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1979 Cleveland Browns

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.0, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 0.1, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 359 points (22.4/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 352 points (22.0/g), 20th.
 Differential of 7 points (0.4/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 8.2-7.8.

Coach: Sam Rutigliano (9-7-0)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Kent State (Kent, Ohio)

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
General Manager Peter Hadhazy
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 359 5772 1092 5.3 44 17 36 350 289 545 3491 28 27 5.9 189 504 2281 16 4.5 125
Team Defense 352 5650 1076 5.3 32 16 13 307 271 468 3046 14 16 6.1 158 577 2604 25 4.5 136
Lg Rank Offense 9 3 23 13 1 4 6 3 26 12 18 14 15 3
Lg Rank Defense 20 24 25 14 17 16 19 4 23 20 23 27 27 26

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W OT 1-0 @ New York Jets 25 22 24 423 292 131 4 24 390 161 229 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 27 24 23 402 238 164 2 19 248 147 101 1
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 Baltimore Colts 13 10 16 321 197 124 2 13 283 185 98
4 Mon September 24 boxscore W 4-0 Dallas Cowboys 26 7 15 311 229 82 1 20 394 271 123 5
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 4-1 @ Houston Oilers 10 31 24 309 201 108 4 17 270 76 194
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 35 51 24 458 365 93 5 21 522 161 361 1
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 4-3 Washington Redskins 9 13 21 304 137 167 3 13 310 221 89 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 5-3 Cincinnati Bengals 28 27 22 315 191 124 3 20 395 293 102 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 6-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 38 20 27 418 192 226 2 16 282 173 109 3
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 7-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 24 19 23 341 187 154 3 21 435 199 236 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 7-4 Seattle Seahawks 24 29 21 373 158 215 3 24 427 238 189 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W OT 8-4 Miami Dolphins 30 24 25 493 345 148 2 15 317 196 121 3
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L OT 8-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 30 33 22 345 283 62 1 36 606 351 255 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 9-5 Houston Oilers 14 7 23 335 137 198 2 13 249 128 121 2
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 9-6 @ Oakland Raiders 14 19 19 274 105 169 3 20 326 196 130 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 9-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 12 16 21 350 234 116 4 15 196 50 146 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Brian Sipe 30 QB 16 16 9-7-0 286 535 53.5% 3793 28 5.2 26 4.9 74 7.1 5.9 13.3 237.1 73.4 43 347 5.96 4.91 7.4 5 7
15 Mark Miller 23 2 0 2 8 25.0% 31 0 0.0 1 12.5 17 3.9 -1.8 15.5 15.5 3.6 0 0 3.88 -1.75 0.0
8 Johnny Evans 23 P 16 0 1 2 50.0% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 7.0 7.0 14.0 0.9 72.9 0 0 7.00 7.00 0.0
Team Total 26.6 16 9-7-0 289 545 53.0% 3838 28 5.1 27 5.0 74 7.0 5.8 13.3 239.9 72.1 43 347 5.94 4.82 7.3 5 7
Opp Total 16 271 468 57.9% 3289 14 3.0 16 3.4 7.0 6.09 12.1 205.6 75.3 31 243 6.1 5.2 6.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
43 Mike Pruitt* 25 FB 16 16 264 1294 9 77 4.9 80.9 16.5 41 372 9.1 2 50 2.6 23.3 1666 11 6
34 Greg Pruitt 28 6 6 62 233 0 27 3.8 38.8 10.3 14 155 11.1 1 27 2.3 25.8 388 1 1
35 Calvin Hill 32 RB 14 7 53 193 1 33 3.6 13.8 3.8 38 381 10.0 2 31 2.7 27.2 574 3 1
17 Brian Sipe 30 QB 16 16 45 178 2 34 4.0 11.1 2.8 178 2 10
30 Cleo Miller 27 rb 16 3 39 213 1 39 5.5 13.3 2.4 26 251 9.7 0 33 1.6 15.7 464 1 1
26 Dino Hall 24 KR/PR 11 0 22 152 1 52 6.9 13.8 2.0 2 14 7.0 0 8 0.2 1.3 166 1 5
25 Pat Moriarty 24 16 0 14 11 2 8 0.8 0.7 0.9 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.1 1.1 28 2 0
80 Willis Adams 23 16 0 2 4 0 3 2.0 0.3 0.1 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 10 0 1
82 Ozzie Newsome 23 TE 16 16 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 55 781 14.2 9 74 3.4 48.8 787 9 0
83 Ricky Feacher 25 16 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 7 103 14.7 1 25 0.4 6.4 102 1 1
15 Mark Miller 23 2 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -1.0 0.5 -2 0 0
85 Dave Logan 25 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 59 982 16.6 7 46 3.7 61.4 982 7 1
33 Reggie Rucker 32 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 749 17.4 6 54 2.7 46.8 749 6 0
55 Curtis Weathers 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 0.9 14 0 1
89 Keith Wright 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.2 2.6 13 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 504 2281 16 77 4.5 142.6 31.5 289 3838 13.3 28 74 18.1 239.9 6119 44 29
Opp Total 16 577 2604 25 4.5 162.8 36.1 271 3046 11.2 14 16.9 190.4 5650 39 38

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
26 Dino Hall 24 KR/PR 11 0 29 295 0 47 10.2 50 1014 0 33 20.3 1475
89 Keith Wright 23 5 0 12 50 0 13 4.2 15 402 0 45 26.8 465
83 Ricky Feacher 25 16 0 2 51 0 27 25.5 153
24 Randy Rich 26 16 0 2 10 0 6 5.0 10
68 Robert Jackson 26 RG 16 16 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
30 Cleo Miller 27 rb 16 3 1 14 0 14 14.0 478
77 Matt Miller 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
25 Pat Moriarty 24 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 28
34 Greg Pruitt 28 6 6 1 22 0 22 22.0 410
55 Curtis Weathers 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 14
Team Total 26.6 16 41 345 0 47 8.4 75 1531 0 45 20.4 7995
Opp Total 16 45 375 0 8.3 70 1324 0 18.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
12 Don Cockroft 34 K 16 0 6 5 12 8 8 3 3 1 29 17 58.6%% 43 38 88.4%%
8 Johnny Evans 23 P 16 0 69 2844 59 2 41.2
Team Total 26.6 16 6 5 12 8 8 3 3 1 29 17 58.6%% 43 38 88.4%% 69 2844 59 2 41.2
Opp Total 16 35 22 62.9%% 42 34 81.0%% 80 3312 41.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
57 Clay Matthews 23 RLB/rolb 16 16 1 30 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 0 103 0
17 Brian Sipe 30 QB 16 16 0 10 6 -8 0
27 Thom Darden 29 FS 16 16 5 125 1 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Dino Hall 24 KR/PR 11 0 0 5 1 0 0
43 Mike Pruitt* 25 FB 16 16 0 6 0 0 0
28 Ron Bolton 29 LCB 16 16 3 20 0 13 0 0 0 2 2 0
22 Clarence Scott 30 SS 16 16 3 56 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Mickey Sims 24 LDT 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
52 Dick Ambrose 26 lilb/MLB 15 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 0
49 Clinton Burrell 23 16 0 0 1 1 11 0
21 Oliver Davis 25 RCB 16 16 1 33 0 33 0 0 0 1 13 0
83 Ricky Feacher 25 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
59 Charlie Hall 31 LLB/lolb 16 16 2 14 0 11 0
34 Greg Pruitt 28 6 6 0 1 1 0 0
80 Willis Adams 23 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Lyle Alzado 30 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
91 Henry Bradley 26 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Jack Gregory 35 RDE 16 11 0 0 1 0 0
35 Calvin Hill 32 RB 14 7 0 1 0 0 0
85 Dave Logan 25 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
30 Cleo Miller 27 rb 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
25 Pat Moriarty 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Jerry Sherk 31 RDT 10 10 0 0 1 0 0
55 Curtis Weathers 23 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 16 278 1 39 0 0 29 26 31 0 103 0
Opp Total 16 43 38 22

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Don Cockroft 34 K 16 0 38 17 89
43 Mike Pruitt* 25 FB 16 16 9 2 11 66
82 Ozzie Newsome 23 TE 16 16 9 9 54
85 Dave Logan 25 WR 16 16 7 7 42
33 Reggie Rucker 32 WR 16 16 6 6 36
35 Calvin Hill 32 RB 14 7 1 2 3 18
25 Pat Moriarty 24 16 0 2 2 12
17 Brian Sipe 30 QB 16 16 2 2 12
27 Thom Darden 29 FS 16 16 1 1 6
83 Ricky Feacher 25 16 0 1 1 6
26 Dino Hall 24 KR/PR 11 0 1 1 6
30 Cleo Miller 27 rb 16 3 1 1 6
34 Greg Pruitt 28 6 6 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 16 16 28 1 45 38 17 359
Opp Total 16 25 14 2 1 34 22 352

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ NYJ W, 25-22 1 12 pass Greg Pruitt 12 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1979-09-02 @ NYJ W, 25-22 3 17 pass Ozzie Newsome 17 yard pass from Brian Sipe
3 1979-09-09 @ KAN W, 27-24 1 17 pass Reggie Rucker 17 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1979-09-09 @ KAN W, 27-24 2 20 pass Ozzie Newsome 20 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1979-09-09 @ KAN W, 27-24 4 21 pass Reggie Rucker 21 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1979-09-16 BAL W, 13-10 3 35 pass Dave Logan 35 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1979-09-24 DAL W, 26-7 1 23 pass Dave Logan 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe
8 1979-09-24 DAL W, 26-7 1 52 pass Ozzie Newsome 52 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1979-09-24 DAL W, 26-7 1 39 interception Thom Darden 39 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
10 1979-09-24 DAL W, 26-7 4 2 rush Mike Pruitt 2 yard rush
11 1979-09-30 @ HOU L, 10-31 2 1 rush Brian Sipe 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
12 1979-10-07 PIT L, 35-51 2 32 pass Reggie Rucker 32 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
13 1979-10-07 PIT L, 35-51 2 18 pass Ozzie Newsome 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
14 1979-10-07 PIT L, 35-51 3 14 pass Calvin Hill 14 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1979-10-07 PIT L, 35-51 4 30 pass Dave Logan 30 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1979-10-07 PIT L, 35-51 4 13 pass Dave Logan 13 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1979-10-14 WAS L, 9-13 2 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush
18 1979-10-21 CIN W, 28-27 1 6 pass Reggie Rucker 6 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1979-10-21 CIN W, 28-27 3 2 pass Ricky Feacher 2 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1979-10-21 CIN W, 28-27 4 50 pass Mike Pruitt 50 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1979-10-21 CIN W, 28-27 4 27 pass Ozzie Newsome 27 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1979-10-28 @ STL W, 38-20 1 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1979-10-28 @ STL W, 38-20 3 1 rush Pat Moriarty 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1979-10-28 @ STL W, 38-20 4 6 pass Dave Logan 6 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1979-10-28 @ STL W, 38-20 4 39 rush Cleo Miller 39 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1979-10-28 @ STL W, 38-20 4 52 rush Dino Hall 52 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1979-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-19 1 21 pass Reggie Rucker 21 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1979-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-19 4 5 pass Ozzie Newsome 5 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1979-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-19 4 24 rush Mike Pruitt 24 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
30 1979-11-11 SEA L, 24-29 3 65 rush Mike Pruitt 65 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
31 1979-11-11 SEA L, 24-29 3 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1979-11-11 SEA L, 24-29 4 3 rush Brian Sipe 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
33 1979-11-18 MIA W, 30-24 1 2 rush Pat Moriarty 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
34 1979-11-18 MIA W, 30-24 3 14 pass Ozzie Newsome 14 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
35 1979-11-18 MIA W, 30-24 4 34 pass Ozzie Newsome 34 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
36 1979-11-18 MIA W, 30-24 5 39 pass Reggie Rucker 39 yard pass from Brian Sipe
37 1979-11-25 @ PIT L, 30-33 1 21 pass Ozzie Newsome 21 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
38 1979-11-25 @ PIT L, 30-33 2 16 pass Dave Logan 16 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
39 1979-11-25 @ PIT L, 30-33 3 3 pass Calvin Hill 3 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
40 1979-12-02 HOU W, 14-7 1 42 pass Mike Pruitt 42 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
41 1979-12-02 HOU W, 14-7 4 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
42 1979-12-09 @ OAK L, 14-19 3 77 rush Mike Pruitt 77 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
43 1979-12-09 @ OAK L, 14-19 4 2 rush Mike Pruitt 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
44 1979-12-16 @ CIN L, 12-16 1 33 pass Dave Logan 33 yard pass from Brian Sipe
45 1979-12-16 @ CIN L, 12-16 4 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (run failed)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ NYJ L, 22-25 2 1 rush Matt Robinson 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
2 1979-09-02 @ NYJ L, 22-25 4 5 rush Kevin Long 5 yard rush
3 1979-09-09 @ KAN L, 24-27 3 17 pass J.T. Smith 17 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1979-09-09 @ KAN L, 24-27 4 9 rush Tony Reed 9 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1979-09-09 @ KAN L, 24-27 4 1 rush Ted McKnight 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1979-09-16 BAL L, 10-13 1 0 fumble Larry Braziel 0 yard fumble return (Toni Linhart kick)
7 1979-09-24 DAL L, 7-26 1 48 pass Tony Hill 48 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
8 1979-09-30 @ HOU W, 31-10 1 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
9 1979-09-30 @ HOU W, 31-10 2 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1979-09-30 @ HOU W, 31-10 2 34 interception J.C. Wilson 34 yard interception return (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1979-09-30 @ HOU W, 31-10 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 1 7 pass Bennie Cunningham 7 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
13 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 1 10 pass Sidney Thornton 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
14 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 1 71 rush Franco Harris 71 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
15 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 2 14 pass Jim Smith 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
16 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 3 25 rush Franco Harris 25 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
17 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 4 70 rush Rocky Bleier 70 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
18 1979-10-07 PIT W, 51-35 4 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
19 1979-10-14 WAS W, 13-9 4 14 pass Clarence Harmon 14 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
20 1979-10-21 CIN L, 27-28 1 9 pass Don Bass 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
21 1979-10-21 CIN L, 27-28 3 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
22 1979-10-21 CIN L, 27-28 3 8 pass Isaac Curtis 8 yard pass from Ken Anderson
23 1979-10-21 CIN L, 27-28 4 32 rush Pete Johnson 32 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
24 1979-10-28 @ STL L, 20-38 1 72 fumble Steve Neils 72 yard fumble return
25 1979-10-28 @ STL L, 20-38 2 3 rush Ottis Anderson 3 yard rush (Gary Parris pass from Roger Wehrli)
26 1979-10-28 @ STL L, 20-38 4 24 pass Pat Tilley 24 yard pass from Steve Pisarkiewicz (Steve Little kick)
27 1979-11-04 @ PHI L, 19-24 1 19 pass Harold Carmichael 19 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
28 1979-11-04 @ PHI L, 19-24 2 52 rush Wilbert Montgomery 52 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
29 1979-11-11 SEA W, 29-24 1 5 rush Sherman Smith 5 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
30 1979-11-11 SEA W, 29-24 2 2 rush Sherman Smith 2 yard rush
31 1979-11-11 SEA W, 29-24 4 5 rush Al Hunter 5 yard rush
32 1979-11-11 SEA W, 29-24 4 2 rush Sherman Smith 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
33 1979-11-18 MIA L, 24-30 3 9 rush Delvin Williams 9 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
34 1979-11-18 MIA L, 24-30 4 2 pass Bruce Hardy 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
35 1979-11-18 MIA L, 24-30 4 4 pass Delvin Williams 4 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
36 1979-11-25 @ PIT W, 33-30 2 2 pass Franco Harris 2 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
37 1979-11-25 @ PIT W, 33-30 4 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
38 1979-11-25 @ PIT W, 33-30 4 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
39 1979-12-02 HOU L, 7-14 1 11 rush Earl Campbell 11 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
40 1979-12-09 @ OAK W, 19-14 1 39 pass Cliff Branch 39 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Jim Breech kick)
41 1979-12-16 @ CIN W, 16-12 2 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (pass failed)
42 1979-12-16 @ CIN W, 16-12 3 5 rush Jack Thompson 5 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)