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1961 Dallas Cowboys

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4-9-1, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.4, Offense: -5.9, Defense: -6.4, SoS: -2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 236 points (16.9/g), 13th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 380 points (27.1/g), 12th.
 Differential of -144 points (-10.3/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 3.4-10.6.

Coach: Tom Landry (4-9-1)

Stadium: Cotton Bowl
 Training Camp: St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota)

Team Info

Principal Owner Clint Murchison Jr.
President/General Manager Tex Schramm
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 236 4480 870 5.1 48 21 9 239 215 422 2661 23 27 5.9 130 416 1819 6 4.4 100
Team Defense 380 4592 806 5.7 43 18 12 254 168 326 2431 21 25 6.9 120 454 2161 20 4.8 122
Lg Rank Offense 13 8 13 12 7 3 6 4 10 10 10 10 14 7
Lg Rank Defense 12 10 6 5 10 1 7 8 5 11 10 12 12 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 24 20 403 307 96 2 15 342 237 105 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 Minnesota Vikings 21 7 22 437 229 208 3 16 251 126 125 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 7 25 9 152 100 52 3 18 316 100 216 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 28 0 18 297 180 117 14 183 100 83 5
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 3-2 New York Giants 10 31 15 331 139 192 7 21 375 117 258 6
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles 7 43 26 346 169 177 2 23 480 191 289
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 4-3 @ New York Giants 17 16 17 333 187 146 4 15 262 150 112 4
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 4-4 St. Louis Cardinals 17 31 18 374 238 136 5 13 193 71 122 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 4-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 37 8 185 122 63 2 22 371 204 167 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore T 4-5-1 Washington Redskins 28 28 27 441 271 170 4 18 292 210 82 3
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 4-6-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 35 21 358 240 118 3 20 454 337 117 4
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 4-7-1 Cleveland Browns 17 38 19 376 202 174 6 23 373 143 230 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 4-8-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 13 31 8 126 16 110 3 14 334 260 74 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 4-9-1 @ Washington Redskins 24 34 11 321 261 60 4 22 366 185 181 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
14 Eddie LeBaron 31 QB 14 10 2-8-0 120 236 50.8% 1741 14 5.9 16 6.8 80 7.4 5.5 14.5 124.4 66.7 3 2
17 Don Meredith 23 qb 8 4 2-1-1 94 182 51.6% 1161 9 4.9 11 6.0 56 6.4 4.6 12.4 145.1 63.0
11 Buddy Humphrey 26 2 0 1 2 50.0% 16 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 8.0 8.0 16.0 8.0 77.1
35 J.W. Lockett 24 fb 12 7 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 25.7 14 4-9-1 215 422 50.9% 2918 23 5.5 27 6.4 80 6.9 5.1 13.6 208.4 64.9 3 2
Opp Total 14 168 326 51.5% 2635 21 6.4 25 7.7 8.1 5.92 15.7 188.2 68.2 26 204 6.9 4.9 7.4

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 Don Perkins* 23 HB 14 14 200 815 4 47 4.1 58.2 14.3 32 298 9.3 1 38 2.3 21.3 1113 5 5
31 Amos Marsh 22 FB/KR/PR 14 7 84 379 1 71 4.5 27.1 6.0 21 189 9.0 2 46 1.5 13.5 568 3 12
35 J.W. Lockett 24 fb 12 7 66 280 0 21 4.2 23.3 5.5 15 114 7.6 2 26 1.3 9.5 394 2 7
17 Don Meredith 23 qb 8 4 22 176 1 28 8.0 22.0 2.8 176 1 9
14 Eddie LeBaron 31 QB 14 10 20 72 0 21 3.6 5.1 1.4 72 0 7
45 L.G. Dupre 29 10 0 16 60 0 12 3.8 6.0 1.6 6 49 8.2 0 17 0.6 4.9 109 0 2
34 Merrill Douglas 25 6 0 5 24 0 6 4.8 4.0 0.8 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.2 -0.3 22 0 0
42 Don McIlhenny 27 3 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 1.3 0.7 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.3 2.0 10 0 0
81 Billy Howton 31 SE 14 14 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 56 785 14.0 4 53 4.0 56.1 794 4 1
82 Frank Clarke 27 FL 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 919 22.4 9 80 2.9 65.6 919 9 1
36 Dick Bielski* 29 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 377 14.5 3 28 1.9 26.9 377 3 0
83 Jim Doran 34 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 153 11.8 2 29 0.9 10.9 153 2 1
21 Glynn Gregory 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 30 10.0 0 13 0.2 2.1 30 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 416 1819 6 71 4.4 129.9 29.7 215 2918 13.6 23 80 15.4 208.4 4737 29 46
Opp Total 14 454 2161 20 4.8 154.4 32.4 168 2431 14.5 21 12.0 173.6 4592 41 30

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
31 Amos Marsh 22 FB/KR/PR 14 7 14 71 0 19 5.1 26 667 0 79 25.7 1306
43 Don Perkins* 23 HB 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 22 443 0 30 20.1 1564
45 L.G. Dupre 29 10 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 6 110 0 24 18.3 223
41 Warren Livingston 23 LCB 8 8 6 20 0 12 3.3 20
35 J.W. Lockett 24 fb 12 7 4 46 0 21 11.5 440
33 Gene Babb 27 RLB 14 9 2 34 0 19 17.0 34
30 Mike Dowdle 24 llb 14 6 2 33 0 19 16.5 33
83 Jim Doran 34 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 153
34 Merrill Douglas 25 6 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 34
Team Total 25.7 14 23 103 0 19 4.5 64 1345 0 79 21.0 6185
Opp Total 14 17 193 0 11.4 43 978 0 22.7

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
61 Allen Green 23 K/P 14 0 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 15 5 33.3%% 19 19 100.0%% 61 2236 53 1 36.7
36 Dick Bielski* 29 TE 14 14 3 3 3 2 3 1 9 6 66.7%% 10 10 100.0%%
Team Total 25.7 14 3 2 7 4 6 4 7 1 1 24 11 45.8%% 29 29 100.0%% 61 2236 53 1 36.7
Opp Total 14 28 14 50.0%% 49 44 89.8%% 43 1956 45.5

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
31 Amos Marsh 22 FB/KR/PR 14 7 0 12 3 0 0
17 Don Meredith 23 qb 8 4 0 9 5 0 0
35 J.W. Lockett 24 fb 12 7 0 7 3 1 0
44 Don Bishop 27 RCB 14 14 8 172 0 57 0 0 0 1 13 0
14 Eddie LeBaron 31 QB 14 10 0 7 2 1 0
43 Don Perkins* 23 HB 14 14 0 5 4 24 0
78 Don Healy 25 LDT 14 14 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 5 0 0
50 Jerry Tubbs 26 MLB 14 14 3 33 0 33 0 0 0 2 8 0
40 Jimmy Harris 27 db 11 4 2 13 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 Warren Livingston 23 LCB 8 8 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 2 0 0
20 Bob Bercich 25 LS 6 6 3 48 0 28 0
30 Mike Dowdle 24 llb 14 6 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 L.G. Dupre 29 10 0 0 2 1 0 0
47 Dicky Moegle 27 RS 14 14 2 31 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Frank Clarke 27 FL 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
83 Jim Doran 34 14 0 0 1 1 10 0
79 Ken Frost 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Glynn Gregory 22 14 0 1 21 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Billy Howton 31 SE 14 14 0 1 1 4 0
33 Gene Babb 27 RLB 14 9 0 0 1 0 0
32 Tom Franckhauser 24 db 6 4 1 23 0 23 0
72 Bill Herchman 28 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
67 John Houser 26 lg/rt 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
54 Chuck Howley 25 LLB/rlb 13 13 1 5 0 5 0
74 Bob Lilly 22 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
80 Lee Murchison 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 25 374 0 57 0 0 46 43 61 0
Opp Total 14 32 30 12

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
82 Frank Clarke 27 FL 14 14 9 9 54
36 Dick Bielski* 29 TE 14 14 3 3 10 6 46
61 Allen Green 23 K/P 14 0 19 5 34
43 Don Perkins* 23 HB 14 14 4 1 5 30
81 Billy Howton 31 SE 14 14 4 4 24
31 Amos Marsh 22 FB/KR/PR 14 7 1 2 3 18
83 Jim Doran 34 14 0 2 2 12
35 J.W. Lockett 24 fb 12 7 2 2 12
17 Don Meredith 23 qb 8 4 1 1 6
Team Total 25.7 14 6 23 29 29 11 236
Opp Total 14 20 21 2 6 44 14 380

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 PIT W, 27-24 1 44 pass Frank Clarke 44 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
2 1961-09-17 PIT W, 27-24 3 45 pass Billy Howton 45 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
3 1961-09-17 PIT W, 27-24 4 17 pass Dick Bielski 17 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
4 1961-09-24 MIN W, 21-7 1 6 rush Amos Marsh 6 yard rush (Allen Green kick)
5 1961-09-24 MIN W, 21-7 2 20 rush Don Meredith 20 yard rush (Allen Green kick)
6 1961-09-24 MIN W, 21-7 4 20 pass Amos Marsh 20 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
7 1961-10-01 @ CLE L, 7-25 4 7 pass Don Perkins 7 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
8 1961-10-08 @ MIN W, 28-0 1 12 pass Billy Howton 12 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ MIN W, 28-0 2 3 rush Don Perkins 3 yard rush (Allen Green kick)
10 1961-10-08 @ MIN W, 28-0 3 23 pass Frank Clarke 23 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
11 1961-10-08 @ MIN W, 28-0 4 52 pass Frank Clarke 52 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
12 1961-10-15 NYG L, 10-31 1 5 pass J.W. Lockett 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
13 1961-10-22 PHI L, 7-43 3 5 pass J.W. Lockett 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
14 1961-10-29 @ NYG W, 17-16 1 12 pass Frank Clarke 12 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
15 1961-10-29 @ NYG W, 17-16 2 14 pass Dick Bielski 14 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
16 1961-11-05 STL L, 17-31 3 42 pass Frank Clarke 42 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
17 1961-11-05 STL L, 17-31 4 32 pass Frank Clarke 32 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
18 1961-11-12 @ PIT L, 7-37 2 11 rush Don Perkins 11 yard rush (Allen Green kick)
19 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 1 40 pass Frank Clarke 40 yard pass from Don Meredith (Dick Bielski kick)
20 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 3 15 pass Billy Howton 15 yard pass from Don Meredith (Dick Bielski kick)
21 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 3 2 rush Don Perkins 2 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
22 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 4 3 pass Dick Bielski 3 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
23 1961-11-26 @ PHI L, 13-35 4 21 pass Amos Marsh 21 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
24 1961-12-03 CLE L, 17-38 2 16 pass Jim Doran 16 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
25 1961-12-03 CLE L, 17-38 4 5 pass Jim Doran 5 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
26 1961-12-10 @ STL L, 13-31 2 2 rush Don Perkins 2 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
27 1961-12-17 @ WAS L, 24-34 3 80 pass Frank Clarke 80 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
28 1961-12-17 @ WAS L, 24-34 3 66 pass Frank Clarke 66 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
29 1961-12-17 @ WAS L, 24-34 4 11 pass Billy Howton 11 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 PIT L, 24-27 2 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1961-09-17 PIT L, 24-27 2 44 pass Buddy Dial 44 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1961-09-17 PIT L, 24-27 4 39 interception Johnny Sample 39 yard interception return (Bobby Layne kick)
4 1961-09-24 MIN L, 7-21 2 4 rush Tommy Mason 4 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
5 1961-10-01 @ CLE W, 25-7 1 7 rush Jim Brown 7 yard rush
6 1961-10-01 @ CLE W, 25-7 2 16 pass Rich Kreitling 16 yard pass from Milt Plum
7 1961-10-01 @ CLE W, 25-7 4 8 pass Rich Kreitling 8 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
8 1961-10-15 NYG W, 31-10 2 14 pass Alex Webster 14 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1961-10-15 NYG W, 31-10 3 1 rush Joe Morrison 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1961-10-15 NYG W, 31-10 3 102 interception Erich Barnes 102 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1961-10-15 NYG W, 31-10 4 14 pass Kyle Rote 14 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 1 5 rush Billy Ray Barnes 5 yard rush
13 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 2 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 3 8 rush Clarence Peaks 8 yard rush
15 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 3 2 rush Ted Dean 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 3 14 pass Tommy McDonald 14 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1961-10-22 PHI W, 43-7 4 1 rush Theron Sapp 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1961-10-29 @ NYG L, 16-17 2 6 pass Kyle Rote 6 yard pass from Bob Gaiters (Pat Summerall kick)
19 1961-11-05 STL W, 31-17 1 1 rush Frank Mestnik 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
20 1961-11-05 STL W, 31-17 2 31 interception Billy Stacy 31 yard interception return (Gerry Perry kick)
21 1961-11-05 STL W, 31-17 2 39 interception Billy Stacy 39 yard interception return (Gerry Perry kick)
22 1961-11-05 STL W, 31-17 4 12 pass Taz Anderson 12 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Gerry Perry kick)
23 1961-11-12 @ PIT W, 37-7 1 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1961-11-12 @ PIT W, 37-7 2 73 pass Buddy Dial 73 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1961-11-12 @ PIT W, 37-7 3 71 interception Bill Butler 71 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1961-11-12 @ PIT W, 37-7 4 15 pass Buddy Dial 15 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 1 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
28 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 2 33 interception Dale Hackbart 33 yard interception return (John Aveni kick)
29 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 2 9 pass Fred Dugan 9 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
30 1961-11-19 WAS T, 28-28 4 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
31 1961-11-26 @ PHI W, 35-13 1 60 pass Ted Dean 60 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
32 1961-11-26 @ PHI W, 35-13 1 40 pass Pete Retzlaff 40 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
33 1961-11-26 @ PHI W, 35-13 2 46 pass Tommy McDonald 46 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
34 1961-11-26 @ PHI W, 35-13 2 40 pass Tommy McDonald 40 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
35 1961-11-26 @ PHI W, 35-13 3 27 pass Tommy McDonald 27 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
36 1961-12-03 CLE W, 38-17 1 34 fumble Bernie Parrish 34 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
37 1961-12-03 CLE W, 38-17 1 30 fumble Vince Costello 30 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
38 1961-12-03 CLE W, 38-17 1 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
39 1961-12-03 CLE W, 38-17 4 21 pass Jim Brown 21 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
40 1961-12-03 CLE W, 38-17 4 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
41 1961-12-10 @ STL W, 31-13 2 10 pass John David Crow 10 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
42 1961-12-10 @ STL W, 31-13 3 3 rush John David Crow 3 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
43 1961-12-10 @ STL W, 31-13 4 27 pass Sonny Randle 27 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
44 1961-12-10 @ STL W, 31-13 4 17 pass Sonny Randle 17 yard pass from Prentice Gautt (Gerry Perry kick)
45 1961-12-17 @ WAS W, 34-24 1 5 rush Dick James 5 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
46 1961-12-17 @ WAS W, 34-24 3 3 rush Dick James 3 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
47 1961-12-17 @ WAS W, 34-24 3 1 pass Dick James 1 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
48 1961-12-17 @ WAS W, 34-24 3 39 rush Dick James 39 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
49 1961-12-17 @ WAS W, 34-24 4 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush