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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.3, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -0.2, SoS: -6.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 325 points (23.2/g), 7th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 280 points (20.0/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 45 points (3.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 8.2-5.8.

Coach: Tom Landry (7-7-0)

Stadium: Cotton Bowl
 Training Camp: California Lutheran College (Thousand Oaks, California)

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 325 3995 833 4.8 35 17 16 211 168 362 2387 25 18 5.7 108 416 1608 8 3.9 87
Team Defense 280 4192 887 4.7 38 20 22 240 205 426 2748 17 18 5.9 138 422 1444 13 3.4 80
Lg Rank Offense 7 10 6 8 10 9 10 3 7 10 10 8 12 8
Lg Rank Defense 3 6 5 3 6 12 10 3 9 6 9 2 8 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 New York Giants 31 2 19 270 128 142 1 8 139 40 99 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 Washington Redskins 27 7 16 297 137 160 1 13 274 185 89 5
3 Mon October 4 boxscore L 2-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 13 20 9 181 96 85 3 20 353 156 197 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 35 14 298 234 64 3 22 396 254 142
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-3 @ Cleveland Browns 17 23 15 264 185 79 1 16 335 230 105 1
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-4 @ Green Bay Packers 3 13 13 192 -1 193 5 7 63 -10 73
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13 22 14 255 165 90 3 16 314 245 69 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 3-5 San Francisco 49ers 39 31 9 242 201 41 3 26 411 238 173 5
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 4-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 17 15 341 218 123 5 12 197 147 50 6
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-6 Cleveland Browns 17 24 18 293 169 124 3 15 200 65 135 1
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 4-7 @ Washington Redskins 31 34 17 284 202 82 2 28 415 364 51 6
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 5-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 19 18 341 156 185 2 22 434 370 64 2
13 Sat December 11 boxscore W 6-7 St. Louis Cardinals 27 13 18 403 324 79 1 17 339 251 88
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 7-7 @ New York Giants 38 20 16 334 173 161 2 18 322 213 109 3

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 Don Meredith 27 QB 14 11 7-4-0 141 305 46.2% 2415 22 7.2 13 4.3 65 7.9 7.4 17.1 172.5 79.9 2 3
14 Craig Morton 22 qb 4 1 0-1-0 17 34 50.0% 173 2 5.9 4 11.8 49 5.1 1.0 10.2 43.3 45.0
13 Jerry Rhome 23 qb 11 2 0-2-0 9 21 42.9% 157 1 4.8 1 4.8 82 7.5 6.3 17.4 14.3 65.0
30 Dan Reeves 21 rb 13 4 1 2 50.0% 11 0 0.0 0 0.0 11 5.5 5.5 11.0 0.8 66.7
Team Total 25.7 14 7-7-0 168 362 46.4% 2756 25 6.9 18 5.0 82 7.6 6.8 16.4 196.9 74.8 2 3
Opp Total 14 205 426 48.1% 3063 17 4.0 18 4.2 7.2 6.09 14.9 218.8 67.8 39 315 5.9 4.9 8.4

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 27 FB 13 13 177 690 0 43 3.9 53.1 13.6 14 142 10.1 0 27 1.1 10.9 832 0 2
24 J.D. Smith 33 fb 14 3 86 295 2 24 3.4 21.1 6.1 5 10 2.0 1 5 0.4 0.7 305 3 2
37 Perry Lee Dunn 24 HB 13 7 54 171 2 12 3.2 13.2 4.2 8 74 9.3 1 22 0.6 5.7 245 3 2
17 Don Meredith 27 QB 14 11 35 247 1 22 7.1 17.6 2.5 247 1 11
30 Dan Reeves 21 rb 13 4 33 102 2 13 3.1 7.8 2.5 9 210 23.3 1 47 0.7 16.2 312 3 0
40 Jim Stiger 24 5 1 11 50 0 16 4.5 10.0 2.2 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.8 59 0 1
82 Frank Clarke 31 TE 14 14 8 58 0 21 7.3 4.1 0.6 41 682 16.6 4 53 2.9 48.7 740 4 2
22 Bob Hayes* 23 SE 13 13 4 -8 1 11 -2.0 -0.6 0.3 46 1003 21.8 12 82 3.5 77.2 995 13 3
13 Jerry Rhome 23 qb 11 2 4 11 0 16 2.8 1.0 0.4 11 0 1
14 Craig Morton 22 qb 4 1 3 -8 0 5 -2.7 -2.0 0.8 -8 0 2
42 A.D. Whitfield 22 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0 0 0
26 Buddy Dial 28 FL 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 283 16.6 1 46 1.4 23.6 283 1 0
35 Pete Gent 23 fl 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 233 14.6 2 20 1.6 23.3 233 2 1
84 Pettis Norman 26 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 110 10.0 3 21 0.8 7.9 110 3 1
Team Total 25.7 14 416 1608 8 43 3.9 114.9 29.7 168 2756 16.4 25 82 12.0 196.9 4364 33 31
Opp Total 14 422 1444 13 3.4 103.1 30.1 205 2748 13.4 17 14.6 196.3 4192 30 37

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
20 Mel Renfro* 24 KR/PR/RS 14 14 24 145 0 35 6.0 21 630 1 100 30.0 775
22 Bob Hayes* 23 SE 13 13 12 153 0 47 12.8 17 450 0 66 26.5 1598
40 Jim Stiger 24 5 1 3 14 0 13 4.7 2 28 0 17 14.0 101
73 Ralph Neely 22 RT 14 14 2 13 0 13 6.5 13
30 Dan Reeves 21 rb 13 4 2 45 0 24 22.5 357
Team Total 25.7 14 39 312 0 47 8.0 44 1166 1 100 26.5 5842
Opp Total 14 26 139 1 5.3 63 1229 0 19.5

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
11 Danny Villanueva 28 K/P 14 0 27 16 59.3%% 38 37 97.4%% 60 2505 58 0 41.8
88 Colin Ridgway 28 p 3 0 13 510 44 0 39.2
Team Total 25.7 14 27 16 59.3%% 38 37 97.4%% 73 3015 58 0 41.3
Opp Total 14 30 17 56.7%% 33 29 87.9%% 71 3046 42.9

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
17 Don Meredith 27 QB 14 11 0 11 6 0 0
20 Mel Renfro* 24 KR/PR/RS 14 14 2 92 1 90 0 0 3 2 1 0
52 Dave Edwards 26 RLB 14 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 Cornell Green* 25 LCB 14 14 3 49 0 43 0 0 0 2 9 1
22 Bob Hayes* 23 SE 13 13 0 3 2 0 0
25 Obert Logan 24 LS 14 9 3 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 Warren Livingston 27 RCB 14 14 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Perry Lee Dunn 24 HB 13 7 0 2 1 0 0
27 Mike Gaechter 25 ls 14 5 2 21 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Lilly*+ 26 RDT 14 14 1 17 1 17 0 0 0 2 41 0
43 Don Perkins 27 FB 13 13 0 2 1 -5 0
24 J.D. Smith 33 fb 14 3 0 2 1 0 0
66 George Andrie* 25 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 1
82 Frank Clarke 31 TE 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
77 Jim Colvin 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
54 Chuck Howley* 29 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 58 0
14 Craig Morton 22 qb 4 1 0 2 0 0 0
13 Jerry Rhome 23 qb 11 2 0 1 1 0 0
40 Jim Stiger 24 5 1 0 1 1 0 0
50 Jerry Tubbs 30 MLB 14 14 2 9 0 8 0
44 Don Bishop 31 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Pete Gent 23 fl 10 7 0 1 0 0 0
84 Pettis Norman 26 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
86 Garry Porterfield 22 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 18 198 2 90 0 0 31 34 104 2
Opp Total 14 55 37 17 1

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
11 Danny Villanueva 28 K/P 14 0 37 16 85
22 Bob Hayes* 23 SE 13 13 1 12 13 78
82 Frank Clarke 31 TE 14 14 4 4 24
37 Perry Lee Dunn 24 HB 13 7 2 1 3 18
84 Pettis Norman 26 14 1 3 3 18
30 Dan Reeves 21 rb 13 4 2 1 3 18
24 J.D. Smith 33 fb 14 3 2 1 3 18
35 Pete Gent 23 fl 10 7 2 2 12
20 Mel Renfro* 24 KR/PR/RS 14 14 1 1 2 12
66 George Andrie* 25 RDE 14 14 1 1 6
26 Buddy Dial 28 FL 12 7 1 1 6
27 Mike Gaechter 25 ls 14 5 1 1 6
34 Cornell Green* 25 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
74 Bob Lilly*+ 26 RDT 14 14 1 1 6
25 Obert Logan 24 LS 14 9 1 1 6
17 Don Meredith 27 QB 14 11 1 1 6
Team Total 25.7 14 8 25 1 2 2 2 40 37 16 325
Opp Total 14 13 17 1 2 29 17 1 280

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 NYG W, 31-2 1 1 rush Perry Lee Dunn 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
2 1965-09-19 NYG W, 31-2 2 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
3 1965-09-19 NYG W, 31-2 3 1 rush Perry Lee Dunn 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
4 1965-09-19 NYG W, 31-2 4 45 pass Bob Hayes 45 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
5 1965-09-26 WAS W, 27-7 1 45 pass Bob Hayes 45 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
6 1965-09-26 WAS W, 27-7 2 11 rush Bob Hayes 11 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
7 1965-09-26 WAS W, 27-7 4 7 rush J.D. Smith 7 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
8 1965-10-04 @ STL L, 13-20 2 90 interception Mel Renfro 90 yard interception return (Danny Villanueva kick)
9 1965-10-10 PHI L, 24-35 1 49 pass Bob Hayes 49 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)
10 1965-10-10 PHI L, 24-35 3 82 pass Bob Hayes 82 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Danny Villanueva kick)
11 1965-10-10 PHI L, 24-35 4 30 pass Frank Clarke 30 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)
12 1965-10-17 @ CLE L, 17-23 2 5 pass Pettis Norman 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
13 1965-10-17 @ CLE L, 17-23 4 20 pass Pete Gent 20 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
14 1965-10-31 @ PIT L, 13-22 1 2 pass J.D. Smith 2 yard pass from Don Meredith
15 1965-10-31 @ PIT L, 13-22 3 8 pass Pete Gent 8 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
16 1965-11-07 SFO W, 39-31 1 100 kickoff Mel Renfro 100 yard kickoff return (Danny Villanueva kick)
17 1965-11-07 SFO W, 39-31 2 24 pass Bob Hayes 24 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
18 1965-11-07 SFO W, 39-31 2 0 fumble George Andrie 0 yard fumble return
19 1965-11-07 SFO W, 39-31 2 17 interception Bob Lilly 17 yard interception return (Danny Villanueva kick)
20 1965-11-07 SFO W, 39-31 4 34 pass Bob Hayes 34 yard pass from Don Meredith
21 1965-11-14 PIT W, 24-17 1 1 pass Frank Clarke 1 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
22 1965-11-14 PIT W, 24-17 4 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
23 1965-11-14 PIT W, 24-17 4 28 pass Bob Hayes 28 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
24 1965-11-21 CLE L, 17-24 3 2 pass Pettis Norman 2 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
25 1965-11-21 CLE L, 17-24 4 45 pass Bob Hayes 45 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
26 1965-11-28 @ WAS L, 31-34 1 6 pass Perry Lee Dunn 6 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
27 1965-11-28 @ WAS L, 31-34 1 5 fumble Cornell Green 5 yard fumble return (Danny Villanueva kick)
28 1965-11-28 @ WAS L, 31-34 2 60 blocked field goal Mike Gaechter 60 yard blocked field goal return (Danny Villanueva kick)
29 1965-11-28 @ WAS L, 31-34 4 53 pass Frank Clarke 53 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
30 1965-12-05 @ PHI W, 21-19 1 8 rush Don Meredith 8 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
31 1965-12-05 @ PHI W, 21-19 2 44 pass Bob Hayes 44 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
32 1965-12-05 @ PHI W, 21-19 3 21 pass Frank Clarke 21 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
33 1965-12-11 STL W, 27-13 2 46 pass Bob Hayes 46 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
34 1965-12-11 STL W, 27-13 4 23 pass Dan Reeves 23 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
35 1965-12-11 STL W, 27-13 4 3 pass Pettis Norman 3 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
36 1965-12-19 @ NYG W, 38-20 1 65 pass Bob Hayes 65 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
37 1965-12-19 @ NYG W, 38-20 2 33 pass Bob Hayes 33 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
38 1965-12-19 @ NYG W, 38-20 4 60 blocked field goal Obert Logan 60 yard blocked field goal return (Danny Villanueva kick)
39 1965-12-19 @ NYG W, 38-20 4 29 pass Buddy Dial 29 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
40 1965-12-19 @ NYG W, 38-20 4 2 rush J.D. Smith 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-26 WAS L, 7-27 4 22 pass Bobby Mitchell 22 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
2 1965-10-04 @ STL W, 20-13 1 4 pass Sonny Randle 4 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1965-10-04 @ STL W, 20-13 1 10 rush Bill Triplett 10 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1965-10-10 PHI W, 35-24 1 3 rush Earl Gros 3 yard rush (Dave Lloyd kick)
5 1965-10-10 PHI W, 35-24 2 1 rush King Hill 1 yard rush (Dave Lloyd kick)
6 1965-10-10 PHI W, 35-24 3 2 rush King Hill 2 yard rush (Dave Lloyd kick)
7 1965-10-10 PHI W, 35-24 4 62 fumble George Tarasovic 62 yard fumble return (Dave Lloyd kick)
8 1965-10-10 PHI W, 35-24 4 3 rush Timmy Brown 3 yard rush (Dave Lloyd kick)
9 1965-10-17 @ CLE W, 23-17 1 10 rush Jim Brown 10 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
10 1965-10-17 @ CLE W, 23-17 2 29 pass Walter Roberts 29 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
11 1965-10-24 @ GNB W, 13-3 3 7 rush Jim Taylor 7 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
12 1965-10-31 @ PIT W, 22-13 2 2 pass Dick Hoak 2 yard pass from Bill Nelsen
13 1965-10-31 @ PIT W, 22-13 2 20 pass Gary Ballman 20 yard pass from Bill Nelsen
14 1965-10-31 @ PIT W, 22-13 2 72 pass Gary Ballman 72 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
15 1965-11-07 SFO L, 31-39 1 4 pass Bernie Casey 4 yard pass from George Mira (Tommy Davis kick)
16 1965-11-07 SFO L, 31-39 3 1 rush Gary Lewis 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
17 1965-11-07 SFO L, 31-39 3 3 rush Dave Kopay 3 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
18 1965-11-07 SFO L, 31-39 4 22 pass Dave Parks 22 yard pass from George Mira (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1965-11-14 PIT L, 17-24 1 3 rush Dick Hoak 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
20 1965-11-14 PIT L, 17-24 3 18 fumble Lee Folkins 18 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
21 1965-11-21 CLE W, 24-17 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1965-11-21 CLE W, 24-17 2 67 punt Leroy Kelly 67 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
23 1965-11-21 CLE W, 24-17 3 5 pass Gary Collins 5 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
24 1965-11-28 @ WAS W, 34-31 2 26 pass Charley Taylor 26 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen
25 1965-11-28 @ WAS W, 34-31 3 1 rush Sonny Jurgensen 1 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
26 1965-11-28 @ WAS W, 34-31 4 2 rush Dan Lewis 2 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
27 1965-11-28 @ WAS W, 34-31 4 10 pass Bobby Mitchell 10 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
28 1965-11-28 @ WAS W, 34-31 4 5 pass Angelo Coia 5 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
29 1965-12-05 @ PHI L, 19-21 1 63 pass Ray Poage 63 yard pass from Earl Gros (Sam Baker kick)
30 1965-12-11 STL L, 13-27 1 7 pass Sonny Randle 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1965-12-19 @ NYG L, 20-38 2 30 pass Aaron Thomas 30 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Andy Stynchula kick)
32 1965-12-19 @ NYG L, 20-38 3 7 pass Bobby Crespino 7 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Andy Stynchula kick)
33 1965-12-19 @ NYG L, 20-38 4 4 pass Bobby Crespino 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall