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1972 Dallas Cowboys

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 3.4, Defense: 2.7, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 319 points (22.8/g), 10th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 240 points (17.1/g), 6th.
 Differential of 79 points (5.6/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-4.7.

Coach: Tom Landry (10-4-0)

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 319 4466 897 5.0 38 15 12 256 196 367 2342 16 23 5.9 126 499 2124 17 4.3 118
Team Defense 240 3755 842 4.5 33 17 23 217 187 382 2240 18 16 5.4 113 428 1515 7 3.5 81
Lg Rank Offense 10 6 21 14 5 14 8 12 19 10 10 8 6 9
Lg Rank Defense 6 6 12 6 5 24 19 16 18 12 5 1 2 2

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week 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 Philadelphia Eagles 28 6 22 389 235 154 3 17 315 245 70 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 @ New York Giants 23 14 18 297 158 139 14 355 271 84 2
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 13 16 16 269 131 138 5 11 168 44 124
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 13 21 367 176 191 4 14 272 142 130 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-1 @ Baltimore Colts 21 0 21 390 265 125 2 14 175 70 105 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 4-2 @ Washington Redskins 20 24 18 276 160 116 2 17 305 172 133 1
7 Mon October 30 boxscore W 5-2 Detroit Lions 28 24 19 365 206 159 2 14 283 224 59
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 6-2 @ San Diego Chargers 34 28 17 269 169 100 2 17 346 202 144 4
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-2 St. Louis Cardinals 33 24 23 427 197 230 1 16 328 274 54 3
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 8-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 28 7 20 321 158 163 3 12 126 6 120 3
11 Thu November 23 boxscore L 8-3 San Francisco 49ers 10 31 19 308 201 107 4 17 280 157 123 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 9-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 27 6 18 349 140 209 5 10 141 89 52 5
13 Sat December 9 boxscore W 10-3 Washington Redskins 34 24 14 307 61 246 1 19 312 169 143 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 10-4 New York Giants 3 23 10 132 85 47 4 25 349 175 174 1
Playoffs
Division Sat December 23 boxscore W 11-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 30 28 22 402 237 165 5 13 255 150 105 3
ConfChamp Sun December 31 boxscore L 11-5 @ Washington Redskins 3 26 8 169 73 96 1 16 316 194 122 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Craig Morton 29 QB 14 14 10-4-0 185 339 54.6 2396 15 4.4 21 6.2 46 7.1 5.2 13.0 171.1 65.9 23 179 6.12 4.34 6.4
12 Roger Staubach 30 4 0 9 20 45.0 98 0 0.0 2 10.0 21 4.9 0.4 10.9 24.5 20.4 8 59 1.39 -1.82 28.6 1 1
35 Calvin Hill* 25 RB 14 14 1 3 33.3 55 1 33.3 0 0.0 55 18.3 25.0 55.0 3.9 121.5 0 0 18.33 25.00 0.0
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 1 3 33.3 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 31 10.3 10.3 31.0 2.6 72.9 0 0 10.33 10.33 0.0
30 Dan Reeves 28 14 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 27.0 14 10-4-0 196 367 53.4 2580 16 4.4 23 6.3 55 7.0 5.1 13.2 184.3 64.3 31 238 5.88 4.09 7.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 187 382 49.0 2508 18 4.7 16 4.2 6.6 5.62 13.4 179.1 68.5 32 268 5.4 4.5 7.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
35 Calvin Hill* 25 RB 14 14 245 1036 6 26 4.2 74.0 17.5 43 364 8.5 3 33 3.1 26.0 1400 9 7
32 Walt Garrison* 28 FB 14 14 167 784 7 41 4.7 56.0 11.9 37 390 10.5 3 26 2.6 27.9 1174 10 6
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 35 81 1 10 2.3 6.8 2.9 8 131 16.4 1 46 0.7 10.9 212 2 1
44 Robert Newhouse 22 14 0 28 116 1 19 4.1 8.3 2.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.6 124 1 1
14 Craig Morton 29 QB 14 14 8 26 2 12 3.3 1.9 0.6 26 2 4
12 Roger Staubach 30 4 0 6 45 0 20 7.5 11.3 1.5 45 0 1
84 Jean Fugett 21 14 0 3 2 0 9 0.7 0.1 0.2 7 94 13.4 0 29 0.5 6.7 96 0 0
30 Dan Reeves 28 14 0 3 14 0 14 4.7 1.0 0.2 14 0 0
22 Bob Hayes 30 wr 12 5 2 8 0 7 4.0 0.7 0.2 15 200 13.3 0 29 1.3 16.7 208 0 1
19 Lance Alworth 32 WR 14 7 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 15 195 13.0 2 30 1.1 13.9 197 2 0
73 Ralph Neely 29 LT 13 13 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.8 0.1 10 0 0
88 Ron Sellers 25 WR 14 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 653 21.1 5 55 2.2 46.6 653 5 1
21 Billy Parks 24 wr 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 298 16.6 1 38 1.5 24.8 298 1 0
89 Mike Ditka 33 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 198 11.6 1 26 1.2 14.1 198 1 0
87 Billy Truax 29 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 49 12.3 0 18 0.7 8.2 49 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 499 2124 17 41 4.3 151.7 35.6 196 2580 13.2 16 55 14.0 184.3 4704 33 27
Opp Total 14 428 1515 7 3.5 108.2 30.6 187 2240 12.0 18 13.4 160.0 3755 25 40

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
43 Cliff Harris 24 FS/KR/PR 14 14 19 78 0 21 4.1 26 615 0 44 23.7 693
44 Robert Newhouse 22 14 0 18 382 0 30 21.2 506
41 Charlie Waters 24 14 7 9 56 0 17 6.2 2 18 0 18 9.0 74
27 Bill Thomas 23 7 0 2 50 0 30 25.0 50
84 Jean Fugett 21 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 96
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 227
Team Total 27.0 14 28 134 0 21 4.8 50 1080 0 44 21.6 5918
Opp Total 14 15 41 0 2.7 52 1272 0 24.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
15 Toni Fritsch 27 K 14 0 6 6 5 5 6 3 13 5 6 2 36 21 58.3% 36 36 100.0%
81 Marv Bateman 22 P 14 0 51 1949 61 0 38.2
Team Total 27.0 14 6 6 5 5 6 3 13 5 6 2 36 21 58.3% 36 36 100.0% 51 1949 61 0 38.2
Opp Total 14 34 15 44.1% 28 27 96.4% 65 2639 40.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
43 Cliff Harris 24 FS/KR/PR 14 14 3 40 0 23 0 0 4 3 13 0
32 Walt Garrison* 28 FB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
35 Calvin Hill* 25 RB 14 14 0 7 0 0 0
41 Charlie Waters 24 14 7 6 132 1 56 0
14 Craig Morton 29 QB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
54 Chuck Howley 36 RLB 13 13 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
55 Lee Roy Jordan 31 MLB 14 14 2 18 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Jean Fugett 21 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Cornell Green* 32 SS 14 14 2 1 0 1 0
50 D.D. Lewis 27 12 1 1 15 0 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 0 1 1 54 1
73 Ralph Neely 29 LT 13 13 0 0 2 0 0
76 John Niland*+ 28 LG 14 14 0 0 2 1 1
20 Mel Renfro* 31 RCB 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
46 Mark Washington 25 10 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
26 Herb Adderley 33 LCB 13 7 0 0 1 5 0
53 John Babinecz 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Larry Cole 26 LDE 9 7 0 0 1 0 0
52 Dave Edwards 33 LLB 14 0 0 0 1 10 0
22 Bob Hayes 30 wr 12 5 0 1 0 0 0
74 Bob Lilly* 33 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
51 Dave Manders 31 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
44 Robert Newhouse 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
75 Jethro Pugh 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
88 Ron Sellers 25 WR 14 9 0 1 0 0 0
12 Roger Staubach 30 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
67 Pat Toomay 24 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 16 213 1 56 0 0 27 27 86 2 1
Opp Total 14 31 40 23

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Toni Fritsch 27 K 14 0 36 21 99
32 Walt Garrison* 28 FB 14 14 7 3 10 60
35 Calvin Hill* 25 RB 14 14 6 3 9 54
88 Ron Sellers 25 WR 14 9 5 5 30
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 1 1 1 3 18
19 Lance Alworth 32 WR 14 7 2 2 12
14 Craig Morton 29 QB 14 14 2 2 12
89 Mike Ditka 33 TE 14 0 1 1 6
44 Robert Newhouse 22 14 0 1 1 6
76 John Niland*+ 28 LG 14 14 1 1 6
21 Billy Parks 24 wr 12 7 1 1 6
41 Charlie Waters 24 14 7 1 1 6
46 Mark Washington 25 10 1 1 2
Team Total 27.0 14 17 16 2 1 36 36 21 1 317
Opp Total 14 7 18 2 1 27 15 240