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1976 Dallas Cowboys

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.5, Offense: 0.5, Defense: 4.0, SoS: -2.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 296 points (21.1/g), 10th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 194 points (13.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of 102 points (7.3/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 10.2-3.8.

Coach: Tom Landry (11-3-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Myers
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

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
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 296 4884 958 5.1 29 16 18 269 222 390 2737 17 13 6.5 140 538 2147 16 4.0 111
Team Defense 194 3730 919 4.1 28 12 22 246 187 391 1909 12 16 4.4 111 484 1821 12 3.8 113
Lg Rank Offense 10 4 4 10 7 8 6 9 5 5 12 12 9 17
Lg Rank Defense 5 7 20 24 13 22 7 8 16 4 7 6 8 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles 27 7 24 445 265 180 3 18 280 144 136 5
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 @ New Orleans Saints 24 6 22 423 225 198 4 11 163 94 69 1
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 3-0 Baltimore Colts 30 27 21 457 365 92 3 25 400 216 184 1
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 4-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 28 13 25 411 200 211 1 19 243 140 103 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 5-0 @ New York Giants 24 14 18 331 168 163 18 291 153 138 1
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 5-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 21 23 380 229 151 1 26 436 346 90 4
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 6-1 Chicago Bears 31 21 29 529 288 241 3 8 110 17 93
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 7-1 @ Washington Redskins 20 7 18 253 118 135 10 146 58 88 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 8-1 New York Giants 9 3 12 257 161 96 1 18 269 83 186 3
10 Mon November 15 boxscore W 9-1 Buffalo Bills 17 10 14 228 165 63 1 19 250 103 147 1
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 9-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 10 17 15 307 125 182 4 13 230 89 141 2
12 Thu November 25 boxscore W 10-2 St. Louis Cardinals 19 14 16 295 126 169 3 24 377 249 128 2
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 11-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 26 7 22 365 248 117 1 13 176 42 134
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 11-3 Washington Redskins 14 27 10 203 54 149 4 24 359 175 184 4
Playoffs
Division Sun December 19 boxscore L 11-4 Los Angeles Rams 12 14 14 211 126 85 4 17 250 130 120 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
12 Roger Staubach* 34 QB 14 14 11-3-0 208 369 56.4% 2715 14 3.8 11 3.0 53 7.4 6.8 13.1 193.9 79.9 29 215 6.28 5.74 7.3 1 2
11 Danny White 24 P 14 0 13 20 65.0% 213 2 10.0 2 10.0 56 10.7 8.2 16.4 15.2 94.4 1 15 9.43 7.05 4.8
88 Drew Pearson*+ 25 WR 14 14 1 1 100.0% 39 1 100.0 0 0.0 39 39.0 59.0 39.0 2.8 158.3 0 0 39.00 59.00 0.0
Team Total 26.1 14 11-3-0 222 390 56.9% 2967 17 4.4 13 3.3 56 7.6 7.0 13.4 211.9 81.9 30 230 6.52 5.93 7.1 1 2
Opp Total 14 187 391 47.8% 2236 12 3.1 16 4.1 5.7 4.49 12.0 159.7 58.9 44 327 4.4 3.3 10.1

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
21 Doug Dennison 25 RB 14 10 153 542 6 14 3.5 38.7 10.9 8 67 8.4 0 33 0.6 4.8 609 6 3
44 Robert Newhouse 26 fb 14 7 116 450 3 24 3.9 32.1 8.3 15 86 5.7 0 16 1.1 6.1 536 3 2
35 Scott Laidlaw 23 FB 13 7 94 424 3 28 4.5 32.6 7.2 38 325 8.6 1 26 2.9 25.0 749 4 5
26 Preston Pearson 31 rb 10 2 68 233 1 21 3.4 23.3 6.8 23 316 13.7 2 30 2.3 31.6 549 3 1
30 Charley Young 24 rb 11 2 48 208 0 24 4.3 18.9 4.4 11 134 12.2 1 25 1.0 12.2 342 1 1
12 Roger Staubach* 34 QB 14 14 43 184 3 18 4.3 13.1 3.1 184 3 4
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 26 TE 14 14 7 50 0 13 7.1 3.6 0.5 42 680 16.2 2 38 3.0 48.6 730 2 2
11 Danny White 24 P 14 0 6 17 0 14 2.8 1.2 0.4 17 0 0
88 Drew Pearson*+ 25 WR 14 14 2 20 0 11 10.0 1.4 0.1 58 806 13.9 6 40 4.1 57.6 826 6 1
87 Jay Saldi 22 te 13 3 1 19 0 19 19.0 1.5 0.1 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 25 0 0
83 Golden Richards 26 WR 11 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 414 21.8 3 56 1.7 37.6 414 3 0
86 Butch Johnson 22 KR/PR 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 84 16.8 2 43 0.4 6.0 84 2 5
31 Benny Barnes 25 LCB 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 43 43.0 0 43 0.1 3.1 43 0 0
82 Beasley Reece 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.6 6 0 1
Team Total 26.1 14 538 2147 16 28 4.0 153.4 38.4 222 2967 13.4 17 56 15.9 211.9 5114 33 26
Opp Total 14 484 1821 12 3.8 130.1 34.6 187 1909 10.2 12 13.4 136.4 3730 24 32

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
86 Butch Johnson 22 KR/PR 14 2 45 489 0 55 10.9 28 693 0 74 24.8 1266
37 Jim Jensen 23 14 0 13 313 0 35 24.1 313
87 Jay Saldi 22 te 13 3 1 9 0 9 9.0 34
56 Thomas Henderson 23 14 0 0 12 0 12 12
Team Total 26.1 14 45 489 0 55 10.9 42 1027 0 74 24.5 6630
Opp Total 14 28 252 0 9.0 62 1275 0 20.6

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 White 24 P 14 0 70 2690 54 2 38.4
1 Efren Herrera 25 K 14 0 1 1 8 8 8 6 5 3 1 23 18 78.3%% 34 34 100.0%% 2 49 27 0 24.5
Team Total 26.1 14 1 1 8 8 8 6 5 3 1 23 18 78.3%% 34 34 100.0%% 72 2739 54 2 38.0
Opp Total 14 12 7 58.3%% 25 23 92.0%% 95 3677 38.7

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
86 Butch Johnson 22 KR/PR 14 2 0 5 2 0 0
41 Charlie Waters* 28 SS 14 14 3 6 0 5 0 0 1 2 0 0
35 Scott Laidlaw 23 FB 13 7 0 5 0 0 0
12 Roger Staubach* 34 QB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
21 Doug Dennison 25 RB 14 10 0 3 1 0 0
46 Mark Washington 29 rcb 13 5 4 49 0 22 0
53 Bob Breunig 23 LLB 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
43 Cliff Harris*+ 28 FS 14 12 3 32 0 29 0
42 Randy Hughes 23 db 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
88 Drew Pearson*+ 25 WR 14 14 0 1 2 0 1
20 Mel Renfro 35 RCB 9 9 3 23 0 23 0
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 26 TE 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
44 Robert Newhouse 26 fb 14 7 0 2 0 0 0
26 Preston Pearson 31 rb 10 2 0 1 1 0 0
30 Charley Young 24 rb 11 2 0 1 1 0 0
31 Benny Barnes 25 LCB 14 14 1 23 0 23 0
63 Larry Cole 30 RDT 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
62 John Fitzgerald 28 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Mike Hegman 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Too Tall Jones 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
55 Lee Roy Jordan 35 MLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 31 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
79 Harvey Martin* 26 RDE 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
82 Beasley Reece 22 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
54 Randy White 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 14 16 133 0 29 0 0 26 22 0 1 2
Opp Total 14 30 32 20

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
1 Efren Herrera 25 K 14 0 34 18 88
88 Drew Pearson*+ 25 WR 14 14 6 1 7 42
21 Doug Dennison 25 RB 14 10 6 6 36
35 Scott Laidlaw 23 FB 13 7 3 1 4 24
44 Robert Newhouse 26 fb 14 7 3 3 18
26 Preston Pearson 31 rb 10 2 1 2 3 18
83 Golden Richards 26 WR 11 9 3 3 18
12 Roger Staubach* 34 QB 14 14 3 3 18
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 26 TE 14 14 2 2 12
86 Butch Johnson 22 KR/PR 14 2 2 2 12
30 Charley Young 24 rb 11 2 1 1 6
56 Thomas Henderson 23 14 0 1 2
25 Aaron Kyle 22 db 14 0 1 2
Team Total 26.1 14 16 17 1 34 34 18 2 296
Opp Total 14 12 12 1 23 7 194

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 PHI W, 27-7 2 3 rush Doug Dennison 3 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
2 1976-09-12 PHI W, 27-7 2 22 pass Drew Pearson 22 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
3 1976-09-12 PHI W, 27-7 3 19 pass Golden Richards 19 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
4 1976-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-6 2 10 rush Scott Laidlaw 10 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
5 1976-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-6 2 1 rush Scott Laidlaw 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
6 1976-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-6 3 0 fumble Drew Pearson 0 yard fumble return (Efren Herrera kick)
7 1976-09-26 BAL W, 30-27 2 39 pass Golden Richards 39 yard pass from Drew Pearson (Efren Herrera kick)
8 1976-09-26 BAL W, 30-27 3 31 pass Golden Richards 31 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
9 1976-09-26 BAL W, 30-27 4 38 pass Billy Joe DuPree 38 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
10 1976-10-03 @ SEA W, 28-13 2 8 pass Drew Pearson 8 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
11 1976-10-03 @ SEA W, 28-13 2 25 pass Charley Young 25 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
12 1976-10-03 @ SEA W, 28-13 3 24 rush Robert Newhouse 24 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
13 1976-10-03 @ SEA W, 28-13 4 1 rush Doug Dennison 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
14 1976-10-10 @ NYG W, 24-14 1 8 rush Robert Newhouse 8 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
15 1976-10-10 @ NYG W, 24-14 2 40 pass Drew Pearson 40 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
16 1976-10-10 @ NYG W, 24-14 4 4 rush Doug Dennison 4 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
17 1976-10-17 @ STL L, 17-21 2 34 pass Billy Joe DuPree 34 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
18 1976-10-17 @ STL L, 17-21 4 11 pass Drew Pearson 11 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
19 1976-10-24 CHI W, 31-21 2 4 rush Roger Staubach 4 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
20 1976-10-24 CHI W, 31-21 2 4 pass Drew Pearson 4 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
21 1976-10-24 CHI W, 31-21 3 15 pass Preston Pearson 15 yard pass from Danny White (Efren Herrera kick)
22 1976-10-24 CHI W, 31-21 4 6 pass Preston Pearson 6 yard pass from Danny White (Efren Herrera kick)
23 1976-10-31 @ WAS W, 20-7 1 3 rush Doug Dennison 3 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
24 1976-10-31 @ WAS W, 20-7 3 1 rush Roger Staubach 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
25 1976-11-15 BUF W, 17-10 2 2 rush Preston Pearson 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
26 1976-11-15 BUF W, 17-10 2 21 pass Drew Pearson 21 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
27 1976-11-21 @ ATL L, 10-17 1 16 rush Scott Laidlaw 16 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
28 1976-11-25 STL W, 19-14 1 2 pass Scott Laidlaw 2 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
29 1976-11-25 STL W, 19-14 2 4 rush Roger Staubach 4 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
30 1976-12-05 @ PHI W, 26-7 1 2 rush Doug Dennison 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
31 1976-12-05 @ PHI W, 26-7 3 7 pass Butch Johnson 7 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
32 1976-12-05 @ PHI W, 26-7 4 10 rush Robert Newhouse 10 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
33 1976-12-12 WAS L, 14-27 2 12 rush Doug Dennison 12 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
34 1976-12-12 WAS L, 14-27 3 43 pass Butch Johnson 43 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 PHI L, 7-27 4 20 pass Tom Sullivan 20 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1976-09-19 @ NOR L, 6-24 4 1 rush Alvin Maxson 1 yard rush
3 1976-09-26 BAL L, 27-30 1 3 rush Roosevelt Leaks 3 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
4 1976-09-26 BAL L, 27-30 2 6 rush Bert Jones 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
5 1976-09-26 BAL L, 27-30 4 2 rush Don McCauley 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
6 1976-10-03 @ SEA L, 13-28 1 9 pass Don Testerman 9 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1976-10-03 @ SEA L, 13-28 2 4 pass Steve Largent 4 yard pass from Jim Zorn
8 1976-10-10 @ NYG L, 14-24 3 30 pass Jim Robinson 30 yard pass from Craig Morton (Joe Danelo kick)
9 1976-10-10 @ NYG L, 14-24 4 6 rush Larry Csonka 6 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1976-10-17 @ STL W, 21-17 2 54 pass Mel Gray 54 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1976-10-17 @ STL W, 21-17 3 4 pass Terry Metcalf 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1976-10-17 @ STL W, 21-17 4 17 pass Mel Gray 17 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1976-10-24 CHI L, 21-31 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
14 1976-10-24 CHI L, 21-31 3 37 interception Mike Hartenstine 37 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
15 1976-10-24 CHI L, 21-31 3 2 rush Johnny Musso 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
16 1976-10-31 @ WAS L, 7-20 4 7 pass Roy Jefferson 7 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1976-11-15 BUF L, 10-17 2 27 pass Reuben Gant 27 yard pass from Gary Marangi (George Jakowenko kick)
18 1976-11-21 @ ATL W, 17-10 4 35 rush Mike Esposito 35 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1976-11-21 @ ATL W, 17-10 4 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1976-11-25 STL L, 14-19 2 5 rush Steve Jones 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1976-11-25 STL L, 14-19 4 19 pass Mel Gray 19 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1976-12-05 @ PHI L, 7-26 2 20 pass Charlie Smith 20 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Horst Muhlmann kick)
23 1976-12-12 WAS W, 27-14 2 6 pass Jean Fugett 6 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1976-12-12 WAS W, 27-14 4 15 rush Calvin Hill 15 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1976-12-12 WAS W, 27-14 4 3 rush John Riggins 3 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)