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1979 Dallas Cowboys

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11-5-0, NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.3, Offense: 3.0, Defense: 0.3, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 371 points (23.2/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (19.6/g), 12th.
 Differential of 58 points (3.6/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.6-6.4.

Coach: Tom Landry (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Reeves
 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
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
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 371 5968 1122 5.3 34 21 22 339 287 503 3593 29 13 6.6 195 578 2375 15 4.1 122
Team Defense 313 4586 978 4.7 23 10 20 259 207 435 2471 21 13 5.2 134 500 2115 15 4.2 105
Lg Rank Offense 5 2 6 24 2 8 4 2 1 4 8 10 18 11
Lg Rank Defense 12 8 28 28 3 6 3 15 28 8 4 11 10 20

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 2 boxscore W 1-0 @ St. Louis Cardinals 22 21 24 455 294 161 1 17 342 105 237 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 13 19 347 249 98 1 16 294 231 63 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 Chicago Bears 24 20 26 420 206 214 3 14 318 118 200 2
4 Mon September 24 boxscore L 3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 7 26 20 394 271 123 5 15 311 229 82 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 4-1 Cincinnati Bengals 38 13 24 370 176 194 1 20 285 181 104 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 5-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 36 20 25 446 167 279 2 14 240 179 61 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 6-1 Los Angeles Rams 30 6 23 403 202 201 1 11 158 99 59 3
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 7-1 St. Louis Cardinals 22 13 12 319 164 155 3 18 235 98 137 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 7-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 3 14 16 278 199 79 1 16 288 115 173
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 8-2 @ New York Giants 16 14 19 344 238 106 1 12 249 133 116 1
11 Mon November 12 boxscore L 8-3 Philadelphia Eagles 21 31 17 408 285 123 3 17 328 158 170
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 8-4 @ Washington Redskins 20 34 27 384 299 85 5 19 306 202 104
13 Thu November 22 boxscore L 8-5 Houston Oilers 24 30 20 371 279 92 3 17 378 154 224
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 9-5 New York Giants 28 7 21 316 150 166 14 197 98 99 3
15 Sat December 8 boxscore W 10-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 24 17 19 279 94 185 1 18 284 204 80 1
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 11-5 Washington Redskins 35 34 27 434 320 114 3 21 373 167 206 1
Playoffs
Division Sun December 30 boxscore L 11-6 Los Angeles Rams 19 21 17 306 150 156 1 16 361 202 159 2

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
12 Roger Staubach* 37 QB 16 16 11-5-0 267 461 57.9 3586 27 5.9 11 2.4 75 7.8 7.9 13.4 224.1 92.3 36 240 6.73 6.82 7.2 4 4
11 Danny White 27 P 16 0 19 39 48.7 267 1 2.6 2 5.1 45 6.8 5.1 14.1 16.7 58.4 4 46 5.14 3.51 9.3
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 1 3 33.3 30 1 33.3 0 0.0 30 10.0 16.7 30.0 1.9 111.1 1 4 6.50 11.50 25.0
Team Total 26.4 16 11-5-0 287 503 57.1 3883 29 5.8 13 2.6 75 7.7 7.7 13.5 242.7 90.2 41 290 6.60 6.60 7.5 4 4
Opp Total 16 207 435 47.6 2833 21 4.8 13 3.0 6.5 6.13 13.7 177.1 72.5 43 362 5.2 4.8 9.0

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
33 Tony Dorsett 25 RB 14 14 250 1107 6 41 4.4 79.1 17.9 45 375 8.3 1 32 3.2 26.8 1482 7 9
44 Robert Newhouse 29 FB 14 11 124 449 3 21 3.6 32.1 8.9 7 55 7.9 1 21 0.5 3.9 504 4 2
35 Scott Laidlaw 26 rb 16 3 69 236 3 15 3.4 14.8 4.3 12 59 4.9 0 12 0.8 3.7 295 3 5
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 67 248 2 15 3.7 15.5 4.2 25 251 10.0 1 27 1.6 15.7 499 3 2
12 Roger Staubach* 37 QB 16 16 37 172 0 20 4.6 10.8 2.3 172 0 8
36 Larry Brinson 25 14 0 14 48 0 10 3.4 3.4 1.0 48 0 1
26 Preston Pearson 34 14 0 7 14 1 11 2.0 1.0 0.5 26 333 12.8 1 26 1.9 23.8 347 2 0
88 Drew Pearson 28 WR 15 15 3 27 0 16 9.0 1.8 0.2 55 1026 18.7 8 56 3.7 68.4 1053 8 0
80 Tony Hill* 23 WR 16 15 2 18 0 12 9.0 1.1 0.1 60 1062 17.7 10 75 3.8 66.4 1080 10 1
89 Billy Joe DuPree 29 TE 16 16 2 19 0 20 9.5 1.2 0.1 29 324 11.2 5 33 1.8 20.3 343 5 1
87 Jay Saldi 25 16 1 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 14 181 12.9 1 23 0.9 11.3 180 1 0
86 Butch Johnson 25 wr 11 1 1 13 0 13 13.0 1.2 0.1 6 105 17.5 1 28 0.5 9.5 118 1 0
11 Danny White 27 P 16 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 1.6 0.1 25 0 1
84 Doug Cosbie 23 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 36 7.2 0 12 0.3 2.3 36 0 1
81 Steve Wilson 22 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 76 25.3 0 45 0.2 4.8 76 0 1
Team Total 26.4 16 578 2375 15 41 4.1 148.4 36.1 287 3883 13.5 29 75 17.9 242.7 6258 44 34
Opp Total 16 500 2115 15 4.2 132.2 31.3 207 2471 11.9 21 12.9 154.4 4586 36 20

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
81 Steve Wilson 22 PR 16 0 35 236 0 13 6.7 19 328 0 26 17.3 640
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 38 780 0 70 20.5 1279
22 Wade Manning 24 9 0 10 55 0 17 5.5 7 145 0 47 20.7 200
80 Tony Hill* 23 WR 16 15 6 43 0 12 7.2 1 32 0 32 32.0 1155
36 Larry Brinson 25 14 0 2 23 0 17 11.5 71
57 Bruce Huther 25 16 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Team Total 26.4 16 51 334 0 17 6.5 68 1316 0 70 19.4 7908
Opp Total 16 34 252 0 7.4 68 1578 1 23.2

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
11 Danny White 27 P 16 0 76 3168 73 0 41.7
1 Rafael Septien 26 K 16 0 7 7 11 7 8 3 3 2 29 19 65.5% 44 40 90.9%
Team Total 26.4 16 7 7 11 7 8 3 3 2 29 19 65.5% 44 40 90.9% 76 3168 73 0 41.7
Opp Total 16 27 17 63.0% 38 34 89.5% 96 3917 40.8

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
12 Roger Staubach* 37 QB 16 16 0 8 6 0 0
33 Tony Dorsett 25 RB 14 14 0 9 1 0 0
35 Scott Laidlaw 26 rb 16 3 0 5 0 0 0
31 Benny Barnes 28 LCB 15 15 2 20 0 11 0 0 0 2 33 1
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 0 2 2 0 0
43 Cliff Harris* 31 FS 16 16 2 35 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Randy Hughes 26 SS 15 15 2 91 0 68 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Billy Joe DuPree 29 TE 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
25 Aaron Kyle 25 RCB 16 16 2 0 0 0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 34 RLB 16 16 2 8 0 5 0
34 Aaron Mitchell 23 db 16 1 1 36 0 36 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Robert Newhouse 29 FB 14 11 0 2 0 0 0
32 Dennis Thurman 23 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Steve Wilson 22 PR 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
36 Larry Brinson 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
61 Jim Cooper 24 RT 15 11 0 0 1 0 0
84 Doug Cosbie 23 te 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
67 Pat Donovan* 26 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
80 Tony Hill* 23 WR 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
22 Wade Manning 24 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
64 Tom Rafferty 25 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
52 Robert Shaw 23 c 16 1 0 1 0 -34 0
65 Dave Stalls 24 LDT 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
77 Bruce Thornton 21 16 0 1 3 0 3 0
11 Danny White 27 P 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
54 Randy White*+ 26 RDT 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 13 193 0 68 0 0 34 22 -1 1 1
Opp Total 16 41 20 10

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
1 Rafael Septien 26 K 16 0 40 19 97
80 Tony Hill* 23 WR 16 15 10 10 60
88 Drew Pearson 28 WR 15 15 8 8 48
33 Tony Dorsett 25 RB 14 14 6 1 7 42
89 Billy Joe DuPree 29 TE 16 16 5 5 30
44 Robert Newhouse 29 FB 14 11 3 1 4 24
35 Scott Laidlaw 26 rb 16 3 3 3 18
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 2 1 3 18
26 Preston Pearson 34 14 0 1 1 2 12
31 Benny Barnes 28 LCB 15 15 1 1 6
86 Butch Johnson 25 wr 11 1 1 1 6
87 Jay Saldi 25 16 1 1 1 6
79 Harvey Martin* 29 RDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.4 16 15 29 1 45 40 19 2 369
Opp Total 16 15 21 1 1 34 17 313