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1980 Dallas Cowboys

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12-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFC East Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.0, Offense: 7.8, Defense: 0.1, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 454 points (28.4/g), 1st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 311 points (19.4/g), 13th.
 Differential of 143 points (8.9/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 11.4-4.6.

Coach: Tom Landry (12-4-0)
 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 454 5482 1075 5.1 39 14 23 337 265 449 3104 30 25 6.5 171 595 2378 26 4.0 143
Team Defense 311 5279 996 5.3 47 20 28 286 231 484 3210 21 27 6.1 160 469 2069 15 4.4 98
Lg Rank Offense 1 9 17 12 2 24 14 3 17 7 3 6 1 9
Lg Rank Defense 13 17 2 3 9 13 16 12 5 16 6 18 14 26

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 Mon September 8 boxscore W 1-0 @ Washington Redskins 17 3 18 284 107 177 2 14 239 181 58 1
2 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-1 @ Denver Broncos 20 41 20 386 276 110 3 19 343 190 153
3 Sun September 21 boxscore W 2-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28 17 26 390 244 146 1 22 442 238 204 2
4 Sun September 28 boxscore W 3-1 @ Green Bay Packers 28 7 24 394 200 194 1 17 264 132 132 1
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 4-1 New York Giants 24 3 20 335 250 85 2 14 292 155 137 4
6 Sun October 12 boxscore W 5-1 San Francisco 49ers 59 14 28 460 226 234 14 225 147 78 10
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 5-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 10 17 19 249 203 46 5 15 248 180 68 4
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 6-2 San Diego Chargers 42 31 29 425 227 198 2 21 449 352 97 7
9 Sun November 2 boxscore W 7-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 27 24 16 310 252 58 2 18 360 217 143 2
10 Sun November 9 boxscore L 7-3 @ New York Giants 35 38 21 394 155 239 5 26 462 345 117 2
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 8-3 St. Louis Cardinals 31 21 26 460 276 184 2 16 329 188 141 1
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 9-3 Washington Redskins 14 10 12 199 84 115 6 14 222 38 184 2
13 Thu November 27 boxscore W 10-3 Seattle Seahawks 51 7 24 325 125 200 2 18 232 84 148 7
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W 11-3 @ Oakland Raiders 19 13 17 260 132 128 1 16 248 165 83 4
15 Mon December 15 boxscore L 11-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 38 13 271 175 96 3 21 517 275 242
16 Sun December 21 boxscore W 12-4 Philadelphia Eagles 35 27 24 340 172 168 2 21 407 323 84
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 28 boxscore W 13-4 Los Angeles Rams 34 13 29 528 190 338 3 15 260 168 92 3
Division Sun January 4 boxscore W 14-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 30 27 22 422 310 112 2 18 371 285 86 2
ConfChamp Sun January 11 boxscore L 14-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 20 11 206 116 90 4 19 340 77 263 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
11 Danny White 28 P/QB 16 16 12-4-0 260 436 59.6 3287 28 6.4 25 5.7 58 7.5 6.2 12.6 205.4 80.7 30 252 6.51 5.30 6.4 2 2
18 Glenn Carano 25 3 0 5 12 41.7 69 2 16.7 0 0.0 25 5.8 9.1 13.8 23.0 100.3 1 0 5.31 8.38 7.7
33 Tony Dorsett 26 RB 15 15 0 1 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 26.3 16 12-4-0 265 449 59.0 3356 30 6.7 25 5.6 58 7.5 6.3 12.7 209.8 81.5 31 252 6.47 5.37 6.5 2 2
Opp Total 16 231 484 47.7 3568 21 4.3 27 5.6 7.4 5.73 15.4 223.0 63.8 43 358 6.1 4.6 8.2

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 26 RB 15 15 278 1185 11 56 4.3 79.0 18.5 34 263 7.7 0 27 2.3 17.5 1448 11 8
44 Robert Newhouse 30 FB 16 10 118 451 6 29 3.8 28.2 7.4 8 75 9.4 0 18 0.5 4.7 526 6 3
20 Ron Springs 24 fb 15 6 89 326 6 20 3.7 21.7 5.9 15 212 14.1 1 58 1.0 14.1 538 7 1
23 James Jones 22 KR/PR 16 0 41 135 0 9 3.3 8.4 2.6 5 39 7.8 0 16 0.3 2.4 174 0 5
11 Danny White 28 P/QB 16 16 27 114 1 48 4.2 7.1 1.7 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9 0.1 -0.6 105 1 8
30 Timmy Newsome 22 rb 16 1 25 79 2 23 3.2 4.9 1.6 4 43 10.8 0 16 0.3 2.7 122 2 0
80 Tony Hill 24 WR 16 13 4 27 0 15 6.8 1.7 0.3 60 1055 17.6 8 58 3.8 65.9 1082 8 0
89 Billy Joe DuPree 30 TE 16 16 4 19 0 11 4.8 1.2 0.3 29 312 10.8 7 39 1.8 19.5 331 7 1
18 Glenn Carano 25 3 0 4 6 0 5 1.5 2.0 1.3 6 0 0
26 Preston Pearson 35 11 0 3 6 0 2 2.0 0.5 0.3 20 213 10.7 2 20 1.8 19.4 219 2 0
88 Drew Pearson 29 WR 16 15 2 30 0 32 15.0 1.9 0.1 43 568 13.2 6 30 2.7 35.5 598 6 0
87 Jay Saldi 26 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 311 12.4 1 43 1.6 19.4 311 1 0
86 Butch Johnson 26 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 263 13.8 4 29 1.2 16.4 263 4 0
84 Doug Cosbie 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 11 5.5 1 6 0.1 0.7 11 1 0
Team Total 26.3 16 595 2378 26 56 4.0 148.6 37.2 265 3356 12.7 30 58 16.6 209.8 5734 56 26
Opp Total 16 469 2069 15 4.4 129.3 29.3 231 3210 13.9 21 14.4 200.6 5279 36 33

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
23 James Jones 22 KR/PR 16 0 54 548 0 52 10.1 32 720 0 41 22.5 1442
30 Timmy Newsome 22 rb 16 1 12 293 0 36 24.4 415
45 Steve Wilson 23 LCB 16 11 7 139 0 34 19.9 139
40 Eric Hurt 23 4 0 4 71 0 24 17.8 71
84 Doug Cosbie 24 16 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 24
87 Jay Saldi 26 te 16 3 1 23 0 23 23.0 334
46 Roland Solomon 24 10 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
41 Charlie Waters 32 SS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 55 556 0 52 10.1 58 1259 0 41 21.7 7549
Opp Total 16 32 215 0 6.7 73 1568 0 21.5

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
1 Rafael Septien 27 K 16 0 1 1 4 3 6 6 3 3 1 17 11 64.7% 60 59 98.3%
11 Danny White 28 P/QB 16 16 71 2903 58 0 40.9
Team Total 26.3 16 1 1 4 3 6 6 3 3 1 17 11 64.7% 60 59 98.3% 71 2903 58 0 40.9
Opp Total 16 28 15 53.6% 38 38 100.0% 76 3306 43.5

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
33 Tony Dorsett 26 RB 15 15 0 8 1 0 0
11 Danny White 28 P/QB 16 16 0 8 1 -15 0
32 Dennis Thurman 24 FS 16 16 5 114 1 78 0 0 0 2 14 0
41 Charlie Waters 32 SS 16 16 5 78 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 James Jones 22 KR/PR 16 0 0 5 0 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 23 LCB 16 11 4 82 0 35 0
53 Bob Breunig* 27 MLB 16 16 3 34 0 15 0
51 Anthony Dickerson 23 16 0 2 46 0 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 John Dutton 29 16 0 1 38 1 38 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Mike Hegman 27 LLB 16 16 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
72 Too Tall Jones 29 LDE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 35 RLB 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
34 Aaron Mitchell 24 RCB 15 15 3 56 0 56 0
44 Robert Newhouse 30 FB 16 10 0 3 0 0 0
63 Larry Cole 34 LDT 16 16 1 43 1 43 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Doug Cosbie 24 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
67 Pat Donovan* 27 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
89 Billy Joe DuPree 30 TE 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
30 Timmy Newsome 22 rb 16 1 0 0 2 0 0
1 Rafael Septien 27 K 16 0 0 0 2 18 0
31 Benny Barnes 29 lcb 11 6 1 30 0 30 0
47 Dextor Clinkscale 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Jim Cooper 25 RT 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
57 Bruce Huther 26 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Kurt Petersen 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Tom Rafferty 26 RG 16 16 0 0 1 6 0
87 Jay Saldi 26 te 16 3 0 0 1 8 0
20 Ron Springs 24 fb 15 6 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 27 523 3 78 0 0 26 31 31 1
Opp Total 16 31 33 13

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 27 K 16 0 59 11 92
33 Tony Dorsett 26 RB 15 15 11 11 66
80 Tony Hill 24 WR 16 13 8 8 48
89 Billy Joe DuPree 30 TE 16 16 7 7 42
20 Ron Springs 24 fb 15 6 6 1 7 42
44 Robert Newhouse 30 FB 16 10 6 6 36
88 Drew Pearson 29 WR 16 15 6 6 36
86 Butch Johnson 26 wr 16 1 4 4 24
30 Timmy Newsome 22 rb 16 1 2 2 12
26 Preston Pearson 35 11 0 2 2 12
63 Larry Cole 34 LDT 16 16 1 1 6
84 Doug Cosbie 24 16 0 1 1 6
78 John Dutton 29 16 0 1 1 6
58 Mike Hegman 27 LLB 16 16 1 1 6
87 Jay Saldi 26 te 16 3 1 1 6
32 Dennis Thurman 24 FS 16 16 1 1 6
11 Danny White 28 P/QB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 26 30 1 3 60 59 11 452
Opp Total 16 15 21 1 1 38 15 311