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1988 Dallas Cowboys

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3-13-0, Finished 5th in NFC East Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.1, Offense: -3.8, Defense: -2.3, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 265 points (16.6/g), 21st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 381 points (23.8/g), 25th.
 Differential of -116 points (-7.2/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-11.2.

Coach: Tom Landry (3-13-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Harvey Bright
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 265 5483 1059 5.2 40 13 24 311 307 555 3488 21 27 5.9 175 469 1995 10 4.3 112
Team Defense 381 5414 1023 5.3 19 9 24 297 264 523 3556 30 10 6.2 180 454 1858 13 4.1 93
Lg Rank Offense 21 9 25 10 12 7 7 10 26 16 18 16 23 5
Lg Rank Defense 25 20 28 26 11 19 24 27 28 19 9 13 8 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21 24 25 414 280 134 3 17 356 214 142
2 Mon September 12 boxscore W 1-1 @ Phoenix Cardinals 17 14 18 352 162 190 1 22 367 237 130 1
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L 1-2 New York Giants 10 12 22 366 275 91 2 21 278 150 128 2
4 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-2 Atlanta Falcons 26 20 17 323 210 113 1 15 314 207 107 2
5 Mon October 3 boxscore L 2-3 @ New Orleans Saints 17 20 28 457 271 186 3 17 333 268 65 1
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L 2-4 Washington Redskins 17 35 18 361 301 60 5 19 350 170 180 1
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 2-5 @ Chicago Bears 7 17 18 291 195 96 2 24 385 261 124 1
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 2-6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 23 24 25 437 332 105 1 23 339 274 65 2
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L 2-7 Phoenix Cardinals 10 16 11 228 103 125 2 15 295 135 160
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 2-8 @ New York Giants 21 29 21 365 262 103 3 15 262 151 111 1
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 2-9 Minnesota Vikings 3 43 12 159 49 110 7 18 325 222 103 1
12 Sun November 20 boxscore L 2-10 Cincinnati Bengals 24 38 23 355 176 179 2 23 410 196 214 1
13 Thu November 24 boxscore L 2-11 Houston Oilers 17 25 17 282 203 79 2 19 355 210 145
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 2-12 @ Cleveland Browns 21 24 22 410 247 163 1 16 302 275 27 1
15 Sun December 11 boxscore W 3-12 @ Washington Redskins 24 17 21 444 320 124 2 15 372 348 24 5
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 3-13 Philadelphia Eagles 7 23 13 239 102 137 3 18 371 238 133

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
16 Steve Pelluer 26 QB 16 14 3-11-0 245 435 56.3% 3139 17 3.9 19 4.4 61 7.2 6.0 12.8 196.2 73.9 21 112 6.64 5.51 4.6 1 2
19 Kevin Sweeney 25 qb 3 2 0-2-0 33 78 42.3% 314 3 3.8 5 6.4 28 4.0 1.9 9.5 104.7 40.2 9 80 2.69 0.79 10.3
11 Danny White 36 3 0 29 42 69.0% 274 1 2.4 3 7.1 24 6.5 3.8 9.4 91.3 65.0 5 47 4.83 2.38 10.6
Team Total 26.3 16 3-13-0 307 555 55.3% 3727 21 3.8 27 4.9 61 6.7 5.3 12.1 232.9 68.5 35 239 5.91 4.56 5.9 1 2
Opp Total 16 264 523 50.5% 3883 30 5.7 10 1.9 7.4 7.71 14.7 242.7 86.2 46 327 6.2 6.5 8.1

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
34 Herschel Walker* 26 RB 16 16 361 1514 5 38 4.2 94.6 22.6 53 505 9.5 2 50 3.3 31.6 2019 7 6
16 Steve Pelluer 26 QB 16 14 51 314 2 27 6.2 19.6 3.2 314 2 6
30 Timmy Newsome 30 FB 9 8 32 75 3 8 2.3 8.3 3.6 30 236 7.9 0 32 3.3 26.2 311 3 1
42 Darryl Clack 25 KR 15 0 11 54 0 17 4.9 3.6 0.7 17 126 7.4 1 18 1.1 8.4 180 1 0
19 Kevin Sweeney 25 qb 3 2 6 34 0 10 5.7 11.3 2.0 34 0 3
83 Kelvin Martin 23 PR/wr 16 7 4 -4 0 11 -1.0 -0.3 0.3 49 622 12.7 3 35 3.1 38.9 618 3 2
46 Todd Fowler 26 te 16 6 3 6 0 4 2.0 0.4 0.2 10 64 6.4 0 13 0.6 4.0 70 0 0
88 Michael Irvin 22 WR 14 10 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 32 654 20.4 5 61 2.3 46.7 656 5 0
87 Ray Alexander 26 WR 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 54 788 14.6 6 50 3.4 49.3 788 6 0
89 Thornton Chandler 25 TE 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 186 10.3 1 29 1.1 11.6 186 1 0
80 Everett Gay 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 205 13.7 1 25 0.9 12.8 205 1 1
84 Doug Cosbie 32 te 11 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 112 9.3 0 21 1.1 10.2 112 0 0
85 Steve Folsom 30 te 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 84 9.3 2 20 0.6 5.3 84 2 0
81 Kelvin Edwards 24 wr 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 93 18.6 0 27 0.6 11.6 93 0 1
82 Cornell Burbage 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 50 25.0 0 41 0.2 5.0 50 0 1
61 Nate Newton 27 LG 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 469 1995 10 38 4.3 124.7 29.3 307 3727 12.1 21 61 19.2 232.9 5722 31 22
Opp Total 16 454 1858 13 4.1 116.1 28.4 264 3556 13.5 30 16.5 222.3 5414 43 24

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
83 Kelvin Martin 23 PR/wr 16 7 44 360 0 21 8.2 12 210 0 31 17.5 1188
42 Darryl Clack 25 KR 15 0 32 690 0 40 21.6 870
82 Cornell Burbage 23 10 0 20 448 0 53 22.4 498
21 Mark Higgs 22 5 0 2 31 0 17 15.5 31
79 Daryle Smith 24 t 14 4 2 24 0 13 12.0 24
24 Everson Walls 29 LCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
65 Bob White 25 c 12 3 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
Team Total 26.3 16 45 360 0 21 8.0 69 1410 0 53 20.4 7492
Opp Total 16 37 239 0 6.5 56 1060 0 18.9

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
4 Mike Saxon 26 P 16 0 80 3271 55 0 40.9
9 Roger Ruzek 28 K 14 0 5 4 7 4 7 3 3 1 22 12 54.5%% 27 27 100.0%%
6 Luis Zendejas 27 k 2 0 3 1 3 1 33.3%% 5 5 100.0%%
Team Total 26.3 16 5 4 7 4 10 4 3 1 25 13 52.0%% 32 32 100.0%% 80 3271 55 0 40.9
Opp Total 16 29 24 82.8%% 44 41 93.2%% 86 3578 41.6

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
40 Bill Bates 27 SS 16 16 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 124 0
77 Jim Jeffcoat 27 RDE 16 15 6.5 4 0 0 0 0 80 0
55 Steve DeOssie 26 lb 16 1 23 0
53 Garth Jax 25 lb 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 13 0
72 Too Tall Jones 37 LDE 16 16 7.0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Herschel Walker* 26 RB 16 16 0 6 3 0 0
59 Garry Cobb 31 RLB 16 14 7.5 0 0 1 0 0
73 Danny Noonan 23 RDT 16 16 7.5 1 17 1 17 0 1
16 Steve Pelluer 26 QB 16 14 0 6 2 -18 0
99 Kevin Brooks 25 LDT 15 14 5.0
24 Everson Walls 29 LCB 16 16 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
95 Mark Walen 25 dt 15 2 4.0
26 Michael Downs 29 FS 16 16 0.5 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 11 0
57 Ron Burton 24 LLB 16 15 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Kevin Sweeney 25 qb 3 2 0 3 0 0 0
23 Robert Williams 26 RCB 16 14 2 18 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Vince Albritton 26 6 0 2.0
81 Kelvin Edwards 24 wr 8 2 0 1 1 0 0
83 Kelvin Martin 23 PR/wr 16 7 0 2 0 0 0
30 Timmy Newsome 30 FB 9 8 0 1 1 0 0
54 Randy White 35 dt 16 1 1.5
82 Cornell Burbage 23 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
38 Ron Francis 24 db 13 2 1 29 0 29 0
80 Everett Gay 24 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Manny Hendrix 24 16 0 1 0 0 0 0
51 Ken Norton 22 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Billy Owens 23 16 0 1.0
78 Dave Widell 23 LT 14 9 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 46.0 10 67 1 29 0 4 22 18 -3 0 240 0 1
Opp Total 16 35 24 15 2

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
9 Roger Ruzek 28 K 14 0 27 12 63
34 Herschel Walker* 26 RB 16 16 5 2 7 42
87 Ray Alexander 26 WR 16 11 6 6 36
88 Michael Irvin 22 WR 14 10 5 5 30
83 Kelvin Martin 23 PR/wr 16 7 3 3 18
30 Timmy Newsome 30 FB 9 8 3 3 18
85 Steve Folsom 30 te 16 4 2 2 12
16 Steve Pelluer 26 QB 16 14 2 2 12
73 Danny Noonan 23 RDT 16 16 1 1 1 8
6 Luis Zendejas 27 k 2 0 5 1 8
89 Thornton Chandler 25 TE 16 12 1 1 6
42 Darryl Clack 25 KR 15 0 1 1 6
80 Everett Gay 24 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 10 21 1 32 32 13 1 265
Opp Total 16 13 30 1 41 24 2 381

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ PIT L, 21-24 1 3 rush Timmy Newsome 3 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
2 1988-09-04 @ PIT L, 21-24 3 35 pass Michael Irvin 35 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Luis Zendejas kick)
3 1988-09-04 @ PIT L, 21-24 4 8 pass Ray Alexander 8 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Luis Zendejas kick)
4 1988-09-12 @ PHO W, 17-14 2 3 rush Herschel Walker 3 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
5 1988-09-12 @ PHO W, 17-14 4 1 rush Steve Pelluer 1 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
6 1988-09-18 NYG L, 10-12 3 27 pass Herschel Walker 27 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
7 1988-09-25 ATL W, 26-20 1 17 interception Danny Noonan 17 yard interception return (Roger Ruzek kick)
8 1988-09-25 ATL W, 26-20 1 2 pass Herschel Walker 2 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
9 1988-09-25 ATL W, 26-20 4 29 pass Ray Alexander 29 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
10 1988-10-03 @ NOR L, 17-20 2 13 pass Kelvin Martin 13 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
11 1988-10-03 @ NOR L, 17-20 3 14 pass Kelvin Martin 14 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
12 1988-10-09 WAS L, 17-35 1 1 rush Timmy Newsome 1 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
13 1988-10-09 WAS L, 17-35 4 35 pass Kelvin Martin 35 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
14 1988-10-16 @ CHI L, 7-17 4 13 pass Everett Gay 13 yard pass from Danny White (Roger Ruzek kick)
15 1988-10-23 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 18 pass Ray Alexander 18 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
16 1988-10-23 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 1 rush Timmy Newsome 1 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
17 1988-10-30 PHO L, 10-16 3 50 pass Ray Alexander 50 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
18 1988-11-06 @ NYG L, 21-29 3 1 pass Steve Folsom 1 yard pass from Kevin Sweeney (Roger Ruzek kick)
19 1988-11-06 @ NYG L, 21-29 4 9 pass Michael Irvin 9 yard pass from Kevin Sweeney (Roger Ruzek kick)
20 1988-11-06 @ NYG L, 21-29 4 2 pass Ray Alexander 2 yard pass from Kevin Sweeney (Roger Ruzek kick)
21 1988-11-20 CIN L, 24-38 3 11 rush Herschel Walker 11 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
22 1988-11-20 CIN L, 24-38 4 6 pass Ray Alexander 6 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
23 1988-11-20 CIN L, 24-38 4 1 pass Thornton Chandler 1 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
24 1988-11-24 HOU L, 17-25 1 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
25 1988-11-24 HOU L, 17-25 3 3 rush Steve Pelluer 3 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
26 1988-12-04 @ CLE L, 21-24 2 7 pass Darryl Clack 7 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
27 1988-12-04 @ CLE L, 21-24 2 5 pass Steve Folsom 5 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
28 1988-12-04 @ CLE L, 21-24 4 4 rush Herschel Walker 4 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
29 1988-12-11 @ WAS W, 24-17 2 24 pass Michael Irvin 24 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
30 1988-12-11 @ WAS W, 24-17 3 61 pass Michael Irvin 61 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
31 1988-12-11 @ WAS W, 24-17 4 12 pass Michael Irvin 12 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
32 1988-12-18 PHI L, 7-23 1 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ PIT W, 24-21 1 15 rush Earnest Jackson 15 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
2 1988-09-04 @ PIT W, 24-21 3 1 rush Bubby Brister 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
3 1988-09-04 @ PIT W, 24-21 4 29 rush Earnest Jackson 29 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
4 1988-09-12 @ PHO L, 14-17 2 16 pass Earl Ferrell 16 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Al Del Greco kick)
5 1988-09-12 @ PHO L, 14-17 4 23 pass Jay Novacek 23 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Al Del Greco kick)
6 1988-09-18 NYG W, 12-10 3 9 pass Lionel Manuel 9 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
7 1988-09-25 ATL L, 20-26 1 68 pass Stacey Bailey 68 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
8 1988-09-25 ATL L, 20-26 2 12 pass Floyd Dixon 12 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
9 1988-10-03 @ NOR W, 20-17 1 7 pass Lonzell Hill 7 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
10 1988-10-03 @ NOR W, 20-17 2 17 pass Brett Perriman 17 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
11 1988-10-09 WAS W, 35-17 1 13 pass Gary Clark 13 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
12 1988-10-09 WAS W, 35-17 2 10 pass Kelvin Bryant 10 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
13 1988-10-09 WAS W, 35-17 2 9 rush Kelvin Bryant 9 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
14 1988-10-09 WAS W, 35-17 2 19 rush Mark Rypien 19 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
15 1988-10-09 WAS W, 35-17 4 24 pass Kelvin Bryant 24 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
16 1988-10-16 @ CHI W, 17-7 2 4 rush Dennis McKinnon 4 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
17 1988-10-16 @ CHI W, 17-7 2 39 pass Ron Morris 39 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)
18 1988-10-23 @ PHI W, 24-23 2 11 pass Keith Byars 11 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
19 1988-10-23 @ PHI W, 24-23 4 7 rush Anthony Toney 7 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
20 1988-10-23 @ PHI W, 24-23 4 2 pass Anthony Toney 2 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
21 1988-10-30 PHO W, 16-10 4 14 pass Earl Ferrell 14 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Al Del Greco kick)
22 1988-10-30 PHO W, 16-10 4 1 rush Earl Ferrell 1 yard rush
23 1988-11-06 @ NYG W, 29-21 1 1 rush Ottis Anderson 1 yard rush (Paul McFadden kick)
24 1988-11-06 @ NYG W, 29-21 2 22 pass Stephen Baker 22 yard pass from Phil Simms (Paul McFadden kick)
25 1988-11-06 @ NYG W, 29-21 2 6 pass Stephen Baker 6 yard pass from Phil Simms
26 1988-11-13 MIN W, 43-3 1 26 pass Hassan Jones 26 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
27 1988-11-13 MIN W, 43-3 1 2 fumble Henry Thomas 2 yard fumble return (Chuck Nelson kick)
28 1988-11-13 MIN W, 43-3 3 64 pass Hassan Jones 64 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
29 1988-11-13 MIN W, 43-3 3 3 pass Steve Jordan 3 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
30 1988-11-13 MIN W, 43-3 4 19 rush D.J. Dozier 19 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
31 1988-11-20 CIN W, 38-24 1 51 rush James Brooks 51 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
32 1988-11-20 CIN W, 38-24 2 20 pass Rodney Holman 20 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
33 1988-11-20 CIN W, 38-24 2 5 pass Rodney Holman 5 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
34 1988-11-20 CIN W, 38-24 3 13 pass James Brooks 13 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
35 1988-11-20 CIN W, 38-24 4 10 rush Ickey Woods 10 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
36 1988-11-24 HOU W, 25-17 2 12 rush Mike Rozier 12 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
37 1988-11-24 HOU W, 25-17 4 5 pass Drew Hill 5 yard pass from Warren Moon
38 1988-12-04 @ CLE W, 24-21 1 73 pass Reggie Langhorne 73 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
39 1988-12-04 @ CLE W, 24-21 4 14 pass Herman Fontenot 14 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
40 1988-12-04 @ CLE W, 24-21 4 36 pass Clarence Weathers 36 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
41 1988-12-11 @ WAS L, 17-24 3 40 pass Ricky Sanders 40 yard pass from Doug Williams (Chip Lohmiller kick)
42 1988-12-11 @ WAS L, 17-24 3 50 pass Terry Orr 50 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
43 1988-12-18 PHI W, 23-7 2 12 pass Keith Jackson 12 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
44 1988-12-18 PHI W, 23-7 3 15 pass Mike Quick 15 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)