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1990 Dallas Cowboys

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1990 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -4.8, Defense: 1.1, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 244 points (15.2/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 308 points (19.2/g), 15th.
 Differential of -64 points (-4.0/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 5.8-10.2.

Coach: Jimmy Johnson (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: David Shula
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Wannstedt
 Other Notable Asst.: Dave Campo (Defensive Assistant) and Butch Davis (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Edward's University (Austin, Texas)

Team Info

Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones Owner serves as team's de facto General Manager
Head Coach/Player Personnel Jimmy Johnson
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 244 4081 911 4.5 33 9 27 250 254 475 2581 12 24 5.0 135 393 1500 13 3.8 88
Team Defense 308 4615 988 4.7 30 19 18 280 271 470 2639 12 11 5.2 153 482 1976 18 4.1 109
Lg Rank Offense 26 28 17 2 25 14 27 28 26 27 22 23 14 22
Lg Rank Defense 15 10 16 2 14 11 2 2 25 2 20 18 23 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 9 boxscore W 1-0 San Diego Chargers 17 14 14 249 161 88 1 12 212 127 85 2
2 Sun September 16 boxscore L 1-1 New York Giants 7 28 9 156 136 20 4 23 369 208 161 3
3 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-2 @ Washington Redskins 15 19 19 234 143 91 3 11 214 135 79 1
4 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-3 @ New York Giants 17 31 20 284 233 51 2 21 334 198 136
5 Sun October 7 boxscore W 2-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 10 19 304 149 155 1 12 271 164 107 1
6 Sun October 14 boxscore L 2-4 @ Phoenix Cardinals 3 20 9 100 34 66 3 23 414 191 223 2
7 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-4 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 13 14 223 145 78 1 22 331 241 90 5
8 Sun October 28 boxscore L 3-5 Philadelphia Eagles 20 21 23 345 215 130 1 23 304 160 144 1
9 Sun November 4 boxscore L 3-6 @ New York Jets 9 24 18 321 226 95 2 15 187 71 116
10 Sun November 11 boxscore L 3-7 San Francisco 49ers 6 24 9 158 80 78 2 25 388 281 107 2
11 Sun November 18 boxscore W 4-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 21 17 359 295 64 1 18 292 124 168 1
12 Thu November 22 boxscore W 5-7 Washington Redskins 27 17 18 370 208 162 2 20 297 261 36 1
13 Sun December 2 boxscore W 6-7 New Orleans Saints 17 13 17 274 161 113 1 14 283 170 113 1
14 Bye Week
15 Sun December 16 boxscore W 7-7 Phoenix Cardinals 41 10 25 354 166 188 3 9 200 151 49 4
16 Sun December 23 boxscore L 7-8 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 17 11 199 125 74 4 17 276 98 178 3
17 Sun December 30 boxscore L 7-9 @ Atlanta Falcons 7 26 8 151 104 47 2 15 243 59 184 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
8 Troy Aikman 24 QB 15 15 7-8-0 226 399 56.6% 2579 11 2.8 18 4.5 61 6.5 5.0 11.4 171.9 66.6 39 288 5.23 3.88 8.9 4 6
15 Babe Laufenberg 31 qb 4 1 0-1-0 24 67 35.8% 279 1 1.5 6 9.0 27 4.2 0.4 11.6 69.8 16.9 4 29 3.52 0.00 5.6
3 Steve Walsh 24 1 0 4 9 44.4% 40 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 4.4 4.4 10.0 40.0 57.6 0 0 4.44 4.44 0.0
Team Total 26.1 16 7-9-0 254 475 53.5% 2898 12 2.5 24 5.1 61 6.1 4.3 11.4 181.1 59.4 43 317 4.98 3.36 8.3 4 6
Opp Total 16 271 470 57.7% 2931 12 2.6 11 2.3 6.2 5.69 10.8 183.2 74.9 36 292 5.2 4.7 7.1

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
22 Emmitt Smith* 21 RB 16 15 241 937 11 48 3.9 58.6 15.1 24 228 9.5 0 57 1.5 14.3 1165 11 7
34 Tommie Agee 26 FB 16 11 53 213 0 28 4.0 13.3 3.3 30 272 9.1 1 30 1.9 17.0 485 1 0
8 Troy Aikman 24 QB 15 15 40 172 1 20 4.3 11.5 2.7 172 1 5
32 Alonzo Highsmith 25 fb 7 5 19 48 0 7 2.5 6.9 2.7 3 13 4.3 0 7 0.4 1.9 61 0 1
86 James Dixon 23 KR 15 1 11 43 0 18 3.9 2.9 0.7 2 26 13.0 0 21 0.1 1.7 69 0 2
48 Daryl Johnston 24 16 0 10 35 1 8 3.5 2.2 0.6 14 148 10.6 1 26 0.9 9.3 183 2 1
33 Timmy Smith 26 rb 1 1 6 6 0 3 1.0 6.0 6.0 6 0 0
83 Kelvin Martin 25 WR 16 16 4 -2 0 3 -0.5 -0.1 0.3 64 732 11.4 0 45 4.0 45.8 730 0 2
81 Alexander Wright 23 wr 15 1 3 26 0 14 8.7 1.7 0.2 11 104 9.5 0 20 0.7 6.9 130 0 1
15 Babe Laufenberg 31 qb 4 1 2 6 0 5 3.0 1.5 0.5 6 0 1
85 Dennis McKinnon 29 wr 9 7 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.9 0.1 14 172 12.3 1 28 1.6 19.1 164 1 1
40 Bill Bates 29 16 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 4 0 0
4 Mike Saxon 28 P 16 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.3 0.1 20 0 0
3 Steve Walsh 24 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 1
84 Jay Novacek 28 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 59 657 11.1 4 41 3.7 41.1 657 4 1
88 Michael Irvin 24 WR 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 413 20.7 5 61 1.7 34.4 413 5 0
89 Robert Awalt 26 te 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 133 10.2 0 25 1.0 10.2 133 0 1
Team Total 26.1 16 393 1500 13 48 3.8 93.8 24.6 254 2898 11.4 12 61 15.9 181.1 4398 25 27
Opp Total 16 482 1976 18 4.1 123.5 30.1 271 2639 9.7 12 16.9 164.9 4615 30 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 James Dixon 23 KR 15 1 36 736 0 47 20.4 805
87 Derrick Shepard 26 PR 8 0 20 121 0 13 6.1 4 75 0 22 18.8 196
80 Rod Harris 24 7 0 12 63 0 12 5.3 1 0 0 0 0.0 63
81 Alexander Wright 23 wr 15 1 12 276 1 90 23.0 406
83 Kelvin Martin 25 WR 16 16 5 46 0 17 9.2 776
85 Dennis McKinnon 29 wr 9 7 2 20 0 20 10.0 184
53 Mark Stepnoski 23 C 16 16 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 26.1 16 39 250 0 20 6.4 54 1102 1 90 20.4 5750
Opp Total 16 43 438 1 10.2 55 1136 1 20.7

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 28 P 16 0 79 3413 62 0 43.2
1 Ken Willis 24 K 16 0 4 4 9 7 8 7 4 25 18 72.0%% 26 26 100.0%%
Team Total 26.1 16 4 4 9 7 8 7 4 25 18 72.0%% 26 26 100.0%% 79 3413 62 0 43.2
Opp Total 16 26 18 69.2%% 36 36 100.0%% 70 2863 40.9

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
51 Ken Norton 24 RLB 15 15 2.5 3 0 2 0 0 119 0
55 Jack Del Rio 27 LLB 16 16 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 104 0
37 James Washington 25 SS 15 10 3 24 0 13 0 0 0 3 0 0 70 0
77 Jim Jeffcoat 29 RDE 16 13 3.5 1 0 1 28 0 65 0
97 Jimmie Jones 24 ldt 16 6 7.5 60 0
96 Danny Stubbs 25 LDE 16 15 7.5 2 0 2 0 0 59 0
92 Tony Tolbert 23 de 16 4 6.0 55 0
40 Bill Bates 29 16 0 1 4 0 4 0 51 0
57 Vinson Smith 25 lb 16 1 1 0 2 0 0 23 0
54 Jesse Solomon 27 9 0 1.0 13 0
29 Kenneth Gant 23 12 0 1 26 0 26 0 9 0
22 Emmitt Smith* 21 RB 16 15 0 7 0 0 0
8 Troy Aikman 24 QB 15 15 0 5 1 0 0
20 Ray Horton 30 FS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
73 Danny Noonan 25 RDT 16 15 4.5
30 Issiac Holt 28 LCB 15 15 3 72 1 64 0
83 Kelvin Martin 25 WR 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
36 Vince Albritton 28 ss 8 8 0 0 2 0 0
86 James Dixon 23 KR 15 1 0 2 0 0 0
38 Ron Francis 26 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
67 John Gesek 27 RG 15 12 0 0 2 0 0
78 Dean Hamel 29 LDT 12 11 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Rod Harris 24 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
45 Manny Hendrix 26 RCB 16 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Daryl Johnston 24 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
15 Babe Laufenberg 31 qb 4 1 0 1 1 0 0
56 Eugene Lockhart 29 MLB 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Nate Newton 29 RT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
87 Derrick Shepard 26 PR 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
81 Alexander Wright 23 wr 15 1 0 1 1 0 0
89 Robert Awalt 26 te 13 1 0 1 0 0 0
66 Kevin Gogan 26 g 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
32 Alonzo Highsmith 25 fb 7 5 0 1 0 0 0
68 Crawford Ker 28 LG 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
85 Dennis McKinnon 29 wr 9 7 0 1 0 0 0
84 Jay Novacek 28 TE 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
3 Steve Walsh 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Robert Williams 28 rcb 16 6 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 36.0 11 126 1 64 0 8 27 33 39 0 628 0
Opp Total 16 43 32 13 1

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 Ken Willis 24 K 16 0 26 18 80
22 Emmitt Smith* 21 RB 16 15 11 11 66
88 Michael Irvin 24 WR 12 7 5 5 30
84 Jay Novacek 28 TE 16 15 4 4 24
48 Daryl Johnston 24 16 0 1 1 2 12
34 Tommie Agee 26 FB 16 11 1 1 6
8 Troy Aikman 24 QB 15 15 1 1 6
30 Issiac Holt 28 LCB 15 15 1 1 6
85 Dennis McKinnon 29 wr 9 7 1 1 6
81 Alexander Wright 23 wr 15 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 16 13 12 1 1 27 26 18 1 242
Opp Total 16 18 12 1 1 4 36 18 1 308

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1990-09-09 SDG W, 17-14 1 28 pass Dennis McKinnon 28 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
2 1990-09-09 SDG W, 17-14 4 1 rush Troy Aikman 1 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
3 1990-09-16 NYG L, 7-28 2 90 kickoff Alexander Wright 90 yard kickoff return (Ken Willis kick)
4 1990-09-23 @ WAS L, 15-19 4 2 rush Emmitt Smith 2 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
5 1990-09-30 @ NYG L, 17-31 3 4 rush Emmitt Smith 4 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
6 1990-09-30 @ NYG L, 17-31 4 7 pass Jay Novacek 7 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
7 1990-10-07 TAM W, 14-10 1 12 pass Jay Novacek 12 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
8 1990-10-07 TAM W, 14-10 4 14 rush Emmitt Smith 14 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
9 1990-10-21 @ TAM W, 17-13 4 64 interception Issiac Holt 64 yard interception return (Ken Willis kick)
10 1990-10-21 @ TAM W, 17-13 4 28 pass Michael Irvin 28 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
11 1990-10-28 PHI L, 20-21 4 29 pass Jay Novacek 29 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
12 1990-10-28 PHI L, 20-21 4 3 rush Emmitt Smith 3 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
13 1990-11-18 @ RAM W, 24-21 1 10 pass Michael Irvin 10 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
14 1990-11-18 @ RAM W, 24-21 2 6 pass Tommie Agee 6 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
15 1990-11-18 @ RAM W, 24-21 2 61 pass Michael Irvin 61 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
16 1990-11-22 WAS W, 27-17 1 12 pass Michael Irvin 12 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
17 1990-11-22 WAS W, 27-17 3 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
18 1990-11-22 WAS W, 27-17 4 48 rush Emmitt Smith 48 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
19 1990-12-02 NOR W, 17-13 3 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
20 1990-12-02 NOR W, 17-13 4 5 pass Daryl Johnston 5 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
21 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 1 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush
22 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 1 11 rush Emmitt Smith 11 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
23 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 2 8 pass Michael Irvin 8 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
24 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 3 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
25 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 4 6 rush Emmitt Smith 6 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
26 1990-12-16 PHO W, 41-10 4 6 rush Daryl Johnston 6 yard rush (Ken Willis kick)
27 1990-12-30 @ ATL L, 7-26 4 27 pass Jay Novacek 27 yard pass from Babe Laufenberg (Ken Willis kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1990-09-09 SDG L, 14-17 1 14 pass Craig McEwen 14 yard pass from Mark Vlasic (Fuad Reveiz kick)
2 1990-09-09 SDG L, 14-17 2 1 rush Marion Butts 1 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
3 1990-09-16 NYG W, 28-7 2 4 rush Phil Simms 4 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
4 1990-09-16 NYG W, 28-7 2 1 rush Ottis Anderson 1 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
5 1990-09-16 NYG W, 28-7 3 4 pass Mark Bavaro 4 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
6 1990-09-16 NYG W, 28-7 4 11 interception Lawrence Taylor 11 yard interception return (Raul Allegre kick)
7 1990-09-23 @ WAS W, 19-15 4 18 interception Darrell Green 18 yard interception return (Chip Lohmiller kick)
8 1990-09-30 @ NYG W, 31-17 1 12 pass Mark Ingram 12 yard pass from Phil Simms (Matt Bahr kick)
9 1990-09-30 @ NYG W, 31-17 2 7 pass Bob Mrosko 7 yard pass from Phil Simms (Matt Bahr kick)
10 1990-09-30 @ NYG W, 31-17 4 27 pass Rodney Hampton 27 yard pass from Phil Simms (Matt Bahr kick)
11 1990-09-30 @ NYG W, 31-17 4 12 rush Jeff Hostetler 12 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
12 1990-10-07 TAM L, 10-14 3 58 pass Gary Anderson 58 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Steve Christie kick)
13 1990-10-14 @ PHO W, 20-3 1 1 rush Anthony Thompson 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
14 1990-10-14 @ PHO W, 20-3 4 9 rush Johnny Johnson 9 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
15 1990-10-21 @ TAM L, 13-17 2 3 pass Danny Peebles 3 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Steve Christie kick)
16 1990-10-28 PHI W, 21-20 1 10 pass Anthony Toney 10 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Roger Ruzek kick)
17 1990-10-28 PHI W, 21-20 4 19 rush Heath Sherman 19 yard rush (Roger Ruzek kick)
18 1990-10-28 PHI W, 21-20 4 10 pass Calvin Williams 10 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Roger Ruzek kick)
19 1990-11-04 @ NYJ W, 24-9 2 98 punt Terance Mathis 98 yard punt return (Pat Leahy kick)
20 1990-11-04 @ NYJ W, 24-9 4 2 rush Brad Baxter 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
21 1990-11-04 @ NYJ W, 24-9 4 1 rush Freeman McNeil 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1990-11-11 SFO W, 24-6 2 1 rush Tom Rathman 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
23 1990-11-11 SFO W, 24-6 2 7 pass Jerry Rice 7 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)
24 1990-11-11 SFO W, 24-6 4 4 rush Joe Montana 4 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
25 1990-11-18 @ RAM L, 21-24 1 16 rush Cleveland Gary 16 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
26 1990-11-18 @ RAM L, 21-24 2 4 rush Cleveland Gary 4 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
27 1990-11-18 @ RAM L, 21-24 3 1 rush Cleveland Gary 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
28 1990-11-22 WAS L, 17-27 2 5 rush Earnest Byner 5 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
29 1990-11-22 WAS L, 17-27 3 6 pass Ricky Sanders 6 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
30 1990-12-02 NOR L, 13-17 2 15 rush Rueben Mayes 15 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
31 1990-12-16 PHO L, 10-41 4 1 rush Johnny Johnson 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
32 1990-12-23 @ PHI W, 17-3 1 18 pass Calvin Williams 18 yard pass from Keith Byars (Roger Ruzek kick)
33 1990-12-23 @ PHI W, 17-3 4 35 interception Eric Allen 35 yard interception return (Roger Ruzek kick)
34 1990-12-30 @ ATL W, 26-7 2 1 rush Tracy Johnson 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
35 1990-12-30 @ ATL W, 26-7 3 76 kickoff Keith Jones 76 yard kickoff return (Greg Davis kick)
36 1990-12-30 @ ATL W, 26-7 4 61 interception Deion Sanders 61 yard interception return (Greg Davis kick)