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1968 Houston Oilers

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in AFL East Division  · 1968 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.1, Offense: -1.0, Defense: 4.1, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 303 points (21.6/g), 5th of 10 in the AFL. Allowed 248 points (17.7/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 55 points (3.9/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 8.6-5.4.

Coach: Wally Lemm (7-7-0)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Schreiner Institute (Kerrville, Texas)

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
General Manager Don Klosterman
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 303 4352 905 4.8 38 13 13 240 191 414 2548 17 25 5.8 128 462 1804 16 3.9 99
Team Defense 248 3375 854 4.0 30 10 13 198 158 359 1671 13 20 4.3 96 462 1704 9 3.7 89
Lg Rank Offense 5 5 5 5 5 6 4 7 6 5 4 4 2 7
Lg Rank Defense 3 2 9 9 2 3 1 1 7 1 7 4 2 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 9 boxscore L 0-1 Kansas City Chiefs 21 26 19 440 385 55 3 17 265 61 204
1 Sat September 14 boxscore W 1-1 @ Miami Dolphins 24 10 18 396 232 164 3 12 295 165 130 4
2 Sat September 21 boxscore L 1-2 @ San Diego Chargers 14 30 19 285 161 124 3 20 347 250 97 3
4 Sun September 29 boxscore L 1-3 Oakland Raiders 15 24 18 324 173 151 4 17 305 52 253 3
5 Sun October 6 boxscore L 1-4 Miami Dolphins 7 24 10 212 126 86 7 18 257 70 187 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 2-4 @ Boston Patriots 16 0 15 280 119 161 1 12 114 54 60 5
7 Sun October 20 boxscore L 2-5 New York Jets 14 20 16 141 62 79 2 15 231 137 94
8 Sun October 27 boxscore W 3-5 @ Buffalo Bills 30 7 13 332 199 133 8 113 63 50 3
9 Sun November 3 boxscore W 4-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 27 17 21 361 202 159 21 374 195 179
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 4-6 @ New York Jets 7 26 9 166 47 119 3 16 311 176 135 1
11 Sun November 17 boxscore W 5-6 Denver Broncos 38 17 22 377 220 157 2 11 228 126 102 2
12 Thu November 28 boxscore L 5-7 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 24 12 244 151 93 2 15 321 242 79 1
13 Sat December 7 boxscore W 6-7 Buffalo Bills 35 6 23 403 215 188 4 7 89 10 79 2
14 Sun December 15 boxscore W 7-7 Boston Patriots 45 17 25 390 255 135 4 9 126 71 55 5

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
11 Pete Beathard 26 QB 9 7 3-4-0 105 223 47.1% 1559 7 3.1 16 7.2 66 7.0 4.4 14.8 173.2 51.0
10 Don Trull 27 qb 11 4 3-1-0 53 105 50.5% 864 10 9.5 3 2.9 60 8.2 8.8 16.3 78.5 98.3
12 Bob Davis 23 qb 6 3 1-2-0 33 86 38.4% 441 0 0.0 6 7.0 53 5.1 2.0 13.4 73.5 26.4
Team Total 25.5 14 7-7-0 191 414 46.1% 2864 17 4.1 25 6.0 66 6.9 5.0 15.0 204.6 57.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 158 359 44.0% 2003 13 3.6 20 5.6 5.6 3.80 12.7 143.1 50.9 33 332 4.3 2.6 8.4

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
32 Hoyle Granger* 24 FB 13 0 202 848 7 47 4.2 65.2 15.5 26 361 13.9 0 55 2.0 27.8 1209 7 3
35 Woody Campbell 24 14 0 115 436 6 37 3.8 31.1 8.2 21 234 11.1 0 39 1.5 16.7 670 6 4
42 Sid Blanks 28 HB 14 0 63 169 0 10 2.7 12.1 4.5 13 184 14.2 0 61 0.9 13.1 353 0 3
36 Roy Hopkins 23 13 0 31 104 0 18 3.4 8.0 2.4 4 40 10.0 0 26 0.3 3.1 144 0 0
11 Pete Beathard 26 QB 9 7 18 79 2 20 4.4 8.8 2.0 79 2 2
12 Bob Davis 23 qb 6 3 15 91 1 20 6.1 15.2 2.5 91 1 5
10 Don Trull 27 qb 11 4 14 47 0 15 3.4 4.3 1.3 47 0 4
86 Mac Haik 22 WR 14 0 2 7 0 5 3.5 0.5 0.1 32 584 18.3 8 59 2.3 41.7 591 8 0
81 Jim Beirne 22 WR 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 31 474 15.3 4 66 2.2 33.9 477 4 0
43 Jim Norton 30 P 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.4 0.1 20 0 0
89 Alvin Reed* 24 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 747 16.2 5 60 3.3 53.4 747 5 2
28 Charley Frazier 29 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 123 13.7 0 19 0.7 9.5 123 0 0
87 Lionel Taylor 33 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 90 15.0 0 35 0.7 10.0 90 0 0
25 Ode Burrell 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 35 17.5 0 33 2.0 35.0 35 0 0
67 John Wittenborn 32 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -8 -8.0 0 -8 0.2 -1.3 -8 0 0
Team Total 25.5 14 462 1804 16 47 3.9 128.9 33.0 191 2864 15.0 17 66 13.6 204.6 4668 33 28
Opp Total 14 462 1704 9 3.7 121.7 33.0 158 1671 10.6 13 11.3 119.4 3375 22 17

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
41 Larry Carwell 24 PR/RCB 14 0 27 227 0 32 8.4 15 335 0 38 22.3 562
22 Zeke Moore 25 KR 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 32 787 0 45 24.6 798
42 Sid Blanks 28 HB 14 0 22 179 0 39 8.1 532
25 Ode Burrell 29 1 0 2 26 0 15 13.0 2 70 0 40 35.0 131
73 Bob Robertson 22 14 0 2 9 0 9 4.5 9
36 Roy Hopkins 23 13 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 165
29 Ken Houston* 24 LS 14 9 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.5 14 52 443 0 39 8.5 53 1235 0 45 23.3 6346
Opp Total 14 40 379 1 9.5 58 1302 0 22.4

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
43 Jim Norton 30 P 14 0 73 3008 64 2 41.2
15 Wayne Walker 24 K 8 0 16 8 50.0%% 26 26 100.0%%
67 John Wittenborn 32 6 0 2 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 2 13 4 30.8%% 11 11 100.0%%
Team Total 25.5 14 2 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 2 29 12 41.4%% 37 37 100.0%% 73 3008 64 2 41.2
Opp Total 14 30 21 70.0%% 25 25 100.0%% 88 3881 44.1

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
41 Larry Carwell 24 PR/RCB 14 0 4 81 1 41 0 0 4 2 0 0
12 Bob Davis 23 qb 6 3 0 5 1 0 0
29 Ken Houston* 24 LS 14 9 5 160 2 66 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Don Trull 27 qb 11 4 0 4 2 0 0
42 Sid Blanks 28 HB 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
35 Woody Campbell 24 14 0 0 4 1 0 0
11 Pete Beathard 26 QB 9 7 0 2 2 2 0
32 Hoyle Granger* 24 FB 13 0 0 3 1 0 0
89 Alvin Reed* 24 TE 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
56 Olen Underwood 26 RLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
20 Miller Farr*+ 25 LCB 14 0 3 104 2 52 0
33 W.K. Hicks 26 RS 14 0 3 42 0 28 0
78 Glen Ray Hines* 25 RT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
79 Pat Holmes* 28 LDE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 Jim Norton 30 P 14 0 2 0 0 0 0
52 Garland Boyette* 28 MLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
80 Gary Cutsinger 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Roy Hopkins 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Bobby Maples* 26 C 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Zeke Moore 25 KR 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 George Rice 24 RDT 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
90 George Webster*+ 23 LLB 14 0 1 9 0 9 0
Team Total 25.5 14 20 396 5 66 0 0 28 25 2 0 1
Opp Total 14 29 17 7 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
15 Wayne Walker 24 K 8 0 26 8 50
86 Mac Haik 22 WR 14 0 8 8 48
32 Hoyle Granger* 24 FB 13 0 7 7 42
35 Woody Campbell 24 14 0 6 6 36
89 Alvin Reed* 24 TE 14 0 5 5 30
81 Jim Beirne 22 WR 14 0 4 4 24
67 John Wittenborn 32 6 0 11 4 23
11 Pete Beathard 26 QB 9 7 2 2 12
20 Miller Farr*+ 25 LCB 14 0 2 2 12
29 Ken Houston* 24 LS 14 9 2 2 12
41 Larry Carwell 24 PR/RCB 14 0 1 1 6
12 Bob Davis 23 qb 6 3 1 1 6
56 Olen Underwood 26 RLB 14 0 1 2
Team Total 25.5 14 16 17 5 38 37 12 1 303
Opp Total 14 9 13 1 1 2 25 21 1 248

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-09 KAN L, 21-26 1 5 rush Hoyle Granger 5 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
2 1968-09-09 KAN L, 21-26 4 5 pass Mac Haik 5 yard pass from Pete Beathard (John Wittenborn kick)
3 1968-09-09 KAN L, 21-26 4 59 pass Mac Haik 59 yard pass from Pete Beathard (John Wittenborn kick)
4 1968-09-14 @ MIA W, 24-10 2 48 pass Mac Haik 48 yard pass from Pete Beathard (John Wittenborn kick)
5 1968-09-14 @ MIA W, 24-10 2 66 interception Ken Houston 66 yard interception return (John Wittenborn kick)
6 1968-09-14 @ MIA W, 24-10 2 1 rush Woody Campbell 1 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
7 1968-09-21 @ SDG L, 14-30 2 9 rush Woody Campbell 9 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
8 1968-09-21 @ SDG L, 14-30 3 1 rush Hoyle Granger 1 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
9 1968-09-29 OAK L, 15-24 1 8 pass Mac Haik 8 yard pass from Pete Beathard (John Wittenborn kick)
10 1968-09-29 OAK L, 15-24 4 1 rush Hoyle Granger 1 yard rush (pass failed)
11 1968-10-06 MIA L, 7-24 1 4 rush Woody Campbell 4 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
12 1968-10-13 @ BOS W, 16-0 2 7 rush Bob Davis 7 yard rush (John Wittenborn kick)
13 1968-10-20 NYJ L, 14-20 4 9 pass Alvin Reed 9 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
14 1968-10-20 NYJ L, 14-20 4 19 pass Jim Beirne 19 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
15 1968-10-27 @ BUF W, 30-7 1 2 rush Woody Campbell 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
16 1968-10-27 @ BUF W, 30-7 3 23 pass Alvin Reed 23 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
17 1968-10-27 @ BUF W, 30-7 4 42 pass Alvin Reed 42 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
18 1968-11-03 @ CIN W, 27-17 1 5 pass Alvin Reed 5 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
19 1968-11-03 @ CIN W, 27-17 2 1 rush Hoyle Granger 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
20 1968-11-03 @ CIN W, 27-17 3 10 pass Mac Haik 10 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
21 1968-11-10 @ NYJ L, 7-26 1 47 rush Hoyle Granger 47 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
22 1968-11-17 DEN W, 38-17 1 10 rush Pete Beathard 10 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
23 1968-11-17 DEN W, 38-17 2 19 pass Mac Haik 19 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Walker kick)
24 1968-11-17 DEN W, 38-17 3 2 rush Pete Beathard 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
25 1968-11-17 DEN W, 38-17 4 50 pass Mac Haik 50 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Walker kick)
26 1968-11-17 DEN W, 38-17 4 40 interception Larry Carwell 40 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
27 1968-11-28 @ KAN L, 10-24 3 66 pass Jim Beirne 66 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Walker kick)
28 1968-12-07 BUF W, 35-6 2 1 rush Woody Campbell 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
29 1968-12-07 BUF W, 35-6 3 40 pass Mac Haik 40 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
30 1968-12-07 BUF W, 35-6 4 52 interception Miller Farr 52 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
31 1968-12-07 BUF W, 35-6 4 29 pass Alvin Reed 29 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
32 1968-12-07 BUF W, 35-6 4 40 interception Miller Farr 40 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
33 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 1 9 pass Jim Beirne 9 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
34 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 2 1 rush Hoyle Granger 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
35 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 2 6 pass Jim Beirne 6 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
36 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 3 12 rush Hoyle Granger 12 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
37 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 4 1 rush Woody Campbell 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
38 1968-12-15 BOS W, 45-17 4 22 interception Ken Houston 22 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-09 KAN W, 26-21 2 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1968-09-09 KAN W, 26-21 2 6 rush Otis Taylor 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1968-09-14 @ MIA L, 10-24 4 2 pass Karl Noonan 2 yard pass from Bob Griese (Jimmy Keyes kick)
4 1968-09-21 @ SDG W, 30-14 4 3 rush Brad Hubbert 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
5 1968-09-21 @ SDG W, 30-14 4 80 pass Lance Alworth 80 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
6 1968-09-21 @ SDG W, 30-14 4 24 interception Joe Beauchamp 24 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
7 1968-09-29 OAK W, 24-15 2 25 interception Dave Grayson 25 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
8 1968-09-29 OAK W, 24-15 3 9 pass Warren Wells 9 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
9 1968-09-29 OAK W, 24-15 4 9 pass Billy Cannon 9 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
10 1968-10-06 MIA W, 24-7 1 20 fumble Willie West 20 yard fumble return (Jimmy Keyes kick)
11 1968-10-06 MIA W, 24-7 2 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Jimmy Keyes kick)
12 1968-10-06 MIA W, 24-7 3 50 pass Karl Noonan 50 yard pass from Bob Griese (Jimmy Keyes kick)
13 1968-10-20 NYJ W, 20-14 2 1 rush Joe Namath 1 yard rush (two point pass successful)
14 1968-10-20 NYJ W, 20-14 4 2 rush Matt Snell 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1968-10-27 @ BUF L, 7-30 2 36 pass Monte Ledbetter 36 yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Bruce Alford kick)
16 1968-11-03 @ CIN L, 17-27 3 4 rush Paul Robinson 4 yard rush (Dale Livingston kick)
17 1968-11-03 @ CIN L, 17-27 4 68 pass Paul Robinson 68 yard pass from Sam Wyche (Dale Livingston kick)
18 1968-11-10 @ NYJ W, 26-7 1 2 rush Bill Mathis 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
19 1968-11-10 @ NYJ W, 26-7 3 1 rush Bill Mathis 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1968-11-17 DEN L, 17-38 3 67 punt Floyd Little 67 yard punt return (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1968-11-17 DEN L, 17-38 4 17 pass Al Denson 17 yard pass from Marlin Briscoe (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1968-11-28 @ KAN W, 24-10 2 37 pass Mike Garrett 37 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1968-11-28 @ KAN W, 24-10 3 33 pass Frank Pitts 33 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1968-11-28 @ KAN W, 24-10 4 43 pass Frank Pitts 43 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
25 1968-12-15 BOS L, 17-45 2 14 pass Aaron Marsh 14 yard pass from Tom Sherman (Gino Cappelletti kick)
26 1968-12-15 BOS L, 17-45 3 27 pass Jim Whalen 27 yard pass from Tom Sherman (Gino Cappelletti kick)