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1968 Pittsburgh Steelers

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in NFL Century Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.0, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -6.9, SoS: 0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 244 points (17.4/g), 13th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 397 points (28.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -153 points (-10.9/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 3.4-10.6.

Coach: Bill Austin (2-11-1)

Stadium: Pitt Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty
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 4200 891 4.7 40 14 17 245 211 451 2479 22 26 5.0 137 399 1721 7 4.3 91
Team Defense 397 4785 882 5.4 26 9 21 244 220 413 3161 29 17 7.2 131 441 1624 14 3.7 92
Lg Rank Offense 13 6 14 7 6 1 6 6 14 13 13 11 12 4
Lg Rank Defense 16 15 14 14 10 12 16 15 10 14 10 5 11 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-1 New York Giants 20 34 20 324 194 130 4 21 331 166 165 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 45 16 258 202 56 3 20 378 291 87
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-3 Baltimore Colts 7 41 11 213 164 49 4 18 276 153 123 1
4 Sat October 5 boxscore L 0-4 @ Cleveland Browns 24 31 19 272 156 116 2 24 374 190 184 3
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 0-5 @ Washington Redskins 13 16 17 287 104 183 3 19 294 178 116 2
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 0-6 New Orleans Saints 12 16 16 301 91 210 2 16 273 170 103 1
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 1-6 Philadelphia Eagles 6 3 13 249 126 123 1 15 287 171 116 2
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 2-6 @ Atlanta Falcons 41 21 25 402 288 114 1 16 343 257 86 5
9 Sun November 10 boxscore T 2-6-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 28 28 17 363 280 83 17 425 337 88 2
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 2-7-1 Cleveland Browns 24 45 21 353 188 165 7 18 399 352 47 3
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 2-8-1 San Francisco 49ers 28 45 22 351 280 71 5 18 399 269 130 1
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 2-9-1 St. Louis Cardinals 10 20 13 167 90 77 3 18 322 137 185 2
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 2-10-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 28 19 313 120 193 1 11 341 232 109 2
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 2-11-1 @ New Orleans Saints 14 24 16 350 199 151 4 13 343 258 85

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
17 Dick Shiner 26 QB 13 11 2-8-1 148 304 48.7% 1856 18 5.9 17 5.6 61 6.1 4.8 12.5 142.8 64.5
10 Kent Nix 24 qb 8 3 0-3-0 56 130 43.1% 720 4 3.1 8 6.2 61 5.5 3.4 12.9 90.0 45.7 1 1
42 Dick Hoak 29 HB 14 13 7 16 43.8% 188 0 0.0 1 6.3 62 11.8 8.9 26.9 13.4 61.5
39 Bobby Walden 30 P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.4 14 2-11-1 211 451 46.8% 2764 22 4.9 26 5.8 62 6.1 4.5 13.1 197.4 58.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 220 413 53.3% 3360 29 7.0 17 4.1 8.1 7.69 15.3 240.0 86.6 28 199 7.2 6.7 6.3

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
42 Dick Hoak 29 HB 14 13 175 858 3 77 4.9 61.3 12.5 28 253 9.0 1 30 2.0 18.1 1111 4 5
38 Earl Gros 28 FB 13 13 151 579 3 44 3.8 44.5 11.6 27 211 7.8 3 21 2.1 16.2 790 6 3
25 Don Shy 23 13 2 35 106 1 39 3.0 8.2 2.7 13 106 8.2 0 21 1.0 8.2 212 1 1
17 Dick Shiner 26 QB 13 11 14 53 0 12 3.8 4.1 1.1 53 0 7
87 Roy Jefferson* 25 PR/SE 14 13 6 57 0 22 9.5 4.1 0.4 58 1074 18.5 11 62 4.1 76.7 1131 11 3
26 Rocky Bleier 22 10 0 6 39 0 21 6.5 3.9 0.6 3 68 22.7 0 54 0.3 6.8 107 0 0
10 Kent Nix 24 qb 8 3 6 15 0 12 2.5 1.9 0.8 15 0 4
30 Willie Asbury 25 7 0 4 9 0 4 2.3 1.3 0.6 3 27 9.0 0 16 0.4 3.9 36 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 30 P 14 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 0.4 0.1 5 0 1
86 J.R. Wilburn 25 FL 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 514 13.2 3 41 2.8 36.7 514 3 0
82 John Hilton 26 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 285 14.3 1 37 1.4 20.4 285 1 0
88 Rich Kotite 26 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 65 10.8 2 20 0.5 5.4 65 2 0
45 Dick Compton 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 45 9.0 1 14 0.7 6.4 45 1 0
89 Marshall Cropper 24 5 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 54 13.5 0 17 0.8 10.8 54 0 0
24 Jon Henderson 24 KR 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 26 8.7 0 13 0.2 1.9 26 0 2
69 Jerry Hillebrand 28 LLB 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.1 1.9 27 0 0
84 Tony Jeter 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.5 4.5 9 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 399 1721 7 77 4.3 122.9 28.5 211 2764 13.1 22 62 15.1 197.4 4485 29 26
Opp Total 14 441 1624 14 3.7 116.0 31.5 220 3161 14.4 29 15.7 225.8 4785 43 16

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
24 Jon Henderson 24 KR 14 1 29 589 0 44 20.3 615
87 Roy Jefferson* 25 PR/SE 14 13 28 274 1 80 9.8 1405
25 Don Shy 23 13 2 28 682 0 90 24.4 894
26 Rocky Bleier 22 10 0 2 13 0 14 6.5 6 119 0 27 19.8 239
49 Lou Harris 22 14 4 6 21 0 10 3.5 1 19 0 19 19.0 40
89 Marshall Cropper 24 5 4 3 53 0 23 17.7 107
23 Tom Watkins 31 1 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
82 John Hilton 26 TE 14 13 1 9 0 9 9.0 294
77 Mike Taylor 23 14 3 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
Team Total 26.4 14 38 308 1 80 8.1 70 1502 0 90 21.5 6295
Opp Total 14 32 297 2 9.3 49 1154 0 23.6

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
39 Bobby Walden 30 P 14 0 68 2745 57 0 40.4
35 Booth Lusteg 29 K 13 0 2 2 5 4 7 2 6 20 8 40.0%% 29 26 89.7%%
14 Bill Shockley 31 1 0 1 1 0.0%% 3 2 66.7%%
Team Total 26.4 14 2 2 5 4 7 2 7 21 8 38.1%% 32 28 87.5%% 68 2745 57 0 40.4
Opp Total 14 26 16 61.5%% 50 49 98.0%% 66 2640 40.0

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
17 Dick Shiner 26 QB 13 11 0 7 2 0 0
42 Dick Hoak 29 HB 14 13 0 5 0 0 0
10 Kent Nix 24 qb 8 3 0 4 1 0 0
38 Earl Gros 28 FB 13 13 0 3 1 0 0
24 Jon Henderson 24 KR 14 1 0 2 2 0 0
87 Roy Jefferson* 25 PR/SE 14 13 0 3 1 0 0
20 Paul Martha 26 RS 9 9 3 43 0 23 0 0 0 1 60 1
28 Clendon Thomas 33 LS 14 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
47 Marv Woodson 27 LCB 14 14 3 23 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Ray May 23 MLB 12 12 3 31 1 25 0
34 Andy Russell* 27 RLB 14 14 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 Jerry Hillebrand 28 LLB 14 6 2 32 0 32 0
25 Don Shy 23 13 2 0 1 1 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 30 P 14 0 0 1 1 -8 0
26 Rocky Bleier 22 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 John Campbell 30 8 8 1 20 0 20 0
57 Sam Davis 24 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
64 Chuck Hinton 29 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
60 Ben McGee* 29 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
78 Frank Parker 29 10 4 0 0 1 0 0
77 Mike Taylor 23 14 3 0 0 1 9 0
44 Bob Wade 24 RCB 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
86 J.R. Wilburn 25 FL 14 14 0 0 1 15 0
Team Total 26.4 14 17 151 1 32 0 0 26 21 78 1
Opp Total 14 41 16 7

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
87 Roy Jefferson* 25 PR/SE 14 13 11 1 12 72
35 Booth Lusteg 29 K 13 0 26 8 50
38 Earl Gros 28 FB 13 13 3 3 6 36
42 Dick Hoak 29 HB 14 13 3 1 4 24
86 J.R. Wilburn 25 FL 14 14 3 3 18
88 Rich Kotite 26 12 1 2 2 12
45 Dick Compton 28 7 0 1 1 6
82 John Hilton 26 TE 14 13 1 1 6
20 Paul Martha 26 RS 9 9 1 1 6
59 Ray May 23 MLB 12 12 1 1 6
25 Don Shy 23 13 2 1 1 6
14 Bill Shockley 31 1 0 2 2
Team Total 26.4 14 7 22 1 1 1 32 28 8 244
Opp Total 14 14 29 2 5 49 16 397

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-15 NYG L, 20-34 1 6 rush Dick Hoak 6 yard rush
2 1968-09-15 NYG L, 20-34 1 5 pass Earl Gros 5 yard pass from Kent Nix (Bill Shockley kick)
3 1968-09-15 NYG L, 20-34 2 9 pass Dick Compton 9 yard pass from Kent Nix (Bill Shockley kick)
4 1968-09-22 @ RAM L, 10-45 2 1 rush Earl Gros 1 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
5 1968-09-29 BAL L, 7-41 4 7 pass Earl Gros 7 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
6 1968-10-05 @ CLE L, 24-31 2 13 pass Roy Jefferson 13 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
7 1968-10-05 @ CLE L, 24-31 3 23 pass Roy Jefferson 23 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
8 1968-10-05 @ CLE L, 24-31 4 60 fumble Paul Martha 60 yard fumble return (Booth Lusteg kick)
9 1968-10-13 @ WAS L, 13-16 2 33 pass Roy Jefferson 33 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
10 1968-10-20 NOR L, 12-16 2 2 rush Earl Gros 2 yard rush
11 1968-10-20 NOR L, 12-16 3 71 rush Dick Hoak 71 yard rush
12 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 1 27 pass Roy Jefferson 27 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
13 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 1 61 pass Roy Jefferson 61 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
14 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 2 3 rush Don Shy 3 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
15 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 3 9 pass Roy Jefferson 9 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
16 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 3 1 rush Earl Gros 1 yard rush
17 1968-11-03 @ ATL W, 41-21 4 38 pass Roy Jefferson 38 yard pass from Kent Nix (Booth Lusteg kick)
18 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 1 30 pass Dick Hoak 30 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
19 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 1 80 punt Roy Jefferson 80 yard punt return (Booth Lusteg kick)
20 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 2 21 pass Earl Gros 21 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
21 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 3 52 pass Roy Jefferson 52 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
22 1968-11-17 CLE L, 24-45 1 10 pass J.R. Wilburn 10 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
23 1968-11-17 CLE L, 24-45 4 27 interception Ray May 27 yard interception return (Booth Lusteg kick)
24 1968-11-17 CLE L, 24-45 4 19 pass J.R. Wilburn 19 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
25 1968-11-24 SFO L, 28-45 1 10 pass Roy Jefferson 10 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
26 1968-11-24 SFO L, 28-45 2 20 pass Rich Kotite 20 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
27 1968-11-24 SFO L, 28-45 4 4 pass Rich Kotite 4 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
28 1968-11-24 SFO L, 28-45 4 5 pass Roy Jefferson 5 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
29 1968-12-01 STL L, 10-20 1 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
30 1968-12-08 @ DAL L, 7-28 2 37 pass John Hilton 37 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
31 1968-12-15 @ NOR L, 14-24 1 55 pass Roy Jefferson 55 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
32 1968-12-15 @ NOR L, 14-24 4 17 pass J.R. Wilburn 17 yard pass from Kent Nix (Booth Lusteg kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-15 NYG W, 34-20 1 10 pass Joe Morrison 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
2 1968-09-15 NYG W, 34-20 2 13 pass Joe Morrison 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
3 1968-09-15 NYG W, 34-20 2 1 rush Randy Minniear 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
4 1968-09-15 NYG W, 34-20 2 4 rush Fran Tarkenton 4 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
5 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 1 5 pass Bernie Casey 5 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
6 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 2 55 pass Bernie Casey 55 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 2 28 pass Dick Bass 28 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 2 10 rush Dick Bass 10 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
9 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 3 1 pass Dick Bass 1 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
10 1968-09-22 @ RAM W, 45-10 4 4 pass Willie Ellison 4 yard pass from Milt Plum (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1968-09-29 BAL W, 41-7 2 4 pass Tom Mitchell 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
12 1968-09-29 BAL W, 41-7 2 2 rush Timmy Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
13 1968-09-29 BAL W, 41-7 2 25 interception Bobby Boyd 25 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
14 1968-09-29 BAL W, 41-7 4 60 interception Charlie Stukes 60 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
15 1968-09-29 BAL W, 41-7 4 13 interception Roy Hilton 13 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
16 1968-10-05 @ CLE W, 31-24 1 20 rush Charlie Leigh 20 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1968-10-05 @ CLE W, 31-24 2 28 pass Paul Warfield 28 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1968-10-05 @ CLE W, 31-24 3 2 rush Leroy Kelly 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1968-10-05 @ CLE W, 31-24 4 8 rush Eppie Barney 8 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1968-10-13 @ WAS W, 16-13 1 17 pass Jerry Smith 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen
21 1968-10-13 @ WAS W, 16-13 3 49 pass Jerry Smith 49 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
22 1968-10-20 NOR W, 16-12 2 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
23 1968-11-03 @ ATL L, 21-41 3 29 pass Ray Ogden 29 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
24 1968-11-03 @ ATL L, 21-41 4 55 pass Billy Harris 55 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
25 1968-11-03 @ ATL L, 21-41 4 24 pass Bob Long 24 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
26 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 3 71 pass Dave Williams 71 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 3 11 pass Dave Williams 11 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 3 80 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 80 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1968-11-10 @ STL T, 28-28 4 1 rush Johnny Roland 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 1 7 rush Leroy Kelly 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
31 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 1 62 pass Ernie Green 62 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 2 11 pass Ernie Green 11 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
33 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 4 2 pass Milt Morin 2 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
34 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 4 36 pass Paul Warfield 36 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Don Cockroft kick)
35 1968-11-17 CLE W, 45-24 4 33 pass Charlie Harraway 33 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Don Cockroft kick)
36 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 1 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
37 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 1 3 rush Ken Willard 3 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
38 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 2 54 pass John David Crow 54 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
39 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 2 16 pass Gary Lewis 16 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
40 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 2 66 interception Kermit Alexander 66 yard interception return (Tommy Davis kick)
41 1968-11-24 SFO W, 45-28 4 6 interception Bill Belk 6 yard interception return (Tommy Davis kick)
42 1968-12-01 STL W, 20-10 4 34 rush Jackie Smith 34 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
43 1968-12-01 STL W, 20-10 4 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
44 1968-12-08 @ DAL W, 28-7 1 5 pass Craig Baynham 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
45 1968-12-08 @ DAL W, 28-7 2 90 punt Bob Hayes 90 yard punt return (Mike Clark kick)
46 1968-12-08 @ DAL W, 28-7 2 53 pass Bob Hayes 53 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
47 1968-12-08 @ DAL W, 28-7 4 65 pass Lance Rentzel 65 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
48 1968-12-15 @ NOR W, 24-14 1 22 pass Tony Lorick 22 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
49 1968-12-15 @ NOR W, 24-14 2 25 pass Don McCall 25 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
50 1968-12-15 @ NOR W, 24-14 2 53 punt Charlie Brown 53 yard punt return (Charlie Durkee kick)