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1961 Houston Oilers (AFL) 1st place Eastern Division 10-3-1 .769
Head Coach: Lou Rymkus (1-3-1); Wally Lemm (9-0)
Assistant CoachWally Lemm
Offensive BacksWalt Schlinkman
EndsMac Speedie
LineJoe Spencer
DefenseFred Wallner
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun8/6/1961ASan Diego Chargers14-27LSan Diego, CABalboa Stadium15000
Fri8/11/1961NOakland Raiders35-17WHonolulu, HIHonolulu Stadium12500
Fri8/18/1961NSan Diego Chargers28-46LHonolulu, HIHonolulu Stadium12826
Fri8/25/1961NNew York Titans30-20WGreenville, SCSirrine Stadium9500
Sat9/1/1961HDenver Broncos42-10WMobile, ALLadd Memorial Stadium10087
Sat9/9/1961HOakland Raiders55-0WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium16231
Sun9/24/1961ASan Diego Chargers24-34LSan Diego, CABalboa Stadium29210
Sun10/1/1961ADallas Texans21-26LDallas, TXCotton Bowl28000
Sun10/8/1961HBuffalo Bills12-22LHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium22761
Fri10/13/1961ABoston Patriots31-31TBoston, MABoston University Field15070
Sun10/22/1961HDallas Texans38-7WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium23228
Sun10/29/1961ABuffalo Bills28-16WBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium21237
Sun11/5/1961ADenver Broncos55-14WDenver, COBears Stadium11564
Sun11/12/1961HBoston Patriots27-15WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium35649
Sun11/19/1961HNew York Titans49-13WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium33428
Sun11/26/1961HDenver Broncos45-14WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium27874
Sun12/3/1961HSan Diego Chargers33-13WHouston, TXJeppesen Stadium37845
Sun12/10/1961ANew York Titans48-21WNew York, NYPolo Grounds9462
Sun12/17/1961AOakland Raiders47-16WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park4812
Sun12/24/1961ASan Diego Chargers10-3WSan Diego, CABalboa Stadium29556League Championship
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
80Dalva AllenLDE6'522426Houston14
40Tony BanfieldLCB6'118524Oklahoma State1414
78Byron BeamsRDT6'624932East Central; Notre Dame7
57George BelottiC6'425027Southern California2
16George BlandaQB-K6'121034Kentucky1412
37Ron BotchanRLB-C6'123326Occidental14
20Billy CannonHB6'121624Louisiana State14
31Doug ClineLLB6'222523Clemson14
88Willard DewveallTE6'422425Southern Methodist7
30Mike DukesRLB6'323125Clemson14
75Don FloydRDE6'424223Texas Christian14
62Dick FreyROG-DE6'223232Pasadena CC; Texas A&M7
27Freddy GlickRS6'118924Colorado State12
89Bill GromanSE6'019525Heidelberg14
60Buzz GuyOG6'324825Duke1
33John GuzikLB6'323125Pittsburgh3
21Ken HallHB6'120526Texas A&M3
87Charley HenniganFL6'018726Louisiana State; Northwestern State (Louisiana)14
82Ed HusmannRDT-LDE6'023530Nebraska14
70Al JamisonLOT6'524524Colgate14
41Mark JohnstonRCB6'020123Northwestern14
27Gene JonesDB6'020025Rice1
84Bobby KellyLDE6'326121New Mexico State14
46Claude KingHB5'1119023Houston11
34Jack LarawayRLB6'121726Purdue10
15Jacky LeeQB6'118623Cincinnati14
81Bob McLeodTE6'523123Abilene Christian14
77Rich MichaelROT6'323023Ohio State14
12Charley MilsteadS-QB6'219024Texas A&M8
50Dennit MorrisMLB6'122825Oklahoma14
43Jim NortonLS-P6'318723Idaho14
64Willis PerkinsOG6'024027Texas Southern1
66Leo ReedOG6'326021Colorado State5
52Bob SchmidtC6'424825Minnesota12
74George ShirkeyDT6'425225Stephen F. Austin State7
32Dave SmithFB6'120924Ripon14
24Julian SpenceRS5'1117032Sam Houston State10
61Bob TalaminiLOG6'124922Kentucky14
44Charlie TolarFB5'619924Northwestern State (Louisiana)14
79Orville TraskLDT6'425027Rice14
63Hogan WhartonROG6'224826Southern Methodist; Houston14
86John WhiteTE6'323026Texas Southern14
22Gary WisenerFL6'120623Baylor5
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mike Ditka18EPittsburgh
Tom Goode215CMississippi State
Walt Suggs324TMississippi State
Bobby Walden431HBGeorgia
Monte Lee540GTexas
Jake Gibbs647QBMississippi
Dick Reynolds756TNorth Carolina State
Houston Antwine863GSouthern Illinois
Ralph White972TBowling Green State
Charley Lee1079CIowa
Bob Bird1188GBowling Green State
Bob McLeod1295EAbilene Christian
Joe Hinton13104GLouisiana Tech
Jimmy King14111TClemsonFuture
Dennis Ferriter15120CMarquette
Larry Wood16127HBNorthwestern
Sam Fewell17136TSouth Carolina
Ike Grimsley18143HBMichigan State
Myron Pearson19152HBColorado State
Lewis Johnson20159HBFlorida A&M
Ron Miller21168QBWisconsinFuture
Bobby Kelly22175ENew Mexico State
Jim Anderson23184FBMississippi
Ken Gregory24191EWhittier
Jack Kreider25200HBTulsaFuture
Don Fuell26207QBSouthern MississippiFuture
Boyd King27216CRice
John Frongillo28223TBaylorFuture
Tom Lewis29230ELake ForestFrom NYT
Errol Linden29232EHouston
Jim Stroud30239TRice
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals8518092156
Opponents Totals44764874
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals293971821483889
Opponents Totals235871262257588
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTX2X2AFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
George Blanda0646598.500162955.20112
Bill Groman180000000108
Billy Cannon15000000090
Charley Hennigan12000000072
Charlie Tolar5000000030
Willard Dewveall3000000018
Claude King3000000018
Dave Smith3000000018
Doug Cline2000000114
Bob McLeod2000000012
Ken Hall100000006
Mark Johnston100000006
John White100000006
Dennit Morris000000012
Charley Milstead011100.0000001
Team Totals66656698.500162661.52513
Opponents Totals33222684.61162425.00242
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
George Blanda162955.26/6/1/1/2/
Team Totals162661.56/6/1/1/2/
Opponents Totals62425.02/1/2/1/0/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Billy Cannon2009484.761t6
Charlie Tolar1575773.7384
Dave Smith602584.3212
Claude King12504.217t2
Jacky Lee8364.590
Ken Hall7131.990
George Blanda7121.770
Bill Groman122.02t1
Team Totals45218964.261t15
Opponents Totals36516344.517
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
George Blanda36218751.715333309.217.880t369.9226.191.3
Jacky Lee1276652.05512059.518.380t129.464.796.7
Dave Smith2150.013316.533.03300.000.095.8
Bill Groman100.0100.000.000.039.6
Charlie Tolar100.0100.000.000.039.6
Billy Cannon500.0400.000.0120.00.0
Team Totals49825451.021545689.218.080t489.6295.814176439290.7
Opponents Totals49321243.024827505.613.0132.6336.741359239142.1
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Charley Hennigan82174621.380t12
Bill Groman50117523.580t17
Billy Cannon4358613.678t9
Charlie Tolar242199.1321
Bob McLeod1417212.3182
John White1323818.3491
Willard Dewveall1220016.766t3
Dave Smith1013113.1371
Claude King38327.744t1
Ken Hall12020.020t1
Julian Spence11414.0140
George Blanda1-16-16.0-160
Opponents Totals212275013.013
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Jim Norton915016.7360
Tony Banfield813617.0580
Mark Johnston45914.8270
Freddy Glick4287.0110
Charley Milstead22512.5220
Dennit Morris13131.0310
Jack Laraway13030.0300
Doug Cline12424.0240
Julian Spence12323.0230
Orville Trask11717.0170
Mike Dukes155.050
Team Totals3352816.0580
Opponents Totals2940714.02
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Jim Norton48195240.7630
Ken Hall823829.8500
Team Totals56219039.163027139.1
Opponents Totals81329440.7118
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Billy Cannon9707.8200
Claude King7324.6100
Ken Hall210.510
Dave Smith11515.0150
Team Totals191186.2200
Opponents Totals2027113.60
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Billy Cannon1843924.4470
Claude King819023.8410
Ken Hall614023.3330
Mike Dukes45714.3230
Charlie Tolar24221.0220
Doug Cline12424.0240
Jack Laraway12222.0220
Bob McLeod11313.0130
Hogan Wharton188.080
Dave Smith155.050
Team Totals4394021.9470
Opponents Totals66148122.41
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
George Blanda30
Billy Cannon50
Jacky Lee30
Dave Smith30
Charlie Tolar30
Team Totals21101115262
Opponents Totals31151610260
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