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1978 Dallas Cowboys (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Eastern Division 12-4-0 .750
Head Coach: Tom Landry
Special Assistant-Research and DevelopmentErmal Allen
Special Teams/ReceiversMike Ditka
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive LineJim Myers
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive BackfieldDan Reeves
Defensive BacksGene Stallings
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive LineErnie Stautner
LinebackersJerry Tubbs
ConditioningBob Ward
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978HSan Francisco 49ers41-24WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63736
Sat8/12/1978ADenver Broncos21-14WDenver, COMile High Stadium74619
Sat8/19/1978HHouston Oilers13-27LIrving, TXTexas Stadium62242
Sat8/26/1978HPittsburgh Steelers16-13WIrving, TXTexas Stadium59747
Mon9/4/1978HBaltimore Colts38-0WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64224
Sun9/10/1978ANew York Giants34-24WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium73265
Sun9/17/1978ALos Angeles Rams14-27LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum65749
Sun9/24/1978HSt. Louis Cardinals21-12WIrving, TXTexas Stadium62760
Mon10/2/1978AWashington Redskins5-9LWashington, DCRFK Stadium55031
Sun10/8/1978HNew York Giants24-3WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63420
Sun10/15/1978ASt. Louis Cardinals24-21WOTSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium48991
Sun10/22/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles14-7WIrving, TXTexas Stadium60525
Thu10/26/1978HMinnesota Vikings10-21LIrving, TXTexas Stadium61848
Sun11/5/1978AMiami Dolphins16-23LMiami, FLOrange Bowl69414
Sun11/12/1978AGreen Bay Packers42-14WMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium55256
Sun11/19/1978HNew Orleans Saints27-7WIrving, TXTexas Stadium57920
Thu11/23/1978HWashington Redskins37-10WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64905
Sun12/3/1978HNew England Patriots17-10WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63263
Sun12/10/1978APhiladelphia Eagles31-13WPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium64667
Sun12/17/1978ANew York Jets30-7WNew York, NYShea Stadium52532
Sat12/30/1978HAtlanta Falcons27-20WIrving, TXTexas Stadium60338NFC Divisional Playoff
Sun1/7/1979ALos Angeles Rams28-0WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum67470NFC Championship
Sun1/21/1979HPittsburgh Steelers31-35LMiami, FLOrange Bowl79484Super Bowl XIII
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
31Benny BarnesLCB6'119027Contra Costa JC; Stanford1412
76Larry BetheaDE6'525122Michigan State160
24Alois BlackwellRB5'1019524Houston130
53Bob BreunigMLB6'223625Arizona State1616
36Larry BrinsonRB6'021424Florida100
59Guy BrownLB6'422323Houston150
18Glenn CaranoQB6'320123Nevada-Las Vegas20
63Larry ColeLDT6'424532Air Force; Houston; Hawaii163
61Jim CooperC6'526523Temple142
21Doug DennisonRB6'020527Kutztown50
87Pat DonovanLOT6'526025Stanford1616
33Tony DorsettRB5'1118924Pittsburgh1615
89Billy Joe DuPreeTE6'422528Michigan State1616
62John FitzgeraldC6'525530Boston College1414
71Andy FrederickROT6'626524New Mexico165
43Cliff HarrisFS6'018830Ouachita Baptist1616
58Mike HegmanLLB6'122725Alabama A&M; Tennessee State163
56Thomas HendersonLLB6'222025Langston1513
80Tony HillWR6'220322Stanford1613
42Randy HughesS6'420725Oklahoma160
57Bruce HutherLB6'122024New Hampshire160
86Butch JohnsonWR6'118724UC Riverside160
72Ed JonesLDE6'927727Tennessee State1616
25Aaron KyleRCB5'1118524Wyoming1616
35Scott LaidlawFB6'020525Stanford164
66Burton LawlessOG6'425525Florida160
50D.D. LewisRLB6'221833Mississippi State1616
79Harvey MartinRDE6'526028Texas A&M-Commerce1616
44Robert NewhouseFB5'1021928Houston1312
88Drew PearsonWR6'018227Tulsa1616
26Preston PearsonRB6'119033Illinois161
75Jethro PughLDT6'625834Elizabeth City State1313
64Tom RaffertyROG6'326224Penn State1616
60Tom RandallDT6'524522Iowa State110
83Golden RichardsWR6'018128Brigham Young; Hawaii10
87Jay SaldiTE6'322724South Carolina41
68Herbert ScottLOG6'226025Virginia Union1616
1Rafael SeptienK5'917125Louisiana-Lafayette160
81Jackie SmithTE6'422538Northwestern State (Louisiana)122
65Dave StallsDT-DE6'424523Northern Colorado160
12Roger StaubachQB6'219836New Mexico Military Institute JC; Navy1515
82Robert SteeleWR6'419622North Alabama140
32Dennis ThurmanCB5'1117822Southern California161
46Mark WashingtonLCB5'1118731Morgan State133
41Charlie WatersSS6'220030Clemson1616
11Danny WhiteQB-P6'319526Arizona State161
54Randy WhiteRDT6'426025Maryland1616
70Rayfield WrightROT6'724233Fort Valley State1511
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Larry Bethea128DEMichigan State
Todd Christensen256RBBrigham Young
Dave Hudgens384DTOklahoma
Alois Blackwell4110RBHouston
Rich Rosen5138GSyracuse
Harold Randolph6166LBEast Carolina
Tom Randall7194DT-DEIowa State
Homer Butler8222WRUCLA
Russ Williams9250DBTennessee
Barry Tomasetti10278GIowa
Dennis Thurman11306DBSouthern California
Lee Washburn12334GMontana State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals58121118843
Opponents Totals834325570
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals3421461672911823550.24850.096816
Opponents Totals23283128217822035.581361.595783
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rafael Septien0464797.9162661.5094
Tony Dorsett100000060
Robert Newhouse100000060
Billy Joe DuPree90000054
Tony Hill60000036
Scott Laidlaw40000024
Drew Pearson30000018
Larry Brinson20000012
Jay Saldi20000012
Doug Dennison1000006
Roger Staubach1000006
Charlie Waters0000012
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals48464895.8162661.51384
Opponents Totals25232592.0112250.01208
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rafael Septien162661.52/38/83/53/100/0
Team Totals162661.52/38/83/53/100/0
Opponents Totals112250.00/03/33/74/101/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Dorsett29013254.6637
Robert Newhouse1405844.2248
Scott Laidlaw753124.2593
Roger Staubach421824.3231
Preston Pearson251044.2180
Larry Brinson18965.339t2
Doug Dennison14755.4231
Alois Blackwell9374.1130
Drew Pearson3299.7330
Tony Hill3175.7140
Billy Joe DuPree11515.0150
Danny White571.440
Team Totals62527834.56322
Opponents Totals47717213.652t13
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Roger Staubach41323155.916631907.713.891t256.1163.932219297184.9
Danny White342058.8132156.310.83500.012.911020565.2
Tony Dorsett100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Tony Hill100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals44925155.918134057.613.691t255.6173.833229317683.1
Opponents Totals43220246.820727306.313.551112.5235.358442228853.7
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Preston Pearson4752611.2340
Tony Hill4682317.9546
Drew Pearson4471416.253t3
Tony Dorsett3737810.291t2
Billy Joe DuPree3450915.0389
Robert Newhouse201768.8242
Butch Johnson1215512.9230
Scott Laidlaw610818.044t1
Jay Saldi382.752
Doug Dennison166.060
Golden Richards122.020
Team Totals251340513.691t25
Opponents Totals202273013.55111
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Benny Barnes57214.4380
Charlie Waters46115.3220
Cliff Harris4266.5230
Aaron Kyle3206.7170
Randy Hughes28040.0560
Dennis Thurman23517.5230
Larry Cole11313.0130
Harvey Martin177.070
Bob Breunig122.020
Team Totals2331613.7560
Opponents Totals1717610.4431
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Danny White76307640.55611116311254533.1
Team Totals77307639.95611116311254533.1
Opponents Totals108425739.46101316502349532.4
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Butch Johnson51124017.9230
Tony Hill1101019.2200
Dennis Thurman1000.000
Team Totals63125028.0230
Opponents Totals40133117.8380
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Butch Johnson2960320.8560
Larry Brinson69315.5310
Alois Blackwell37023.3310
Doug Dennison36321.0240
Dennis Thurman34214.0200
Randy White11515.0150
Burton Lawless11010.0100
Jay Saldi100.000
Team Totals4789619.1560
Opponents Totals73170923.4570
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Benny Barnes00022140
Bob Breunig0001100
Larry Brinson100000
Tony Dorsett12404541
Billy Joe DuPree300000
John Fitzgerald110100
Andy Frederick0010100
Cliff Harris00022170
Mike Hegman0002200
Thomas Henderson0001100
Tony Hill100000
Randy Hughes0001100
Butch Johnson510100
Aaron Kyle0002200
Scott Laidlaw320200
Robert Newhouse100000
Jethro Pugh0001100
Roger Staubach5202-20
Dennis Thurman220200
Mark Washington0001100
Danny White2202-80
Rayfield Wright0010100
Team Totals3620161329751
Opponents Totals27131118290
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