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1978 Houston Oilers (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Central Division 10-6-0 .625
Head Coach: Bum Phillips
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersEd Biles
Offensive BacksAndy Bourgeois
Offensive LineJoe Bugel
Defensive BacksBob Gambold
ReceiversKing Hill
Defensive LineWade Phillips
Offensive CoordinatorKen Shipp
Special TeamsJohn Paul Young
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978HDenver Broncos12-17LHouston, TXAstrodome48027
Mon8/14/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles10-28LHouston, TXAstrodome49334
Sat8/19/1978ADallas Cowboys27-13WIrving, TXTexas Stadium62242
Sat8/26/1978HNew Orleans Saints3-17LHouston, TXAstrodome49554
Sun9/3/1978AAtlanta Falcons14-20LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium57328
Sun9/10/1978AKansas City Chiefs20-17WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium40213
Sun9/17/1978HSan Francisco 49ers20-19WHouston, TXAstrodome46161
Sun9/24/1978HLos Angeles Rams6-10LHouston, TXAstrodome45749
Sun10/1/1978ACleveland Browns16-13WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium72776
Sun10/8/1978AOakland Raiders17-21LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum52550
Sun10/15/1978HBuffalo Bills17-10WHouston, TXAstrodome47727
Mon10/23/1978APittsburgh Steelers24-17WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium48021
Sun10/29/1978ACincinnati Bengals13-28LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium50532
Sun11/5/1978HCleveland Browns14-10WHouston, TXAstrodome45827
Sun11/12/1978ANew England Patriots26-23WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60356
Mon11/20/1978HMiami Dolphins35-30WHouston, TXAstrodome50290
Sun11/26/1978HCincinnati Bengals17-10WHouston, TXAstrodome43245
Sun12/3/1978HPittsburgh Steelers3-13LHouston, TXAstrodome54261
Sun12/10/1978ANew Orleans Saints17-12WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome63169
Sun12/17/1978HSan Diego Chargers24-45LHouston, TXAstrodome49554
Sun12/24/1978AMiami Dolphins17-9WMiami, FLOrange Bowl70036AFC Wild Card Playoff
Sun12/31/1978ANew England Patriots31-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60881AFC Divisional Playoff
Sun1/7/1979APittsburgh Steelers5-34LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium49417AFC Championship
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
19Willie AlexanderLCB6-319229Alcorn State1616
86Mike BarberTE6-323525Louisiana Tech1616
63Steve BaumgartnerDE6-724527Purdue160
65Elvin BetheaRDE6-325532North Carolina A&T State1616
54Gregg BinghamLILB6-122727Purdue1616
52Robert BrazileLOLB6-423825Jackson State1616
00Ken BurroughWR6-321530Texas Southern1616
34Earl CampbellRB5-1123823Texas1514
26Rob CarpenterRB6-122623Miami (Ohio)112
58David CarterC6-226025Western Kentucky160
88Rich CasterWR6-522830Jackson State147
47Ronnie ColemanRB5-1019727Alabama A&M152
78Curley CulpMG6-126532Arizona State1616
20Bill CurrierSS6-019323South Carolina1411
28Anthony DavisRB5-918726Southern California20
66Jimmy DeanDE6-425223Texas A&M30
81Johnnie DirdenWR6-019026Houston JC; Sam Houston State160
69Andy DorrisDE6-424827New Mexico State160
31Brian DuncanRB6-020126Southern Methodist50
60Ed FisherROG-LOG6-324929Arizona State1616
16Toni FritschK5-718833none160
70Conway HaymanROT6-325529Delaware1616
15Al JohnsonS6-020028Cincinnati70
84Billy JohnsonWR5-917026Widener50
71Ken KennardMG6-225224Angelo State160
57Steve KinerRILB6-021931Tennessee1616
25Kurt KnoffSS6-218824Kansas165
55Carl MauckC6-324231Southern Illinois1616
24Alvin MaxsonRB5-1120127Southern Methodist10
29Guido MerkensS6-120023Sam Houston State120
14Gifford NielsenQB6-420524Brigham Young20
18Cliff ParsleyP6-121124Oklahoma State160
7Dan PastoriniQB6-320529Santa Clara1616
39Larry PooleRB6-119526Kent State90
64George ReihnerLOG6-426323Penn State97
37Mike ReinfeldtWS6-219225Wisconsin-Milwaukee1616
82Mike RenfroWR6-018623Texas Christian1410
87Conrad RuckerTE6-326024Southern University130
73Greg SampsonLOT6-627028Stanford1616
62John SchuhmacherOG6-327523Southern California110
27Greg StemrickLCB-RCB5-1117827Colorado State1616
53Art StringerILB6-122324Ball State70
51Ted ThompsonOLB6-121825Southern Methodist160
76Morris TownsROT-ROG6-426324Missouri1612
46Robert TurnerRB5-1120024Oklahoma State40
59Ted WashingtonROLB6-125030Mississippi Valley State1616
38C.L. WhittingtonS6-120026Prairie View A&M120
33J.C. WilsonCB6-017722Tampa; Pittsburgh162
45Tim WilsonRB6-323524Maryland1613
42Robert WoodsWR5-717023Grambling State31
77James YoungLDE6-226028Texas Southern1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Earl Campbell11RBTexasfrom TB
Gifford Nielsen373QBBrigham Young
Mike Renfro498WRTexas Christian
Conrad Rucker6154TESouthern University
J.C. Wilson8210DBPittsburgh
Jim Mol9239DEMorningside
Steve Young10266TEWake Forest
Willie Thicklen11295WRAlabama State
John Schuhmacher12322GSouthern California
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals388065100
Opponents Totals431196769
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals29:442761351192210023243.1102833
Opponents Totals30:16292120144289022540.099940
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Earl Campbell130000078
Toni Fritsch0313296.9141877.8073
Rob Carpenter50000030
Rich Caster50000030
Mike Barber30000018
Ken Burrough20000012
Ronnie Coleman20000012
Mike Renfro20000012
Robert Woods20000012
Tim Wilson1000006
(Team)0030.00000
Team Totals35313588.6141877.80283
Opponents Totals34333497.1193259.42298
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Toni Fritsch141877.82/22/37/93/40/0
Team Totals141877.82/22/37/93/40/0
Opponents Totals193259.42/24/87/106/100/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Earl Campbell30214504.881t13
Tim Wilson1264313.4240
Rob Carpenter823484.2205
Ronnie Coleman611883.1161
Rich Caster5326.4110
Mike Barber2147.0130
Dan Pastorini18110.6110
Mike Renfro199.090
Robert Woods242.050
Brian Duncan100.000
Ken Burrough3-11-3.710
Team Totals60324764.181t19
Opponents Totals55620723.76514
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Dan Pastorini36819954.115224736.712.480t164.3174.615123235070.4
Gifford Nielsen4250.0200.00.0000.000.0212-1256.3
Ken Burrough100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals37320153.915524736.612.380t164.3174.617135233869.9
Opponents Totals42824056.117131257.313.058t174.0174.037283284275.9
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Ken Burrough4762413.3442
Mike Barber3251316.072t3
Mike Renfro2633913.058t2
Rich Caster2031615.847t5
Ronnie Coleman1924612.9331
Rob Carpenter171508.8370
Tim Wilson15916.1141
Earl Campbell12484.0200
Robert Woods69616.080t2
Conrad Rucker23819.0220
Brian Duncan200.000
Billy Johnson11010.0100
Guido Merkens166.060
Greg Sampson1-4-4.0-40
Team Totals201247312.380t16
Opponents Totals240312513.058t17
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Willie Alexander55110.2290
Greg Stemrick36521.7380
J.C. Wilson2105.0100
Robert Brazile13030.0300
Art Stringer12020.0200
Bill Currier188.080
Kurt Knoff166.060
C.L. Whittington166.060
Steve Kiner133.030
Mike Reinfeldt100.000
Team Totals1719911.7380
Opponents Totals1717410.2330
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Cliff Parsley91353938.9591620517290231.5
Team Totals92353938.5591620517290231.5
Opponents Totals81346242.76501019416284635.1
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Ronnie Coleman1611428.9320
Guido Merkens13113210.2420
Robert Woods90829.1140
Billy Johnson80607.5200
Ted Thompson0200
Team Totals4644169.0420
Opponents Totals53205179.882t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Johnnie Dirden3278024.4600
Larry Poole410726.8310
Anthony Davis49824.5310
Billy Johnson47318.3220
Robert Turner46917.3230
Robert Woods35919.7240
Ronnie Coleman24020.0230
Brian Duncan23819.0210
Tim Wilson22914.5160
Rob Carpenter11111.0110
Team Totals58130422.5600
Opponents Totals61136022.3540
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Willie Alexander0001100
Mike Barber400000
Elvin Bethea0001100
Gregg Bingham0002220
Earl Campbell920200
David Carter0002200
Rich Caster100000
Ronnie Coleman410100
Curley Culp0001140
Bill Currier0011200
Johnnie Dirden100000
Steve Kiner0001100
Guido Merkens300000
Gifford Nielsen100000
Dan Pastorini5101-190
George Reihner0010100
Mike Reinfeldt0002200
Mike Renfro100000
Greg Sampson0020200
Art Stringer0001100
Ted Thompson0011200
Ted Washington0002200
Tim Wilson510100
Robert Woods110100
James Young0001100
Team Totals3524111627-130
Opponents Totals28171021311
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