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1979 Dallas Cowboys (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Eastern Division 11-5-0 .688
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
Sat7/28/1979NOakland Raiders13-20LCanton, OHFawcett Stadium20648
Sun9/2/1979ASt. Louis Cardinals22-21WSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium50855
Sat8/4/1979HDenver Broncos7-6WIrving, TXTexas Stadium61192
Sun9/9/1979ASan Francisco 49ers21-13WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park56728
Sun8/12/1979ASeattle Seahawks17-27LSeattle, WAKingdome58903
Sat8/18/1979HHouston Oilers16-13WIrving, TXTexas Stadium62803
Sun9/16/1979HChicago Bears24-20WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64056
Sat8/25/1979HPittsburgh Steelers16-14WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64543
Mon9/24/1979ACleveland Browns7-26LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium80123
Sun9/30/1979HCincinnati Bengals38-13WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63179
Sun10/7/1979AMinnesota Vikings36-20WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47572
Sun10/14/1979HLos Angeles Rams30-6WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64462
Sun10/21/1979HSt. Louis Cardinals22-13WIrving, TXTexas Stadium64300
Sun10/28/1979APittsburgh Steelers3-14LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium50199
Sun11/4/1979ANew York Giants16-14WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium76490
Mon11/12/1979HPhiladelphia Eagles21-31LIrving, TXTexas Stadium62417
Sun11/18/1979AWashington Redskins20-34LWashington, DCRFK Stadium55031
Thu11/22/1979HHouston Oilers24-30LIrving, TXTexas Stadium63897
Sun12/2/1979HNew York Giants28-7WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63787
Sat12/8/1979APhiladelphia Eagles24-17WPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium71434
Sun12/16/1979HWashington Redskins35-34WIrving, TXTexas Stadium62867
Sun12/30/1979HLos Angeles Rams19-21LIrving, TXTexas Stadium64792NFC Divisional Playoff
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 BarnesLCB6'119028Contra Costa JC; Stanford1515
76Larry BetheaRDT6'525123Michigan State162
24Alois BlackwellRB5'1019525Houston60
53Bob BreunigMLB6'223626Arizona State1616
36Larry BrinsonRB6'021425Florida140
59Guy BrownLLB6'422324Houston151
18Glenn CaranoQB6'320124Nevada-Las Vegas30
63Larry ColeLDE-LDT6'424533Air Force; Houston; Hawaii1616
61Jim CooperROT6'526524Temple1511
84Doug CosbieTE6'623823Holy Cross; DeAnza JC; Santa Clara161
67Pat DonovanLOT6'526026Stanford1616
33Tony DorsettRB5'1118925Pittsburgh1414
89Billy Joe DuPreeTE6'422529Michigan State1616
78John DuttonLDE6'726128Nebraska84
62John FitzgeraldC6'525531Boston College1515
71Andy FrederickOT6'626525New Mexico160
43Cliff HarrisFS6'018831Ouachita Baptist1616
58Mike HegmanLLB6'122726Alabama A&M; Tennessee State165
56Thomas HendersonLLB6'222026Langston1110
80Tony HillWR6'220323Stanford1615
42Randy HughesSS6'420726Oklahoma1515
57Bruce HutherLB6'122025New Hampshire160
86Butch JohnsonWR6'118725UC Riverside111
25Aaron KyleRCB5'1118525Wyoming1616
35Scott LaidlawFB6'020526Stanford163
66Burton LawlessOG6'425526Florida150
50D.D. LewisRLB6'221834Mississippi State1616
22Wade ManningCB5'1119024Ohio State90
79Harvey MartinRDE6'526029Texas A&M-Commerce1616
34Aaron MitchellLCB6'119623Morris Brown; Canyons JC; Nevada-Las Vegas161
44Robert NewhouseFB5'1021929Houston1412
88Drew PearsonWR6'018228Tulsa1515
26Preston PearsonRB6'119034Illinois140
64Tom RaffertyROG6'326225Penn State1616
87Jay SaldiTE6'322725South Carolina161
68Herbert ScottLOG6'226026Virginia Union1616
1Rafael SeptienK5'917126Louisiana-Lafayette160
52Robert ShawC6'426123Tennessee161
20Ron SpringsRB6'222523Coffeyville CC; Ohio State162
65Dave StallsLDT6'424524Northern Colorado1612
12Roger StaubachQB6'219837New Mexico Military Institute JC; Navy1616
77Bruce ThorntonDE6'526521Illinois160
32Dennis ThurmanSS-CB5'1117823Southern California161
11Danny WhiteP-QB6'319527Arizona State160
54Randy WhiteRDT6'426026Maryland1514
81Steve WilsonWR5'1019522Howard160
70Rayfield WrightROT6'724234Fort Valley State165
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Robert Shaw127CTennessee
Aaron Mitchell255DBNevada-Las Vegas
Doug Cosbie376TESanta Clarafrom SEA
Ralph DeLoach4109DECalifornia
Bob Hukill5121GNorth Carolinafrom CHIB
Curtis Anderson5128DECentral State (Ohio)from SEA
Ron Springs5136RBOhio State
Tim Lavender6155DBSouthern Californiafrom SEA
Mike Salzano6160GNorth Carolinafrom DEN
Chris DeFance6164WRArizona State
Greg Fitzpatrick7191LBYoungstown State
Bruce Thornton8219DTIllinois
Garry Cobb9247LBSouthern California
Mike Calhoun10274DTNotre Dame
Quentin Lowry12329LBYoungstown State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals7310287109
Opponents Totals87886078
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals3391221952212024149.82922.2100845
Opponents Totals259105134208222836.051145.570704
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rafael Septien0404490.9192965.5097
Tony Hill100000060
Drew Pearson80000048
Tony Dorsett70000042
Billy Joe DuPree50000030
Robert Newhouse40000024
Scott Laidlaw30000018
Ron Springs30000018
Preston Pearson20000012
Benny Barnes1000006
Butch Johnson1000006
Jay Saldi1000006
Harvey Martin0000012
(Team)0010.00012
Team Totals45404588.9192965.52371
Opponents Totals38343889.5172763.00313
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rafael Septien192965.50/07/77/113/82/3
Team Totals192965.50/07/77/113/82/3
Opponents Totals172763.00/04/44/67/132/4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Dorsett25011074.4416
Robert Newhouse1244493.6213
Ron Springs672483.7152
Scott Laidlaw692363.4153
Roger Staubach371724.6200
Larry Brinson14483.4100
Drew Pearson3279.0160
Danny White12525.0250
Billy Joe DuPree2199.5200
Tony Hill2189.0120
Preston Pearson7142.0111
Butch Johnson11313.0130
Jay Saldi1-1-1.0-10
Team Totals57823754.14115
Opponents Totals50021154.276t15
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Roger Staubach46126757.918335867.813.475t275.9112.436240334692.3
Danny White391948.7182676.814.14512.625.144622158.4
Ron Springs3133.323010.030.030t133.300.01426111.1
Team Totals50328757.120338837.713.575t295.8132.641290359390.2
Opponents Totals43520747.621528336.513.764t214.8133.043362247172.5
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Hill60106217.775t10
Drew Pearson55102618.756t8
Tony Dorsett453758.3321
Billy Joe DuPree2932411.2335
Preston Pearson2633312.826t1
Ron Springs2525110.0271
Jay Saldi1418112.923t1
Scott Laidlaw12594.9120
Robert Newhouse7557.921t1
Butch Johnson610517.5281
Doug Cosbie5367.2120
Steve Wilson37625.3450
Team Totals287388313.575t29
Opponents Totals207283313.764t21
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Randy Hughes29145.5680
Cliff Harris23517.5200
Benny Barnes22010.0110
D.D. Lewis284.050
Aaron Kyle200.000
Aaron Mitchell13636.0360
Bruce Thornton133.030
Dennis Thurman100.000
Team Totals1319314.8680
Opponents Totals131148.839t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Danny White76316841.7730921252273636.0
Team Totals76316841.7730921252273636.0
Opponents Totals96391640.8720817334342235.6
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Wilson35122366.7130
Wade Manning102555.5170
Tony Hill61437.2120
Team Totals51153346.6170
Opponents Totals34182527.4320
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Ron Springs3878020.5700
Steve Wilson1932817.3260
Wade Manning714520.7470
Larry Brinson22311.5170
Tony Hill13232.0320
Bruce Huther188.080
Team Totals68131619.4700
Opponents Totals68157823.2106t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Benny Barnes00022331
Larry Brinson100000
Jim Cooper0010100
Doug Cosbie100000
Pat Donovan0010100
Tony Dorsett910100
Billy Joe DuPree110100
Cliff Harris0001100
Tony Hill100000
Randy Hughes0001100
Scott Laidlaw500000
Wade Manning100000
Aaron Mitchell0001100
Robert Newhouse200000
Tom Rafferty0010100
Robert Shaw1000-340
Ron Springs202200
Dave Stalls0001100
Roger Staubach860600
Dennis Thurman0001100
Danny White100000
Randy White0001100
Steve Wilson110100
Team Totals3422121022-11
Opponents Totals2010921300
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