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1979 Houston Oilers (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Central Division 11-5-0 .688
Head Coach: Bum Phillips
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersEd Biles
Offensive BacksAndy Bourgeois
Offensive LineJoe Bugel
Defensive BacksBob Gambold
ReceiversKing Hill
Defensive LineWade Phillips
Linebackers/Special TeamsJohn Paul Young
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Thu8/2/1979HSt. Louis Cardinals9-7WHouston, TXAstrodome46252
Sun8/12/1979HNew York Jets14-26LHouston, TXAstrodome43350
Sat8/18/1979ADallas Cowboys13-16LIrving, TXTexas Stadium62803
Fri8/24/1979ANew Orleans Saints7-10LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome54469
Sun9/2/1979AWashington Redskins29-27WWashington, DCRFK Stadium54582
Sun9/9/1979APittsburgh Steelers7-38LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium49792
Sun9/16/1979HKansas City Chiefs20-6WHouston, TXAstrodome45684
Sun9/23/1979ACincinnati Bengals30-27WOTCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium45615
Sun9/30/1979HCleveland Browns31-10WHouston, TXAstrodome48915
Sun10/7/1979HSt. Louis Cardinals17-24LHouston, TXAstrodome53043
Sun10/14/1979ABaltimore Colts28-16WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium45021
Sun10/21/1979ASeattle Seahawks14-34LSeattle, WAKingdome60705
Sun10/28/1979HNew York Jets27-24WOTHouston, TXAstrodome45825
Mon11/5/1979AMiami Dolphins9-6WMiami, FLOrange Bowl72073
Sun11/11/1979HOakland Raiders31-17WHouston, TXAstrodome48000
Sun11/18/1979HCincinnati Bengals42-21WHouston, TXAstrodome49829
Thu11/22/1979ADallas Cowboys30-24WIrving, TXTexas Stadium63897
Sun12/2/1979ACleveland Browns7-14LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium69112
Mon12/10/1979HPittsburgh Steelers20-17WHouston, TXAstrodome55293
Sun12/16/1979HPhiladelphia Eagles20-26LHouston, TXAstrodome49407
Sun12/23/1979HDenver Broncos13-7WHouston, TXAstrodome48776AFC Wild Card Playoff
Sat12/29/1979ASan Diego Chargers17-14WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium51192AFC Divisional Playoff
Sun1/6/1980APittsburgh Steelers13-27LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium50475AFC 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
19Willie AlexanderCB6'319230Alcorn State130
75Jesse BakerDE6'527122Jacksonville State162
86Mike BarberTE6'323526Louisiana Tech1515
63Steve BaumgartnerLB6'724528Purdue120
65Elvin BetheaRDE6'325533North Carolina A&T State1414
54Gregg BinghamLILB6'122728Purdue1616
52Robert BrazileROLB6'423826Jackson State1616
00Ken BurroughWR6'321531Texas Southern1616
34Earl CampbellRB5'1123824Texas1616
26Rob CarpenterRB6'122624Miami (Ohio)160
58David CarterC-OG6'226026Western Kentucky162
88Rich CasterWR6'522831Jackson State1613
42Boobie ClarkRB6'224530Bethune-Cookman150
47Ronnie ColemanRB5'1019728Alabama A&M140
78Curley CulpMG6'126533Arizona State1616
20Bill CurrierS6'019324South Carolina160
69Andy DorrisLDE6'424828New Mexico State1616
85Rich EllenderWR5'1117122McNeese State130
57Jimbo ElrodLB6'022325Oklahoma40
60Ed FisherROG6'324930Arizona State1616
89Eddie FosterWR5'1018525Houston10
16Toni FritschK5'718834none160
74Leon GrayLOT6'326128Jackson State1616
81Jeff GrothWR5'1017222Bowling Green State60
36Carter HartwigCB-S6'020323Southern California160
70Conway HaymanLOG6'325530Delaware1616
50Daryl HuntRILB6'324323Oklahoma160
21Charles JeffersonCB6'017822McNeese State50
84Billy JohnsonWR5'917027Widener22
71Ken KennardMG6'225225Angelo State160
30Kenny KingRB5'1120522Oklahoma120
55Carl MauckC6'324232Southern Illinois1616
12Guido MerkensQB-WR6'120024Sam Houston State160
56Mike MurphyLB6'222222Missouri State30
14Gifford NielsenQB6'420525Brigham Young161
18Cliff ParsleyP6'121125Oklahoma State160
7Dan PastoriniQB6'320530Santa Clara1515
32Vernon PerrySS6'221126Jackson State1616
61Wes PhillipsOT6'527526Savannah State; Lenoir-Rhyne80
68Tom RandallOG6'524523Iowa State130
64George ReihnerOG6'426324Penn State20
37Mike ReinfeldtWS6'219226Wisconsin-Milwaukee1616
82Mike RenfroWR6'018624Texas Christian152
87Conrad RuckerTE6'326025Southern University1616
27Greg StemrickRCB5'1117828Colorado State1616
67Mike StensrudDE6'528023Iowa State60
53Art StringerRILB6'122325Ball State99
51Ted ThompsonLOLB6'121826Southern Methodist162
76Morris TownsROT6'426325Missouri1614
59Ted WashingtonLOLB6'125031Mississippi Valley State1514
33J.C. WilsonLCB6'017723Tampa; Pittsburgh1616
45Tim WilsonFB6'323525Maryland1616
77James YoungDE6'226029Texas Southern50
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mike Stensrud231DEIowa Statefrom KC
Jesse Baker250DEJacksonville State
Kenny King372RBOklahomafrom BAL
Daryl Hunt6143LBOklahomafrom BUF
Mike Murphy6159LBMissouri State
Tim Ries7171DBMissouri Statefrom BAL
Carter Hartwig8214DBSouthern California
Rich Ellender9243WRMcNeese State
Mike Taylor11298TGeorgia Tech
Wayne Wilson12324RBShepherd
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals5814481736
Opponents Totals8187501130
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals30:422681491001910725342.3109947
Opponents Totals29:18304125158219722642.9103920
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Earl Campbell1900000114
Toni Fritsch0414395.3212584.00104
Ken Burrough60000036
Rob Carpenter40000024
Mike Barber30000018
Tim Wilson30000018
Mike Renfro20000012
Jesse Baker1000006
Rich Caster1000006
Ronnie Coleman1000006
Billy Johnson1000006
Guido Merkens1000006
J.C. Wilson1000006
Team Totals43414395.3212584.00362
Opponents Totals40374092.5182864.30331
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Toni Fritsch212584.00/07/75/67/102/2
Team Totals212584.00/07/75/67/102/2
Opponents Totals182864.30/02/38/125/93/4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Earl Campbell36816974.661t19
Rob Carpenter923553.9133
Tim Wilson843193.8192
Ronnie Coleman21813.9100
Boobie Clark22512.370
Rich Caster4256.3100
Dan Pastorini15231.5140
Kenny King393.040
Gifford Nielsen571.470
Mike Barber242.060
Team Totals61625714.261t24
Opponents Totals52222254.34019
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Dan Pastorini32416350.314320906.512.855t144.3185.629212187862.1
Gifford Nielsen613252.5264046.612.64134.934.932637869.3
Ken Burrough100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals38619550.517024946.512.855t174.4215.432238225663.1
Opponents Totals46524252.018931866.913.256t183.9347.351421276556.4
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Ken Burrough4075218.855t6
Tim Wilson292087.224t1
Mike Barber2737714.037t3
Rich Caster1823913.3361
Mike Renfro1632320.2492
Rob Carpenter161167.3221
Earl Campbell16945.9460
Ronnie Coleman121149.5171
Billy Johnson610818.0291
Boobie Clark6589.7380
Conrad Rucker44010.0160
Guido Merkens34414.7201
Rich Ellender11515.0150
Jeff Groth166.060
Team Totals195249412.855t17
Opponents Totals242318613.256t18
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Reinfeldt1220517.1390
J.C. Wilson613522.5661
Gregg Bingham37826.0540
Vernon Perry33311.0240
Greg Stemrick25025.0500
Robert Brazile24522.5260
Willie Alexander22713.5190
Carter Hartwig22412.0240
Art Stringer22110.5210
Team Totals3461818.2661
Opponents Totals2129013.8681
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Cliff Parsley93377740.6590514726295131.7
Team Totals93377740.6590514726295131.7
Opponents Totals73299241.0570819221261135.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Rich Ellender3122036.6360
Billy Johnson40174.3160
Guido Merkens2563.060
Ronnie Coleman10-5-5.0-50
Ted Thompson0100
Team Totals3882215.8360
Opponents Totals64972611.355t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Rich Ellender2451421.4350
Ronnie Coleman1632120.1270
Carter Hartwig1323818.3370
Billy Johnson4379.3120
Rob Carpenter23417.0170
Tim Wilson23015.0150
Guido Merkens22211.0130
Jeff Groth12121.0210
Kenny King11717.0170
Rich Caster100.000
Greg Stemrick100.000
Team Totals67123418.4370
Opponents Totals69131019.0580
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jesse Baker00011201
Mike Barber100000
Elvin Bethea0001100
Gregg Bingham0003300
Robert Brazile0003300
Ken Burrough100000
Earl Campbell8202-10
Rob Carpenter3101-20
Rich Caster100000
Boobie Clark0001100
Ronnie Coleman200000
Bill Currier0001100
Rich Ellender410100
Carter Hartwig0003310
Daryl Hunt0001100
Carl Mauck0040400
Guido Merkens110100
Gifford Nielsen1000-10
Dan Pastorini630300
Mike Renfro100000
Greg Stemrick0001100
Ted Thompson0010100
Morris Towns0010100
J.C. Wilson0001100
Tim Wilson220200
Team Totals3115161632171
Opponents Totals29161311241
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