1965 Dallas Cowboys

The 1965 Dallas Cowboys finished their season with an 7-7 record.  The first time in their short history did not finishe the season with a loosing record. They wouldn’t post another loosing record for 20 years! A record that is untouched in American Pro Sports! The Cowboys won their first 2 games in 1965 then proceeded to loose their next 5. They split the next 4 games and then won their final 3 games to post their first non loosing record. Both their offense and their defense was beginning to show signs of greatness. Don Meredith was beginning to display greatness and new comer Bob Hayes helped the offense show some explosiveness. The defense was anchored by Pro Bowlers Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, George Andrie, Cornell Green, Chuck Howley.

Of the 20 draft picks for the Cowboys in 1964, Criag Morton, their first pick, would eventually replace Don Meredith as a starter and lead the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl. Jethro Pugh, the Cowboys 11th pick, would play along side Bob LIlly for the next 14 seasons and help anchor the Cowboys famed Doomsday defense. The rest of the picks either never played for the Cowboys or their play was minimal.

1965 Dallas Cowboys draft picks:

Rnd Pos College/Univ
1 Craig Morton QB California
2 Malcolm Walker C Rice
4 Jimmy Sidle RB Auburn
4 Bob Svihus T USC
5 Roger Pettee LB Florida
6 Sonny Utz FB Virginia Tech
7 Brig Owens DB Cincinnati
8 Russell Wayt LB Rice
9 Jim Zanios FB Texas Tech
10 Gaylon McCollough C Alabama
11 Jethro Pugh DT Elizabeth City St.
12 Ernie Kellermann DB
13 Jack Schraub E California
14 Garry Porterfield DE Tulsa
15 Gene Foster RB Arizona St.
16 Doug McDougal E Oregon St.
17 Mitch Johnson T UCLA
18 Marty Amsler DE Evansville
19 Marv Rettenmund HB Ball St.
20 Don Barlow T Kansas St.
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1965 Dallas Cowboys schedule and results:

Score
Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 19 W New York Giants 31 2
2 September 26 W Washington Redskins 27 7
3 October 4 L St. Louis Cardinals 13 20
4 October 10 L Philadelphia Eagles 24 35
5 October 17 L Cleveland Browns 17 23
6 October 24 L Green Bay Packers 3 13
7 October 31 L Pittsburgh Steelers 13 22
8 November 7 W San Francisco 49ers 39 31
9 November 14 W Pittsburgh Steelers 24 17
10 November 21 L Cleveland Browns 17 24
11 November 28 L Washington Redskins 31 34
12 December 5 W Philadelphia Eagles 21 19
13 December 11 W St. Louis Cardinals 27 13
14 December 19 W New York Giants 38 20
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At the end of the 1965 season, the Cowboys appeared in the Playoff Bowl. The playoff bowl was a consolation game played in the NFL between 1960 and 1969. The game was used to decide the NFLs third place team. Although the ten Playoff Bowls were official third place playoff games at the time they were played, the NFL currently classifies them as exhibition games, and does not include them in the official results (or statistics) for the post-season. The Cowboys lost the 1965 Playoff Bowl to the Baltimore Colts 35-3 and were 1-2 all time in Playoff Bowls between 1965 and 1969.

1965 Dallas Cowboys Roster

1965 Dallas Cowboys

No. Pos G GS College/Univ
66 George Andrie* DE 14 0 Marquette
44 Don Bishop B 14 0 Los Angeles CC
68 Jim Boeke T 14 14 Heidelberg
82 Frank Clarke E 14 0 Colorado
77 Jim Colvin DT-DE-G 14 14 Houston
53 Mike Connelly C-G-T 10 0 Washington St.,Utah St.
26 Buddy Dial SE-FL 12 7 Rice
62 Leon Donohue G-T 14 14 San Jose St.
37 Perry Lee Dunn RB 13 7 Mississippi
52 Dave Edwards LB 14 0 Auburn
27 Mike Gaechter DB 14 5 Oregon
35 Pete Gent FL-WR 10 7 Michigan St.
34 Cornell Green* DB 14 0 Utah St.
22 Bob Hayes* SE-WR 13 0 Florida A&M
56 Harold Hays LB 14 0 Southern Miss
54 Chuck Howley* LB 14 0 West Virginia
64 Mitch Johnson T-G 12 0 Los Angeles St.,UCLA
55 Lee Roy Jordan LB 13 0 Alabama
67 Jake Kupp G-TE 14 0 Washington
74 Bob Lilly*+ DT-DE 14 0 TCU
41 Warren Livingston DB 14 0 Arizona
25 Obert Logan DB 14 9 Trinity (TX)
51 Dave Manders C 14 0 Michigan St.
17 Don Meredith QB 14 11 SMU
14 Craig Morton QB 4 1 California
73 Ralph Neely T-G 14 14 Oklahoma
84 Pettis Norman TE-SE 14 0 Johnson C. Smith
43 Don Perkins FB-HB 13 0 New Mexico
86 Garry Porterfield DE 2 0 Tulsa
75 Jethro Pugh DT-DE 12 0 Elizabeth City St.
30 Dan Reeves RB 13 4 South Carolina
20 Mel Renfro* DB-RB 14 0 Oregon
13 Jerry Rhome QB 11 2 SMU,Tulsa
88 Colin Ridgway P 3 0 Lamar
24 J.D. Smith FB-HB-DB 14 3 North Carolina A&T
79 Larry Stephens DE-DT 13 0 Texas
40 Jim Stiger HB 5 0 Washington
71 Don Talbert T-LB 14 0 Texas
50 Jerry Tubbs LB-C 14 0 Oklahoma
11 Danny Villanueva K 14 0 New Mexico St.
33 Russell Wayt LB 9 0 Rice
42 A.D. Whitfield RB 2 0 North Texas
78 Maury Youmans DE 14 0 Syracuse
Team Total 14
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