1968 Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys posted thier best regular season record in 1968 by winning 12 games and losing only 2. They had the highest scoring offense in the NFL and the 2nd scoring defense in the NFL.  The Dallas Cowboys burst out the gates by winning their first 6 games by an average of 3 Touchdowns. At mid season the Cowboys lost 2 of 3 but then finished off the season by winning their remaining 5 games. The Cowboys offense was led by Pro Bowlers Don Meredith at QB, Don Perkins at RB, Bob Hayes at WR and John Niland and Ralph Neely on the offensive line. The Defense was led by All Pros Bob Lilly at DT and Chuck Howley at LB as well as Pro Bowlers Lee Roy Jordan at MLB, George Andrie at DE and Mel Renfro at safety.

The Cowboys entered the 1968 NFL Playoffs as one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl. The Packes had slipped to a 6-7-1 record so the Cowboys would not have to face their recent arch rivals. The Cowboys faced the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland in the first round. The game was tied 10-10 at half time but the Browns pulled away in the 2nd half thanks to 3 interceptions by Don Meredith. The Browns won the game by a final score of 31-20 ending the Cowboys hopes for that elusive NFL Championship.

The Cowboys first 4 picks in the 1968 NFL draft all turned out to be busts. They finally struck gold in the 5th and 6th round when the selected Blaine Nye and DD Lewis both of whom stared for the Cowboys over the next decade. The Cowboys also selected Larry Cole in the 16th round who helped solidify the Cowboys defense for the next 13 seasons!

1968 Dallas Cowboys draft picks

Rnd Pos College/Univ
1 Dennis Homan WR Alabama
2 Dave McDaniels WR Miss. Valley St.
3 Ed Harmon LB Louisville
4 John Douglas LB Missouri
5 Blaine Nye G Stanford
6 D.D. Lewis LB Mississippi St.
7 Bob Taucher T Nebraska
8 Frank Brown DT
9 Ken Kmiec DB Illinois
10 Ben Olison FL Kansas
11 Ron Shotts RB Oklahoma
12 Wilson Whitty LB Boston Univ.
13 Carter Lord FL Harvard
14 Ron Williams DB West Virginia
15 Tony Lunceford K Auburn
16 Larry Cole DE Hawaii
17 George Nordgren RB Houston
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1968 Dallas Cowboys schedule and results

Score
Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 15 W Detroit Lions 59 13
2 September 22 W Cleveland Browns 28 7
3 September 29 W Philadelphia Eagles 45 13
4 October 6 W St. Louis Cardinals 27 10
5 October 13 W Philadelphia Eagles 34 14
6 October 20 W Minnesota Vikings 20 7
7 October 28 L Green Bay Packers 17 28
8 November 3 W New Orleans Saints 17 3
9 November 10 L New York Giants 21 27
10 November 17 W Washington Redskins 44 24
11 November 24 W Chicago Bears 34 3
12 November 28 W Washington Redskins 29 20
13 December 8 W Pittsburgh Steelers 28 7
14 December 15 W New York Giants 28 10
Playoffs
Division December 21 L Cleveland Browns 20 31
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1968 Dallas Cowboys Roster

1968 Cowboys

No. Pos G GS College/Univ
66 George Andrie* DE 14 0 Marquette
46 Craig Baynham HB 14 8 Georgia Tech
60 Jackie Burkett LB-C 3 0 Auburn
83 Mike Clark K 14 0 Texas A&M
37 Phil Clark DB 12 0 Northwestern
63 Larry Cole DE-DT 14 10 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii
21 Dick Daniels DB 14 8 Pacific (OR)
77 Ron East DT-DE 14 0 Montana St.,Oregon St.
52 Dave Edwards LB 14 0 Auburn
27 Mike Gaechter DB 14 0 Oregon
32 Walt Garrison RB 14 0 Oklahoma St.
35 Pete Gent FL-WR 10 0 Michigan St.
34 Cornell Green DB 14 0 Utah St.
22 Bob Hayes+ SE-WR 14 0 Florida A&M
24 Dennis Homan WR 10 0 Alabama
54 Chuck Howley*+ LB 14 0 West Virginia
23 Mike Johnson DB 14 0 Kansas
55 Lee Roy Jordan* LB 14 0 Alabama
50 D.D. Lewis LB 14 0 Mississippi St.
74 Bob Lilly*+ DT-DE 14 0 TCU
72 Tony Liscio T-G 14 0 Tulsa
51 Dave Manders C 14 0 Michigan St.
80 Dave McDaniels WR 4 0 Miss. Valley St.
17 Don Meredith* QB 13 13 SMU
14 Craig Morton QB 13 1 California
73 Ralph Neely+ T-G 14 0 Oklahoma
76 John Niland* G 14 0 Iowa
84 Pettis Norman TE-SE 13 0 Johnson C. Smith
61 Blaine Nye G 13 0 Stanford
43 Don Perkins* FB-HB 14 0 New Mexico
75 Jethro Pugh DT-DE 13 0 Elizabeth City St.
88 Sonny Randle E-WR 6 0 Virginia
30 Dan Reeves RB 4 4 South Carolina
20 Mel Renfro* DB-RB 14 8 Oregon
19 Lance Rentzel WR-FL 14 0 Oklahoma
13 Jerry Rhome QB 1 0 SMU,Tulsa
25 Les Shy RB 14 0 Long Beach St.
53 Dave Simmons LB 13 0 Georgia Tech
87 Andy Stynchula DE-DT 5 0 Penn St.
71 Willie Townes DE-DT 5 4 Indiana,Tulsa
57 Malcolm Walker C-T 14 0 Rice
12 Ron Widby P 13 0 Tennessee
65 John Wilbur G-DE 14 0 Stanford
67 Rayfield Wright T-TE 14 0 Fort Valley St.
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