1975 Dallas Cowboys

The 1975 Dallas Cowboys surprised all the NFL pundits by advancing to Super Bowl X. The Cowboys were coming off a disappointing 8-6 season and most thought they were still rebuilding in 1975. The Cowboys offense was led by QB Roger Staubach. Staubach did not have one of his better seasons but still led the Cowboys to 9 wins in his 13 starts. Robert Newhouse led the Cowboys in rushing with 930 yards and newcomer Preston Pearson chipped in 509 yards. Drew Pearson was the Cowboys leading receiver with 822 yards on 46 catches and 8 TDs. For the 1st time in 14 seasons the Cowboys defense was no longer led by Bob Lilly who had retired after the 1974 season. Despite missing their hall of fame leader, the Cowboys defense responded to the challenge and ranked 5th in the league at the end of the season. The Cowboys defense was led by MLB Lee Roy Jordan, CB Mel Renfro, Safeties Charlie Waters and Cliff Harris as well as 2nd year player “Too Tall” Jones.

1976 Topps Randy White

1976 Topps Randy White

The Cowboys had one of their most successful drafts in 1975 when 12 of their draft picks made the team. Some of the more notables were Future Hall of Famer Randy White who was selected in the first round. LB Thomas Henderson was also taken in the 1st round. LB Bob Breunig came in the 3rd, Tackle Pat Donovan was a 4th round pick. DB Randy Hughes was also a 4th round pick. LB Mike Hegman came in the 7th round. Guard Herb Scott was taken in the 13th round and Scott Laidlaw was selected in the 14th round.

The Cowboys won their first 4 games of the 1975 season including an OT win over the Division winning St Louis Cardinals. At mid season the Cowboys lost 3 of 4 games including an OT loss to the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys won 5 of 6 down the stretch with their only loss coming to the Division Champion Cardinals. The Cowboys failed to capture the Division title but easily won the NFC Wild Card with a 10-4 record.

The Cowboys traveled to Minnesota to face the heavily favored Vikings in the first round of the 1975 NFC Playoffs. Both teams struggled to score in the first half. The Cowboys were shutout but the Vikings did manage a 1 yard TD run from Chuck Foreman after a muffed punt by the Cowboys. The Cowboys tied the score at 7 with a 3rd quarter 4 yard TD run from RB Doug Dennison. The Cowboys took a 10-7 lead in the 4th Quarter off of a Toni Fritsch 24 yard field goal. The Vikings took the lead back at 14-10 after a 70 yard drive capped off by a Brent McClanahan’s 1 yard TD run. The Cowboys got the ball on their own 15 yard line with 1:51 to play in the game. Early in the drive the Cowboys faced a 4th and 16 when Roger Staubach hit Drew Pearson on the sidelines right at the first down marker. The Cowboys moved the ball to mid field with 24 seconds remaining and completed one of the most famous passes in NFL history. Staubach launched a long pass down the right sideline where Drew Pearson was sprinting down field with Viking DB Nate Wright along side. As the ball arrived, Wright fell down and Pearson appeared to trap the ball along his side. The refs signaled TD and the Vikings cried foul. The play was later dubbed the ‘Hail Mary’ when Roger Staubach used those words to describe the pass during the post game interview. The Cowboys had pulled off an improbably victory over the Vikings 17-14.

The Cowboys traveled to LA to play the Rams in the NFC Championship game. The Rams were heavily favored over the Cowboys but the Cowboys had momentum coming off the Vikings game and steamrolled the Rams 37-7. Staubach threw for 220 yards and 4 TD’s as the Cowboys raced to 21-0 halftime lead. The Cowboys scored a TD on their first possession of the 2nd half to take a commanding 28-0 lead. They added 3 Toni Fritsch FG’s and if not for a late TD run by John Cappelletti would have shut the Rams out. The Cowboys defense allowed only 118 yards, 22 on the ground and recorded 5 QB sacks.

SI Super Bowl X

Sports Illustrated Super Bowl X

The Cowboys face the defending Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers in Miami for Super Bowl X. Super Bowl X was a great game and featured 15 future Hall of Famer’s. The Cowboys scored 1st off a Steelers fumbled punt. Staubach hit Drew Pearson for a 29 yard TD pass. The Steelers immediately responded with a TD drive of their own. Bradshaw hit Randy Grossman on a 7 yard TD pass. The Cowboys responded on their next possession with a Toni Fritsch field goal to take a 10-7 lead. The Steelers and the Cowboys both squandered opportunity to score again in the first half and went to the locker rooms with the score Cowboys 10, Steelers 7. Neither team scored in the 3rd quarter but the Steelers did miss another field goal. The Cowboys punter Mitch Hoopes had a punt blocked early in the 4th quarter that went through the end zone for a safety moving the Steelers closer at 10-9. The Steelers were able to get 2 field goals on their next two possessions to take a 15-10 lead. The Steelers pushed the score out even further on a 64 yard TD pass from Bradshaw to Swann. Gerala missed the extra point making the score 21-10. With a little over 5 minutes remaining, the Cowboys and Staubach were not done. Staubach drove the Cowboys 80 yards for a TD. Staubach hit Percy Howard on a 34 yard TD, Howard’s only NFL Catch, to make the score 21-17. The Cowboys then recovered the onside kick with 1:22 left. The Cowboys moved to mid field but failed to score as the Steelers intercepted a last ditch ‘Hail Mary’ attempt by Staubach. The Steelers won Super Bowl X by a score of 21-17.

1975 Dallas Cowboy draft picks

1975 Dallas Cowboys schedule and results

Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 21 W Los Angeles Rams 18 7
2 September 28 W St. Louis Cardinals 37 31
3 October 6 W @ Detroit Lions 36 10
4 October 12 W @ New York Giants 13 7
5 October 19 L Green Bay Packers 17 19
6 October 26 W @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 17
7 November 2 L @ Washington Redskins 24 30
8 November 10 L Kansas City Chiefs 31 34
9 November 16 W @ New England Patriots 34 31
10 November 23 W Philadelphia Eagles 27 17
11 November 30 W New York Giants 14 3
12 December 7 L @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 31
13 December 13 W Washington Redskins 31 10
14 December 21 W @ New York Jets 31 21
Division December 28 W @ Minnesota Vikings 17 14
ConfChamp January 4 W @ Los Angeles Rams 37 7
SuperBowl January 18 L N Pittsburgh Steelers 17 21
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1975 Dallas Cowboys roster

1975 Dallas Cowboys

1975 Dallas Cowboys

No. Pos G GS College/Univ
31 Benny Barnes 14 0 Stanford
53 Bob Breunig 10 0 Arizona St.
59 Warren Capone 5 0 LSU
63 Larry Cole RDT 13 8 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii
57 Kyle Davis 14 0 Oklahoma
21 Doug Dennison rb 13 3 Kutztown Pennsylvania
67 Pat Donovan t 13 1 Stanford
89 Billy Joe DuPree te 14 5 Michigan St.
52 Dave Edwards 14 0 Auburn
62 John Fitzgerald 14 0 Boston Col.
15 Toni Fritsch 14 0 none
84 Jean Fugett TE 14 9 Amherst
77 Bill Gregory rdt 14 6 Wisconsin
43 Cliff Harris* 14 0 Ouachita Baptist
56 Thomas Henderson 13 0 Langston
9 Mitch Hoopes 14 0 Arizona
81 Percy Howard 8 0 Austin Peay St.
87 Ron Howard 10 0 Seattle
42 Randy Hughes 14 0 Oklahoma
72 Too Tall Jones LDE 14 14 Tennessee St.
55 Lee Roy Jordan 14 0 Alabama
35 Scott Laidlaw 8 0 Stanford
66 Burton Lawless LG 14 10 Florida
50 D.D. Lewis 14 0 Mississippi St.
19 Clint Longley qb 4 1 Abilene Christian
79 Harvey Martin 13 0 Texas A&M-Commerce
73 Ralph Neely 14 0 Oklahoma
44 Robert Newhouse 14 0 Houston
61 Blaine Nye 14 0 Stanford
88 Drew Pearson 14 0 Tulsa
26 Preston Pearson KR 14 10 Illinois
58 Cal Peterson 14 0 UCLA
75 Jethro Pugh 13 0 Elizabeth City St.
20 Mel Renfro 11 0 Oregon
83 Golden Richards 14 0 Hawaii,BYU
68 Herbert Scott g 14 4 Virginia Union
12 Roger Staubach* QB 13 13 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy
78 Bruce Walton 13 0 UCLA
46 Mark Washington 14 0 Morgan St.
41 Charlie Waters 14 0 Clemson
54 Randy White dt 14 1 Maryland
45 Rolly Woolsey 14 0 Boise St.
70 Rayfield Wright* 13 0 Fort Valley St.
30 Charley Young 12 0 North Carolina St.
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