1978 Dallas Cowboys Statistics

National Football League (NFL)
Team Record: 12-4
Finishing 1st in the NFL's East Division of the National Football Conference
Postseason: 2-1 Lost Super Bowl
Coach: Tom Landry (12-4)
Location: Dallas, Texas
1978 Dallas Cowboys Roster
1978 Dallas Cowboys Results

The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League ended the 1978 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, finishing first in the NFL's East Division of the National Football Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 2-1.

The Cowboys moved the ball well, scoring 384 points, and the rigid defensive squad conceded 208. Tony Dorsett ran for a team-best 1,325 yards for Dallas.

Roger Staubach tossed for 3,190 yards. Preston Pearson paced the receiving corps, hauling in 47 passes, while Tony Hill accumulated 823 receiving yards, while Tony Dorsett and Drew Pearson contributed to the receiving game as well.

Benny Barnes picked off 5 opponent throws.

Tom Landry coached the team. The 1978 Dallas Cowboys lost in the Super Bowl.

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Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Sacked Yds Lost Rating
Roger Staubach41323155.931907.7256.1163.9913221984.9
Danny White342058.82156.300.012.93511065.2
Tony Dorsett100.
Tony Hill100.
Totals44925155.934057.6255.6173.891 33229


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Tony Dorsett29013254.663 7
Robert Newhouse1405844.224 8
Scott Laidlaw753124.259 3
Roger Staubach421824.323 1
Preston Pearson251044.218 0
Larry Brinson18965.339 2
Doug Dennison14755.423 1
Alois Blackwell9374.113 0
Drew Pearson3299.733 0
Tony Hill3175.714 0
Billy DuPree11515.015 0
Danny White571.40
Totals62527834.563 22


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Preston Pearson4752611.234 0
Tony Hill4682317.954 6
Drew Pearson4471416.253 3
Tony Dorsett3737810.291 2
Billy DuPree3450915.038 9
Robert Newhouse201768.824 2
Butch Johnson1215512.923 0
Scott Laidlaw610818.044 1
Jay Saldi382.72
Doug Dennison166.00
Golden Richards122.00
Totals251340513.691 25


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % Pts.
Rafael Septien474697.9261661.594


Player No. Yds Avg. Long
Danny White76307640.556

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Butch Johnson514017.923 0
Tony Hill111019.220 0
Dennis Thurman100.00
Totals635028.023 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Butch Johnson2960320.856 0
Larry Brinson69315.531 0
Alois Blackwell37023.331 0
Doug Dennison36321.024 0
Dennis Thurman34214.020 0
Randy White11515.015 0
Burton Lawless11010.010 0
Jay Saldi100.00
Totals4789619.156 0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Benny Barnes57214.438 0
Charlie Waters46115.222 0
Cliff Harris4266.523 0
Aaron Kyle3206.717 0
Randy Hughes28040.056 0
Dennis Thurman23517.523 0
Larry Cole11313.013 0
Harvey Martin177.00
Bob Breunig122.00
Totals2331613.756 0

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
Rafael Septien1646094
Tony Dorsett72100060
Robert Newhouse8200060
Billy DuPree0900054
Tony Hill06000036
Scott Laidlaw3100024
Drew Pearson0300018
Larry Brinson2000012
Jay Saldi2000012
Roger Staubach10006
Doug Dennison1000006
Charlie Waters000012


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