Dallas Cowboys 101...1985

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Row 1
    • 1 Rafael Septien, K
    • 4 Mike Saxon, P
    • 11 Danny White, QB
    • 14 Gary Hogeboom, QB
    • 16 Steve Pelluer, QB
    • 22 Victor Scott, DB
    • 23 James Jones, RB
    • 24 Everson Walls, CB, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 26 Michael Downs, S
    • 27 Ron Fellows, CB
    Row 2
    • 29 Robert Lavette, RB
    • 30 Timmy Newsome, RB
    • 32 Dennis Thurman, S
    • 33 Tony Dorsett, RB
    • 36 Vince Albritton, S/LB
    • 38 John Williams, FB
    • 40 Bill Bates, S
    • 42 Ricky Easmon, DB
    • 47 Dextor Clinkscale, S
    • 50 Jeff Rohrer, LB
    Row 3
    • 54 Randy White, DT, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 55 Steve DeOssie, LB
    • 56 Eugene Lockhart, LB
    • 58 Mike Hegman, LB
    • 59 Jesse Penn, LB
    • 60 Donald Smerek, DE
    • 61 Jim Cooper, T
    • 62 Brian Baldinger, OL
    • 63 Glen Titensor, G
    • 64 Tom Rafferty, G
    Row 4
    • 65 Kurt Petersen, G
    • 66 Chris Schultz, T
    • 67 Broderick Thompson, G
    • 68 Crawford Ker, G
    • 70 Howard Richards, T
    • 71 Mark Tuinei, OT/DL
    • 72 Ed Jones, DE
    • 75 Phil Pozderac, T
    • 77 Jim Jeffcoat, DE
    • 78 John Dutton, DT
    Row 5
    • Drew Pearson, Coach
    • 80 Tony Hill, WR, Pro Bowl
    • 81 Karl Powe, WR
    • 82 Mike Renfro, WR
    • 83 Leon Gonzalez, WR
    • 84 Doug Cosbie, TE, Pro Bowl *
    • 85 Fred Cornwell, TE
    • 89 Brian Salonen, TE/LB
    • 97 David Ponder, DT
    • 99 Kevin Brooks, DT
    • Buck Buchanan, Equipment Manager
    Row 6
    • Tom Landry, Head Coach
    • Jim Myers, Coach
    • Neill Armstrong, Coach
    • Al Lavan, Coach
    • Alan Lowry, Coach
    • Dick Nolan, Coach
    • Jim Shofner, Coach
    • Gene Stallings, Coach
    • Ernie Stautner, Coach
    • Jerry Tubbs, Coach
    • Bob Ward, Coach
    • Ken Locker, Assistant Trainer
    • Don Cochren, Trainer
    * = Starter

    :star: 1985 Cowboys Draft :star:
    1…Kevin Brooks, DE, Michigan
    2…Jesse Penn, LB, Virginia Tech
    3…Crawford Ker, G, Florida
    4…Robert Lavette, RB, Georgia Tech
    5…Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia
    2 time Pro Bowl...1987-88
    5…Matt Darwin, C, Texas A&M
    6…Kurt Ploeger, DE, Gustavus Adolphus
    6…Matt Moran, G, Stanford
    7…Karl Powe, WR, Alabama State
    7…Jim Herrmann, DE, Brigham Young
    8…Leon Gonzales, WR, Bethune-Cookman
    9…Scott Stasburger, LB, Nebraska
    10…Joe Jones, TE, Virginia Tech
    11…Neal Dellocono, LB, UCLA
    12…Karl Jordan, LB, Vanderbilt

    :star: 1985 Cowboys Schedule :star:
    Year 20 of 20 year winning streak

    NFC East Division Champs (9th)

    9/9/85…Won vs. Washington Redskins, 44-14
    9/15/85…Lost @ Detroit Lions, 21-26
    9/22/85…Won vs. Cleveland Browns, 20-7
    9/29/85…Won @ Houston Oilers, 17-10
    10/6/85…Won @ New York Giants, 30-29
    10/13/85…Won vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-13
    10/20/85…Lost @ Philadelphia Eagles, 14-16
    10/27/85…Won vs. Atlanta Falcons, 24-10
    11/4/85…Lost @ St. Louis Cardinals, 10-21
    11/10/85…Won @ Washington Redskins, 13-7
    11/17/85…Lost vs. Chicago Bears, 0-44
    11/24/85…Won vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 34-17
    11/28/85…Won vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 35-17
    12/8/85…Lost @ Cincinnati Bengals, 24-50
    12/15/85…Won vs. New York Giants, 28-21
    12/22/85…Lost @ San Francisco 49ers, 16-31

    7-1 @ Dallas
    3-5 on the road

    Points scored...357, 22.3 ppg
    Points allowed...333, 20.8 ppg

    1/4/86...Lost @ Los Angeles Rams, 0-20

    All time franchise record...233-132-6
    All time Post Season Record...20-16

    THUMPER Papa

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    1985 was the last winning season for Coach Landry and his last playoff appearance. In many ways it was the end of an era, the final year of 20 consecutive winning seasons, something no other team has ever done.

    The best part of 1985 was drafting Herschel Walker who was still playing in the USFL and wouldn't join the team until the following year but he would be the key to our winning 3 more SBs in the 90s. Unfortunately, he was the only bright spot in the draft for us.

    Tony Hill, Doug Cosbie, and Dorsett continued to play well on offense while Randy White, Everson Walls, and Eugene Lockhart were the stars on defense. Walls led the league in INTs for the 3rd time, the only player in NFL history to do so.

    The overall talent on the team was dwindling and our depth was poor. Of the last 8 1st round picks, only Jim Jeffcoat was a starter. Our O-Line in particular lacked talented players with Tom Rafferty as the only top quality player. We did move Mark Tuinei from DT to OL this year but he didn't play much at least not yet, but in the future he would become Troy Aikman's protector at LT.

    We started off the season by stomping the Redskins on Monday Night 44-14 and hopes were high when after 10 weeks we were sitting at 7-3 and playing well. Then came the wipe out by the Bears, 44-0! We hadn't been shut out since 1970 when the Cardinals beat us 38-0, but that game was a catalyst for us to win out the rest of the season and go to the SB against the Colts.

    This time the result was different though as we looked shell-shocked the rest of the way. Even though we bounced back and beat the Eagles and Cards handily, we were obliterated by Cincinnati 50-24 in week 14 and beaten by the stinking 49ERs 31-16 in the final week of the season.

    That loss to the Bears was humiliating. I had never seen a Cowboys team look so weak and pathetic, even in the early years. We could do nothing against them. Couldn't run, couldn't pass, and couldn't stop them. For a good team to be manhandled that way was tough to watch. We weren't the only team the Bears crushed that year on their way to the Title, we were just the worst beating.

    We won the division on a tie-breaker as yet again there were 3 teams tied for the lead (Dallas, NY, & Washington) but we won the division due to sweeping both of the other teams.

    In the playoffs we faced our old nemesis the Rams who once again knocked us out in the first round. Eric Dickerson ran for 248 yards and 2 TDs as they shut us out 20-0. Danny White again threw 3 INTs for the 3rd time in the 80s as we were unable to run the ball effectively. We were only down 3-0 for the first half but then Dickerson ran for a 55-yard TD early in the 3rd quarter and a 40-yarder in the 4th to keep us down.

    Rams QB Dieter Brock only completed 6 of 22 passes for 50 yards and 1 INT but they didn't need to pass much with the way Dickerson was killing us and eating up the clock.

    It was a tough way to go out yet again.
  3. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Well-Known Member

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    What can I add to Thumper's post? Just let me say that the 1985 team holds a special place in my personal sports history memory bank because it was the last hurrah of the old-time Cowboys. So many of the older guys, the ones drafted in the 1970s, the ones who won Super Bowl 12, the ones who played with Staubach; this was their last moment in the sun. As well as Tom Landry's last real taste of winning a big game.

    What? A big game do you say? Yes. 1985 was redemption in several ways from 1983 and 1984, when the Cowboys lost big games late in the year. This time, Dallas faced a rival with the division crown on the line late in the year and actually won the game. Won it in dramatic fashion too.

    Let's recap 1985 in brief. There were several highlight games, including the opener against the Redskins. Dallas started out on Monday Night Football for the fifth year out of the last six. Dallas had a slow first quarter, but then steamrolled the Redskins. Near the end, it was interception central as the Cowboy DB's picked off pass after desperation pass. It was Joe Thiesmann's birthday oddly enough, and the Texas Stadium crowd seranaded him with the "happy birthday" song at the end of the game. Another great season opener for Dallas, 44-14.

    The QB drama was long over. Danny White was the starting QB for the year, although Hogeboom would see significant playing time due to injury. Hogeboom relieved White in game 2 versus Detroit and Dallas rolled up 554 yards of offense in a 26-21 loss that really wasn't as close as the final score.

    White caught a TD pass from James Jones (who is a story unto himself, coming back from a serious 1981 knee injury to contribute in 1984 and 1985) in the next game versus Cleveland. The defense racked up a dozen sacks against Houston in a last minute win. Dallas pulled it out against the Giants thanks to a late Simms fumble in a shootout game on Sunday night. Dorsett had a great game against the Steelers in a victory. Hogeboom started in a close loss to the Eagles, highlighted by a tipped pass TD from Jaworski to Kenny Jackson. Dallas rebounded to solidly defeat the Falcons aided by a 60-yard Dorsett TD.

    Sitting at 6-2 and playing well, Dallas went to St. Louis on a Monday Night for a division showdown. This was a weird game from the start. Dallas took a 10-0 lead at halftime and the announcers were saying it was a blowout in the making. But they changed their tune as the Cardinals dominated the second half, sending Dallas to 6-3 for the year.

    The next week Dallas faced the Redskins in RFK. The Skins were fighting for their playoff lives. Joe Theismann was having a sub-par season and this game was a defensive battle. Dorsett scored on a long pass to give Dallas the lead in the second half, then it was up to the Cowboy D. Jim Jeffcoat, going against rookie Dan McQuaid subbing for an injured Joe Jacoby, had five sacks. Joey T was desperately flinging passes as the game wound down, but Dallas held on for a 13-7 win. It was the first time since 1981 that Dallas had a 2-0 record in the regular season versus Washington and it was sweet revenge for the previous years when the Skins had beaten Dallas in big games.

    The Chicago Bears were the big NFL story of 1985 and they rolled into Dallas and destroyed the Cowboys. It was a terrible shellacking. Personally, I saw the first few plays then I had to go to a funeral of a beloved relative. When I returned the blowout was well under way. It was a bad day all around.

    But the thing about this veteran Cowboy team, they bounced back from this blowout to win two division games in impressive fashion while avenging two losses from earlier in the year. They beat both the Eagles and the Cardinals with strong offensive performances.

    Those two wins brought Dallas back into the thick of the NFC East race at 9-4. The Bengals blew Dallas out the next week but that game didn't affect the division race very much. The NFC East would come down to the next game, a showdown against the Giants.

    It was Bill Parcell's third year and he had taken his team to the playoffs the season before. They, like Dallas, stood at 9-5. But unlike Dallas, NFL commentators believed them to be an up-and-coming league power with a ferocious defense led by Lawrence Taylor. It remained to be seen how the Cowboys would respond to the Bengals loss. Did they have the mental toughness to rebound again? Also, Dallas had not won a big game since 1982.

    The game started out with the Giants taking control. They led 14-7 late in the second quarter, missing some chances to extend their lead and punishing Dallas QB's White and Hogeboom, knocking them both out of the game at various points. The Giants were driving again and were at the Cowboy 22 yard line when Phil Simms dropped back to pass, Too Tall Jones tipped the ball right into the hands of Jim Jeffcoat who ran it all the way back for a touchdown to tie the game at 14. The Giants were stunned and their next possession began deep in their own territory. The Cowboy defense forced a punt and Sean Landeta mishandled the snap, giving Dallas great field position. White threw a short TD pass and Dallas led at the half 21-14. The Giants went to the locker room amazed at the turnaround in events.

    The second half, the Giants defense turned their game up a notch, as did the Dallas defense. Both teams battered the opposing offenses, Dallas even had to bring in second year QB Steve Pelluer because both White and Hogeboom could not continue. The fourth quarter came and the score was still 21-14 Dallas. Pelluer could not move the ball and the Giants defense was especially aggressive with the youngster in the game. Peuller faced a third down with fifteen yards to go. New York called for a blitz. Pelluer dropped back, read the blitz and fired the pass. WR Karl Powe, himself a rookie seventh-round pick seeing his first extended playing time, also read the blitz and ran a hot route. Powe caught the pass and took off, gaining the first down and more. 28 yards in all. This play engergized the Dallas crowd and the offense. Landry called a mixture of runs and safe passes on this drive. Dorsett converted a huge third-down short yardage play by accelerating to the corner and barely escaping the Giants linebacker. Dallas moved down the field and Timmy Newsome took a handoff, ran to the left, and scored with a little over four minutes to go to give Dallas a 28-14 lead. Tom Landry pumped his fist on the sideline and Terry Bradshaw in the booth joked that they should send that piece of film to Canton.

    Now the Cowboys dropped into a prevent defense. The Giants moved down quickly and scored to make it 28-21 Dallas. Pelluer could not move against the fired up Giant defense and Dallas punted. Now under two minuted remained and it was all up to the Cowboy defense. Simms ran the two-minute drill. Randy White came up with a big sack and finally, on fourth down, Victor Scott intercepted Simms to seal the win.

    It was a crazy game with unexpected heroes and unexpected twists and turns. But Dallas had won the big game.

    The rest of the season was forgettable. Dallas went into SF with little to play for and lost. In the playoffs, the Rams running game dominated Dallas and the season was over. While the season ended poorly, it held one last triumph for the old time Cowboys and I will never forget it.
  4. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Wow I didn't know guys like Gene Stallings was actually an asssistant coach in Dallas...

    THUMPER Papa

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    I forgot that was Joey's birthday game.

    Great memories, thanks for sharing about the Giants game too, that was a great win for us.

    You are my hero Lurker! :bow:
  6. Bob Sacamano

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    I remember 1985, I was learning how to walk

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