Super Bowl XI|Super Bowl XIII

January 15, 1978

Dallas' defense helped keep the young Denver team at bay in this first-ever Super Bowl to be played indoors.

The Cowboys never looked back after scoring first on a 3-yard run from Tony Dorsett, confining all the Broncos ten points to the third quarter. Co-MVP's Randy White and Harvey Martin helped Dallas recover four fumbles and pick off four passes thrown by Denver QB Craig Morton.

Attendance for the game was 76,400 -- and for the first time more than 100 million people watched the event on television, setting a new record. Tom Landry evened his Super Bowl record to 2-2 as coach for the Cowboys, while Red Miller led the Broncos.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com):

                       SCORING
Dallas          10  3  7  7 -- 27
Denver           0  0 10  0 -- 10
DAL- Dorsett 3 run  (Herrera kick),
     10:31 1st
DAL- FG Herrera 35, 13:29 1st
DAL- FG Herrera 43,  3:44 2nd
DEN- FG Turner 47,  2:28 3rd
DAL- Johnson 45 pass from Staubach (Herrera kick),
     8:01 3rd
DEN- Lytle 1 run  (Turner kick),  9:21 3rd
DAL- Richards 29 pass from Newhouse (Herrera kick),
     7:56 4th

TEAM STATISTICS                   Dal.           Denv.
Total First Downs                   17             11
  Rushing                            8              8
  Passing                            8              1
  Penalty                            1              2
Total Net Yardage                  325            156
Total Offensive Plays               71             58
  Average Gain per Offensive Play  4.6            2.7
Rushes                              38             29
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)       143            121
  Average Yards per Rush           3.8            4.2
Passes Attempted                    28             25
  Passes Completed                  19              8
  Had Intercepted                    0              4
  Tackled Attempting to Pass         5              4
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass     35             26
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)       182             35
Punts                                5              4
  Average Distance                41.6           38.3
Punt Returns                         1              4
  Punt Return Yardage                0             22
Kickoff Returns                      3              6
  Kickoff Return Yardage            51            173
Interception Return Yardage         46              0
Fumbles                              6              4
  Own Fumbles Recovered              4              0
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered         4              2
Penalties                           12              8
  Yards Penalized                   94             60
Total Points Scored                 27             10
Touchdowns                           3              1
  Rushing                            1              1
  Passing                            2              0
  Returns                            0              0
Extra Points                         3              1
Field Goals                          2              1
  Field Goals Attempted              5              1
Safeties                             0              0
Third-Down Efficiency             5/17           1/12
Fourth-Down Efficiency             1/1            2/3
Time of Possession               38:38          21:22

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Dallas                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Dorsett                 15        66      19     1
Newhouse                14        55      10     0
D. White                 1        13      13     0
P. Pearson               3        11       5     0
Staubach                 3         6       5     0
Laidlaw                  1         1       1     0
Johnson                  1        -9       9     0

Denver                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Lytle                   10        35      16     1
Armstrong                7        27      18     0
Weese                    3        26      10     0
Jensen                   1        16      16     0
Keyworth                 5         9       6     0
Perrin                   3         8       4     0


Passing
Dallas               Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Staubach             25      17     183     1     0
Newhouse              1       1      29     1     0
D. White              2       1       5     0     0

Denver               Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Morton               15       4      39     0     4
Weese                10       4      22     0     0


Receiving
Dallas                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
P. Pearson                5        37      11     0
DuPree                    4        66      19     0
Newhouse                  3        -1       5     0
Johnson                   2        53      45t    1
Richards                  2        38      29t    1
Dorsett                   2        11      15     0
D. Pearson                1        13      13     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Dolbin                    2        24      15     0
Odoms                     2         9      10     0
Moses                     1        21      21     0
Upchurch                  1         9       9     0
Jensen                    1         5       5     0
Perrin                    1        -7       7     0


Interceptions
Dallas                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Washington                1        27      27     0
Kyle                      1        19      19     0
Barnes                    1         0       0     0
Hughes                    1         0       0     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
None                     --        --      --    --


Punting
Dallas                   No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
D. White                  5        41.6    53     0

Denver                   No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Dilts                     4        38.3    46     0


Punt Returns
Dallas                  No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Hill                     1     1       0     0    0

Denver                  No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Upchurch                 3     1      22     8    0
Schultz                  1     0       0     0    0


Kickoff Returns
Dallas                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Johnson                   2        29      15     0
Brinson                   1        22      22     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Upchurch                  3        94      67     0
Schultz                   2        62      37     0
Jensen                    1        17      17     0

   

   Dallas Cowboys              Denver Broncos          
                ==  Offense  ==                     
Fitzgerald, John     C    Montler, Mike           C 
Rafferty, Tom        G    Glassic, Tom            G 
Scott, Herbert       G    Howard, Paul            G 
Donovan, Pat         T    Maurer, Andy            T 
Neely, Ralph         T    Minor, Claudie          T 
DuPree, Billy Joe    TE   Odoms, Riley            TE
Johnson, Butch       WR   Dolbin, Jack            WR
Pearson, Drew        WR   Moses, Haven            WR
Dorsett, Tony        RB   Armstrong, Otis         RB
Newhouse, Robert     RB   Keyworth, Jon           RB
Staubach, Roger      QB   Morton, Craig           QB

                ==  Defense  ==                      
Pugh, Jethro         DT   Carter, Rubin           NT 
White, Randy         DT   Alzado, Lyle            DE 
Jones, Too Tall      DE   Chavous, Barney         DE 
Martin, Harvey       DE   Jackson, Tom            OLB
Henderson, Tom       OLB  Swenson, Bob            OLB
Lewis, D. D.         OLB  Gradishar, Randy        ILB
Breunig, Bob         MLB  Rizzo, Joe              ILB
Barnes, Benny        CB   Foley, Steve            CB 
Kyle, Aaron          CB   Wright, Louis           CB 
Harris, Cliff        FS   Jackson, Bernard        FS 
Waters, Charlie      SS   Thompson, William       SS 

                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Brinson, Larry            Allison, Hank              
Brown, Guy                Dilts, Bucky               
Cole, Larry               Egloff, Ron                
Cooper, Jim               Evans, Larry               
Dennison, Doug            Grant, John                
Frederick, Andy           Hyde, Glenn                
Gregory, Bill             Jensen, Jim D.             
Hegman, Mike              Lytle, Rob                 
Herrera, Efren            Manor, Brison              
Hill, Tony                Maples, Bobby              
Hughes, Randy             Nairne, Rob                
Huther, Bruce             Perrin, Lonnie             
Laidlaw, Scott            Poltl, Randy               
Lawless, Burton           Rich, Randy                
Pearson, Preston          Schultz, John              
Renfro, Mel               Smith, Paul                
Richards, Golden          Turk, Godwin               
Stalls, Dave              Turner, Jim B.             
Washington, Mark          Upchurch, Rick             
White, Danny              Weese, Norris              
Wright, Rayfield           

         ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
                          Penrose, Craig

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