Dallas Cowboys 1962-The Prelude to Greatness

The subject team and year was 5-8-1. The Cowboys fired enough bullets to finish second in scoring.  No greatness until 1966 but three times Dallas scored over 40 points.

WEEK 5 AT PHILADELPHIA; the Cowboys won 41 to 19.

Eddie LeBaron and Don Meredith went 10 for 12 and two touchdowns.  Frank Clarke caught four passes for 118 yards two touchdowns.  Special teams touchdown-Amos Marsh returned a kickoff 101 yards.   Defensive touchdown-Mike Gaechter ran an interception 100 yards.  For Philadelphia, King Hill and Sonny Jurgensen completed 17 of 32 for 273 yards and two interceptions.  Scoring that many points meant Dallas could concentrate on the Eagles’ receivers.   Nevertheless, Tommy McDonald caught seven passes for 131 yards.

WEEK 6 AT PITTSBURGH; the Cowboys won 42 to 27.

Ed LeBaron completed nine of 15 passes for 158 yards and five touchdowns.  Lee Folkins and Frank Clarke each caught five passes for the following:

Folkins-123 yards and a touchdown.

Clarke-86 yards and three touchdowns

Don Bishop intercepted two passes for 157 yards in returns.

For Pittsburgh, Buddy Dial caught nine passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

WEEK 12 CLEVELAND AT HOME; the Cowboys won 45 to 21.

Eddie LeBaron and Don Meredith combined 16 of 20 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns.  Amos Marsh carried 17 times for 117 yards.  Don Perkins carried 22 times for 92 yards. The Cowboys defense held Jimmy Brown to an unbelievable 29 yards rushing.  The standout for the Browns was end Rick Kreitling catching seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. 


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