What was the average combined score per game back then? Would be curious to compare...
Jim Kiick also had over 500 yards that season. As a team, they were 40 yards short of 3000 rushing yards that season, pretty damn impressive for 14 games. I think the pats hold the all time record, 16 game season in '78.
My dad got season tickets for the family beginning in 1972. One of the few downers of that season was the second half of the Colts game, the season finale in the Orange Bowl. Everybody knew that Morris was closing in on 1000 yards, and that no team had managed two backs to do it within the same season.
We kept feeding Morris the ball in the 4th quarter, mostly on sweeps. Baltimore had an awful season but they maintained some talent and pride. They got penetration and stopped one sweep after another. There were portable radios all over the stadium in those days. You could hear Rick Weaver becoming increasingly concerned as it looked doubtful Morris would get there.
When the game ended, despite completing an unbeaten regular season, it was very quiet and subdued filing out of the Orange Bowl. Felt like failure, and a bit of shock. Our offensive line had been dominant all season until the second half of that Colts game.
A few days later the NFL announced that they found the missing 9 yards for Morris, elevating to exactly 1000. The sports media launched into widespread ridicule, and it carried over to the mainstream talk shows. People were discovering the missing everything. There was one wag comment after another. If a back gained 383 yards that season, people were finding the additional 617.
It was actually legitimate. I remember the play in question, against the Bills. Morrall threw a swing pass to the left that was headed forward but swatted by a defensive lineman. He hit it so quickly after it left Morrall's hand that it was immediately ruled a lateral. Morris sharply retreated and fell on the ball. He was credited with a 9 yard loss on a rush. There was booing and abuse in the Orange Bowl when fans realized the play had improperly been ruled a lateral. We never threw laterals on plays like that. Only when the NFL finally reviewed the tape months later was it correctly changed to an incomplete pass, and Morris' 9 yard loss eliminated.
I believe the NFL has turned into a passing league because of the lack of being able to build depth on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins had a number 1 offense and number ranked defense.
I had totally forgotten that a QB rushed for 1,000 yards.
In 1973 - The Dolphins Larry Csonka rushed for 1003 and Morris rushed for 954 yards and they won the Super Bowl a 2nd time, the last time we would win it to date.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins team actually went 18-0 and did something no future perfect season champion could ever do. (the forgotten game) grant it, it was played in 1973, but so was the Super Bowl. From this game, the College All-stars were coach by John Mckay, who of course went on to become the Bucs first Head coach.
CHICAGO, July 27 (AP)-The bristling College All-Stars, rated 17-point underdogs, carried the game to the World Champion Miami Dolphins but yielded two touchdowns to crashing fullback Larry Csonka and bowed 14-3 in the 40th All-Star Football Game Friday night.
Before going down for the collegians' 10th straight defeat on rain-drenched Soldier Field, the All-Stars missed a touchdown by six inches and outplayed the National Football League champion Dolphins between Csonka's touchdown smashes leading off the first and fourth quarters.
The punting of Southern Mississippi's Ray Guy and the sharp quarterbacking of Bert Jones of Louisiana State thrilled a capacity throng of 54,103, which was thoroughly drenched by a torrential downpour at halftime of the nationally televised game.
Guy provided the All-Stars' only points with a 10-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first half when the best All-Star thrust of the game stalled after reaching the Dolphin six-inch line.
It took a fourth-quarter rally on the passing of 39-year-old Earl Morrall, in relief of Bob Griese. to wrap up the Dolphins' hard-earned victory with Csonka's seven-yard scoring smash after 3:57 of the fourth period.
Csonka, who bulled three yards for the first Miami touchdown to cap a 60-yard drive in the opening quarter, got his second touchdown after Morall whipped a pair of decisive passes to Jim Mandich.
In a drive starting from the Miami 46, Morrall flipped a 24-yard pass to Mandich carrying to the All-Star 20 and then hit Mandich on an 11-yarder reaching the seven.
On the next play, Csonka crashed around the right All-Star flank for a touchdown. The All-Star defense played brilliantly against the outweighed Dolphins, who were undefeated in 17 NFL games in a perfect 1972 season.
But it was rugged Dolphin lineman Bill Stanfill who met Purdue's Otis Armstrong head on at the goal line to kill the best All-Star scoring chance late in the second period.
A penalty set the All-Stars back to the Miami five and three plays later, Guy drilled his field goal from the 10 to cut Miami's lead to 7-3 at halftime.
Guy, who averaged a sizzling 44.1 yards on his nine punts, missed a 16-yard field goal late in the third quarter after another All-Star touchdown chance faded following recovery of a Dolphin fumble on the Miami nine.
A Griese bobble on a center snap was recovered by Florida State's Jim Thomas, but the All-Stars still wound up on the Dolphin nine and Guy's field goal try went wide to the right.
After that, it was downhill for the All-Stars as Morrall took over from Griese. The Dolphins' first line quarterback had hit on six of nine passes for 75 yards compared with nine for 16 and 79 yards by All-Star Jones.
Jones had a potential touchdown pass dropped by Florida State's Barry Smith at the start of the fourth quarter. On the next exchange, Morrall directed the Dolphins' 54-yard drive for the insurance touchdown.
Armstrong led the All-Star rushers with 39 yards on 11 carries, slamming 16 yards on three successive carries from Miami 17 to the Dolphin one. It was on his fourth straight whack into the middle that Stanfill stopped him six inches shy of the goal line.
The Dolphin victory swelled the one-sided pro edge in the series to 29-9-2. The All-Stars' last victory was a 1963 shading of the Green Bay Packers, 20-17.
Late in the first quarter, an All-Star drive from their 42 to the Dolphin 13 ended when Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt fumbled and Miami's Manny Fernandez recovered on the Dolphin 18.
The 1972 Phins had the #1 rated offense and defense....total dominance.
1. Eric Kendricks, MLB, UCLA
2. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
4. Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart
5. Tre McBride, WR, William and Mary
5. Kurtis Drummond, FS, Mich State
6. Marcus Hardison, DE/DT, Arizona State
1000 yard rushing seasons were more impressive in the 14-game era (obviously). It was an incredible feat at that time. It wa salso a great feat in 1985 because most teams had one feature back at that time that got most of teh carries. That said, I am not impressed with any passing records broken in the past 10 years or so because the game is basically flag football in pads. Receivers and quarterbacks are so well protected by the rules that they should be able to reach 275+ passing yards with relative ease...which brings my concern about Tannehill routinely finishing with sub 250 passing yards (his TD to int ration is getting better).