This Week in Cowboys History: August 29th – September 4th


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August 29, 1981:  The Cowboys defeat the Oilers 28-20 in preseason action to once again win The Governor’s Cup, a preseason tradition started in the 1960’s. Back then, the Cowboys (NFL) and Oilers (AFL) played in different leagues. In 1965, both teams had a disagreement over the services of a player, offensive tackle Ralph Neely of Oklahoma, who had been drafted by the AFL Oilers as well as the NFL Colts. The Colts traded his rights to the Cowboys. Neely had already accepted the Oilers’ contract offer, but upon learning his NFL rights had been traded to the Cowboys, he returned his checks to the Oilers and negotiated with the Cowboys. The Oilers sued the Cowboys, and as part of the legal settlement, the Cowboys had to send three draft picks to the Oilers. They also agreed to a 5-game preseason series between the two in-state rivals.  Those games evolved into The Governor’s Cup.

August 30, 1963: In their one and only preseason appearance in Bakersfield, California, the Cowboys defeat the 49ers 37-24. A crowd of only 9,927 turned out to watch the game.

August 30, 2014: In college football action at the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium, Florida State defeats Oklahoma State 37-31.

Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen Joe Looney (73) and Chaz Green (79) head out of the tunnel during an NFL preseason game game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Ca. The Rams won the game, 28-24. (Greg Trott via AP)

(Greg Trott via AP)

August 31, 1990: Cowboys offensive lineman Joe Looney was born in Lake Worth, Florida.

August 31, 2013: The Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium showcased LSU & TCU. The Tigers beat the Horned Frogs, 37-27.

September 1, 1961: In Norman, Oklahoma, the Cowboys play a preseason game against the Baltimore Colts. The Cowboys win 35-24.


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September 2, 1967: For the first time in history, the Cowboys play the AFL Houston Oilers as part of an in-state Governor’s Cup preseason series. The Cowboys won 30-17.

September 3, 1984: On Monday Night Football, the Cowboys win the regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams at Anaheim Stadium. In the victory, Cowboys tight end Doug Cosbie caught a 19 yard touchdown pass from Gary Hogeboom, Tony Dorsett scored on a 7 yard touchdown run, and Rafael Septien kicked three field goals.

September 4, 1960: The expansion Dallas Cowboys lose a preseason contest to the Rams, 49-14, in a game played in Pendleton, Oregon.

September 4, 1978: Roger Staubach throws touchdown passes to Tony Dorsett, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson and Jay Saldi in the Cowboys’ season opening smashing of the Baltimore Colts 38-0 in a Monday Night Football game at Texas Stadium. Doug Dennison got the onslaught started in the 1st quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Cliff Harris and Aaron Kyle each recorded interceptions in the victory.