1960 Houston Oilers season

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1960 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Lou Rymkus
General manager Don Suman
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Jeppesen Stadium
Local radio KXYZ
Results
Record 10-4
Division place 1st AFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won AFL Championship
(Los Angeles Chargers, 24–16)

The 1960 Houston Oilers season was the team's inaugural season. Head Coach Lou Rymkus led the Oilers to the AFL Eastern Division title, with a 10–4 record.[1] It was also the first American Football League season. It ended with a 24–16 victory in the AFL championship game at home over the Los Angeles Chargers (10–4).[2]

Offseason

AFL draft

In the 1960 AFL draft, the Houston Oilers selected the following players.

Regular season

Standings

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Houston Oilers 10 4 0 .714 5–1 379 285 W2
New York Titans 7 7 0 .500 2–4 382 399 L1
Buffalo Bills 5 8 1 .385 3–3 296 303 L2
Boston Patriots 5 9 0 .357 2–4 286 349 L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Record Venue
1 September 11, 1960 at Oakland Raiders W 37–22
12,703
1–0 Kezar Stadium
2 September 18, 1960 Los Angeles Chargers W 38–28
20,156
2–0 Jeppesen Stadium
3 September 25, 1960 Oakland Raiders L 13–14
16,421
2–1 Jeppesen Stadium
4 Bye
5 October 9, 1960 New York Titans W 27–21
16,151
3–1 Jeppesen Stadium
6 October 16, 1960 Dallas Texans W 20–10
19,026
4–1 Jeppesen Stadium
7 October 23, 1960 at New York Titans W 42–28
21,000
5–1 Polo Grounds
8 October 30, 1960 at Buffalo Bills L 24–25
23,001
5–2 War Memorial Stadium
9 November 6, 1960 at Denver Broncos W 45–25
14,489
6–2 Bears Stadium
10 November 13, 1960 at Los Angeles Chargers L 21–24
21,805
6–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
11 November 20, 1960 Denver Broncos W 20–10
20,778
7–3 Jeppesen Stadium
12 November 25, 1960 at Boston Patriots W 24–10
27,123
8–3 Nickerson Field
13 December 4, 1960 at Dallas Texans L 0–24
20,000
8–4 Cotton Bowl
14 December 11, 1960 Buffalo Bills W 31–23
25,247
9–4 Jeppesen Stadium
15 December 18, 1960 Boston Patriots W 37–21
22,352
10–4 Jeppesen Stadium

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders

Box Score
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Houston 7 0 13 17 37
Oakland 0 7 7 8 22

Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Box Score
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Houston 14 7 17 0 38
Los Angeles 7 7 0 14 28

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders

Box Score
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Houston 0 10 3 0 13
Oakland 7 0 0 7 14

Notable Stats

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's
George Blanda (HOU) 169 363 46.6 2413 24 22

Roster

1960 Houston Oilers inaugural roster
Quarterbacks

16 George Blanda
15 Jacky Lee
Running backs
47 Don Brown
20 Billy Cannon
32 Dave Smith FB
33 Bob White FB
44 Charley Tolar FB

Wide receivers
82 John Carson
89 Bill Groman
37 Charley Hennigan
88 Al Witcher

Tight ends
86 John White
80 James Yeats

Offensive Linemen

65 Gary Greaves T
70 Al Jamison T
77 Rich Michael T
51 John Simerson T
60 Jim McCaneless G
61 Bob Talamini G
64 Fred Wallner G
63 Hogan Wharton G
57 George Belotti C

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Postseason

AFL Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 6 3 7 0 16
Oilers 0 10 7 7 24

Houston Oilers 24, Los Angeles Chargers 16

January 1, 1961, at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 32,183

Scoring

  • LA – Field goal Ben Agajanian 38 LA 3–0
  • LA – Field goal Agajanian 22 LA 6–0
  • HOU – Smith 17 pass from George Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 7–6
  • HOU – Field goal Blanda 18 HOU 10–6
  • LA – Field goal Agajanian 27 HOU 10–9
  • HOU – Bill Groman 7 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 17–9
  • LA – Paul Lowe 2 run (Agajanian kick) HOU 17–16
  • HOU – Billy Cannon 88 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 24–16

Awards

Sporting News American Football League All-League Team – 1960

The American Football League did not have an All-Star game after its first season in 1960, but an All-League team, selected by vote of the AFL players themselves, was published by the Sporting News. In later years, the All-League players were augmented by

References

  1. ^ "Houston, Los Angeles play for AFL title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 1, 1961. p. 2, section 2.
  2. ^ "Blanda paces Oilers to AFL title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 2, 1961. p. 44.
  • Oilers on Pro Football Reference
  • Oilers on jt-sw.com
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