1960 Houston Oilers season

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1960 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Lou Rymkus
Home field Jeppesen Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place 1st AFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won AFL Championship (Chargers) (24–16)
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1961

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. It was also the inaugural American Football League season. It ended with a 24–16 victory in the AFL Championship over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Offseason[edit]

AFL Draft[edit]

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

  • Peter Arena, G, Northwestern
  • Dick Bass, HB, College of Pacific
  • William Bohler, E/T, St. Ambrose
  • Larry Cadwell, T, Louisville
  • Billy Cannon, HB, Louisiana State
  • Doug Cline, LB, Clemson
  • DeJustice Coleman, HB, Illinois
  • Bob Crandall, HB, New Mexico
  • Cleatus Drinnon, C, Hardin-Simmons
  • John Gremer, G, Illinois
  • George Herring, G/T, North Texas State
  • Steve Johnson, QB, Pepperdine
  • John Lands, E, Montana
  • Jacky Lee, QB, Cincinnati
  • Bruce Maher, HB, Detroit
  • Don Mattson, T, Southern California
  • Mike McGee G, Duke
  • Hugh McInnis, E, Mississippi State
  • Max Messner, T, Cincinnati
  • George Mulholland, E, New Mexico State
  • Gary O'Steen, HB, Alabama
  • Gene Prebola, E, Boston University
  • Palmer Pyle T, Michigan State
  • William Roach, T, Texas Christian
  • Robert Simms, E, Rutgers
  • Phillip Snowden, QB, Missouri
  • Don Underwood, G/T, McNeese State
  • Duane Whetstone, FB, George Washington
  • Bob White FB, Ohio State
  • Maury Youmans, T, Syracuse

Regular season[edit]

  • The Oilers scored an important victory over the NFL when they signed LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, All-America running back Billy Cannon. Cannon joined other Oiler offensive stars such as quarterback George Blanda.

Standings[edit]

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[edit]

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

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

Houston Oilers 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[edit]

AFL Championship Game[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

Sporting News American Football League All-League Team – 1960[edit]

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 other All-Stars to form two squads, Eastern and Western, to play in the All-Star Game. The exception was 1965, in which the League Champion Buffalo Bills played against a team of All-Stars from the rest of the League.

Offense[edit]

Player AFL Team Position AFL Division
Bill Groman Houston Oilers End Eastern
Dave Smith Houston Oilers Fullback Eastern

References[edit]