A 300 yard game is one of the many ways a quarterback is judged. For a quarterback to pass the 300 yard mark in a game, they have to be having a fair amount of success. This is something that the better quarterbacks in the league do regularly. It is also something that rookie quarterbacks don’t always find so easy to do.
In most seasons, the Dallas Cowboys seem to have one of the better defenses. They also seem to usually be one of the better teams in the league. Through the 2009 season, there have only been two opposing rookie quarterbacks to ever throw for 300 yards or more against the Cowboys in a game.
The first time this happened was way back on October 22nd, 1967. The Dallas Cowboys had beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21 in the 6th week of the season, but Pittsburgh’s quarterback had become the first rookie quarterback to ever throw for more than 300 yards in a game against them. That day, 23 year old Kent Nix completed 28 passes of the 45 he attempted, for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
Nearly 20 years later to the day, on October 11th, 1987, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback would go over the 300 yard mark against Dallas too. In a game that the Cowboys would win 41-22, Scott Tinsley completed 24 of 34 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. That worked out to a quarterback rating of 131.7 for the game. Not bad for a rookie quarterback, but he probably still would have preferred the victory.
Kent Nix and Scott Tinsley, not your household name quarterbacks, but both were able to do something that no one else has in 50 years of football.