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Robert Newhouse, Rusher Whose Pass Secured Title, Dies at 64.
Newhouse played 12 NFL seasons, all for the Cowboys under Tom Landry. Selected by Dallas in the second round of the 1972 draft out of the University of Houston, he soon became essential for the Cowboys, playing mostly as a fullback expected to grind out three or four yards. He was quick and strong, propelled by thighs once measured at 44 inches around. …
He may be most remembered for a spectacular play that would not be expected of a fullback. In the 1978 Super Bowl, Dallas was leading Denver, 20-10, with seven minutes remaining when it recovered a fumble in Denver territory. Landry, sensing his opponent was rattled, called a trick play: brown right, X-opposite shift, toss 38, halfback lead, fullback pass to Y. Newhouse was nervous in the huddle.
“I was worried because I had all this stickum on my hands,” Newhouse said later, referring to the sticky substance that was often used to help players catch the ball but is now banned. “So Preston Pearson handed me this rag, and I was in there” — the huddle — “scrubbing it all. They’d seen us run the play right but not to the left and so didn’t recognize it in time.”
When the ball was snapped, Newhouse took a pitch from quarterback Roger Staubach and began moving to the left, as if he would try to run up the sideline. Instead he stopped suddenly, turning and throwing back to his right. Wide receiver Golden Richards caught the ball for a 29-yard score that secured the Cowboys’ 27-10 win, their second Super Bowl victory.
Newhouse’s pass play, Landry said later, “won it for us.”