NFL Game Summary - St. Louis at Dallas|
(Sunday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Dallas 34, St. Louis 7
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Filling in for an injured Felix Jones,
DeMarco Murray erupted for a franchise-best 253 yards rushing as Dallas
dispatched St. Louis, 34-7, at Cowboys Stadium.
Murray eclipsed the old single-game mark of 237, set by Emmitt Smith on a
rainy October 31, 1993 in Philadelphia. He also set a new rookie record for
yards on the ground in one contest, snapping Tony Dorsett's previously-held
record of 206 yards, accomplished on December 4, 1977 -- also in Philly.
In addition, his 91-yard first-quarter touchdown run was the second longest in
team annals, next to Dorsett's memorable 99-yard scoring dash at Minnesota on
January 3, 1983.
"I think he played awfully well," deadpanned Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett
of Murray's performance. "He's a runner, and the more he gets the ball, he
gets into more of a rhythm. We saw some good things in camp, but he was just
behind. He didn't really play until the last preseason game. So now we're
seeing things that were there a little bit from last week. The offensive line
played well, no question, and it helped him a ton."
It took the pressure off Tony Romo, who threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns
on just 14-of-24 completions for the Cowboys (3-3), whose season-high in
points helped snap a two-game skid.
Subbing for injured starter Sam Bradford, A.J. Feeley finished 20-of-33 for
196 yards and an interception for the Rams (0-6), who have dropped nine of
their last 10 dating back to last December.
Steven Jackson posted 70 yards -- including his team's lone score -- on 18
carries. Brandon Lloyd clocked in with 74 yards on six catches in defeat.
"I'm very frustrated," said Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo. "I thought we had
made some gains last week. When we're down as many players as we are then lose
some more, it's very, very difficult to overcome it. But nobody's feeling
sorry for us, so we have to get back to work."
Murray's record-setting day got going on the Cowboys' fourth play from
scrimmage. Facing a 1st-and-19 from the nine after a holding penalty, the
Oklahoma product broke loose up the middle and outran his pursuers for a 7-0
Late in the first, Abram Elam recovered a Cadillac Williams fumble, a play
which was upheld by review. On the following drive which spilled over into the
second period, Romo hit Jason Witten in the back of the end zone on a one-yard
strike to make it 14-0.
On the ensuing series, Jackson's 40-yard run to the Dallas six on a 3rd-and-3
set up his own TD run on the next play, and the Rams cut into their deficit
with 7:58 remaining in the half.
Feeley was later picked off by Mike Jenkins at the Rams' 30, and after Dallas
moved just 18 yards in eight plays, Dan Bailey hit a 30-yarder for a 17-7 game
Bailey connected from a career-long 51 yards away late in the third quarter,
and Phillip Tanner posted his first career TD run, a six-yard scamper early in
Dez Bryant put the capper on the rout thanks a 20-yard TD reception with 4:07
One final St. Louis drive was halted when Jackson was stuffed for a five-yard
loss on 4th-and-goal from the one inside the final two minutes.
Herschel Walker's 84-yard TD scamper on December 14, 1986 against the Eagles
and a Dorsett 84-yarder in that 1977 tilt had been tied for the second-longest
in franchise history until Sunday...Bryant ended with 90 yards on five
catches...Rams offensive lineman Jason Smith left the game with an apparent
head/neck injury late in the first quarter, and defensive tackle Darell Scott
also left with a head injury in the second half...Dallas travels to
Philadelphia next Sunday night, while the Rams look to prevent an 0-7 start
for the second time in three years by hosting New Orleans next Sunday
10/23 21:11:35 ET