(Sunday, October 11th)
Final Score: Dallas 26, Kansas City 20 (OT)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Miles Austin had career day in his first NFL start, catching 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning, 60-yard TD catch in overtime, as the Dallas Cowboys outlasted the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, 26-20, in Week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Miles, who was filling in for an injured Roy Williams (rib), hauled in a pass from Tony Romo at about the 50-yard-line and broke a tackle before sprinting down the right sideline and into the end zone with 8:22 left in OT for the thrilling victory.
The 250 receiving yards by Austin broke a franchise single-game record. Hall of Fame wide receiver Bob Hayes had the previous record with 246 yards receiving on November 13, 1966.
"Miles is a guy who was in Dallas when I was and he was acquired, and I've got to take my hat off to him. He's been working, trying to find his way. He made a couple of huge plays, probably the biggest of his career. We've got to cover better and we've got to tackle better. Period," Chiefs rookie head coach Todd Haley said of Austin.
Romo completed 20-of-34 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns for Dallas (3-2), which bounced back from a 17-10 loss to the Broncos last week. Tashard Choice rushed for 92 yards and a score on eight carries for the victors.
"I'm really proud of the guys to keep battling out there. I don't know what it's going to look like or how many penalties we had, but I don't if there's ever been a team to overcome the things we had to overcome in one single game," Romo said.
Matt Cassel connected on 23-of-41 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs (0-5), who have lost 28 of their last 30 games. Dwayne Bowe had five catches for 74 yards and a score in defeat.
"We battled throughout the course of the day and we put ourselves in a position against a very good football team, the Dallas Cowboys, to win. That's what we're looking for. In the prior games that we've had, we hadn't been in a game late and that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to show everybody that we can be in these games, especially against good football teams," Cassel said.
With the score tied at 13-13 early in the fourth, the Chiefs went marching down the field and into Dallas territory to set up a field goal. But Ryan Succop's 53-yard attempt was blocked by Jay Ratliff.
Dallas took over and on a 3rd-and-5 from its own 41, Romo hit Austin with a pass at about the 50-yard-line. Austin broke a tackle before sprinting into the end zone for a 20-13 lead with 2:16 remaining.
The Kansas City offense, which showed little signs of life all game, came up huge during its final drive of regulation with a 10-play, 74-yard march. Facing a 4th-and-7 at the Cowboys 16, Cassel connected with Bowe in the middle of the end zone to deadlock the tilt with just 24 ticks remaining.
The Dallas defense forced two KC punts in OT before the Cowboys offense scored on their second possession of the extra session for the come-from-behind win.
Down 13-3, the Cowboys put together a long scoring drive near the end of the third. Faced with a 3rd-and-1 at the KC 45, Romo hit Patrick Crayton with a nine-yard pass for a fresh set of downs. On the next play, Choice found a gap on the left side of the line and scampered 36 yards into the end zone to cap a 72-yard drive that lasted over 4 1/2 minutes. The play was reviewed to see if Choice stepped out before crossing the goal line, but the TD was upheld for a 13-10 game with 1:55 to go.
After Kansas City sputtered on offense, Dallas took over on its own 24 following a punt. On the third play of the drive, Romo connected with Austin on a 34-yard pass play to get Dallas to the KC 26. The Cowboys, though, were forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Nick Folk that tied the tilt at 13-13 with 11:10 left in the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter, which saw Folk miss a 40-yard field goal, the Chiefs got on the board early in the second thanks to a fumble by Dallas at the end of the initial period. Crayton muffed the catch on a punt and Kansas City's Maurice Leggett quickly jumped on the ball at the Dallas 23.
Kansas City couldn't do much with the ball, but was able to settle for a 47- yard Succop field goal for a 3-0 edge. On the ensuing Cowboys possession, Romo fumbled the snap on the second play and Mike Brown recovered for the Chiefs at the Dallas 16.
This time, KC was able to capitalize on the turnover with a touchdown. On a 3rd-and-goal from the one-yard-line, Cassel threw a play-action pass to Mike Vrabel in the end zone for a 10-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining until half.
Dallas put together an 11-play, 83-yard scoring drive near the end of the half to cut the deficit to 10-3 heading into the locker room. Austin's 37-yard reception highlighted the march, which Folk capped off with a 22-yard field goal with 1:49 left.
The Chiefs took advantage of a short field on their second possession of the third frame. Kansas City took over at its own 44 after a punt from Dallas. The Chiefs used three defensive offsides penalties to set up a 1st-and-5 at the Cowboys 22. However, KC had to settle for a 38-yarder from Succop for a 13-3 margin with 6:30 to go in the third.
KC running back Larry Johnson had 37 yards on 21 carries. He surpassed Priest Holmes (1,321) for the most rushing attempts in Chiefs history on a one-yard run in the first quarter. Johnson has rushed the ball 1,336 times in a Chiefs uniform...Vrabel now owns 11 career receptions (regular and postseason), all of which have gone for TDs...The Chiefs have yet to win under Haley...KC's last win was against Oakland on November 30, 2008...The Cowboys were also without running back Felix Jones (knee) on Sunday...Dallas has a bye week next week before hosting Atlanta on October 25. The Chiefs travel to Washington next Sunday.
10/11 18:41:28 ET
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