Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune |
  • Home
National Football League

             === Murray, Romo spark Cowboys' victory over Rams ===
 Arlington,  TX (Sports  Network) - DeMarco Murray exploded for 175 yards and a
 touchdown  on  26 carries, while  Tony Romo threw  for three scores, as Dallas
 pounded St. Louis, 31-7, in Week 3 action.
 "When  you  get a runner like  that going, you  can feed on him," Cowboys head
 coach  Jason  Garrett  said.  "He  gets a  little  contagious  for  everybody.
 Everybody starts feeling it."
 Romo  finished at 17-of-24 efficiency for 210 yards for the Cowboys (2-1), who
 bounced back from a one-point loss in Kansas City last week.
 Dez  Bryant,  Gavin Escobar and Dwayne  Harris all posted a receiving TD, with
 Jason Witten leading the pack with 67 yards on five catches.
 Sam  Bradford ended up  with 240 yards passing and a score to Austin Pettis on
 29-of-48 completions for the Rams (1-2), who have dropped two in a row.
 "In the first half, we just never got anything going, played behind the chains
 all day," Bradford said. "Just a very poor performance on our part today."
 Bryant  capped Dallas'  second drive of the  contest with a diving grab in the
 back left corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.
 After  holding  St. Louis to  a three-and-out,  Murray's 36-yard dash down the
 right  side to the Rams' 23-yard line on first down helped set up Dan Bailey's
 19-yard make for a 10-0 lead late in the opening quarter.
 It  was 17-0 for the hosts after replay upheld Murray's 2-yard run to the near
 pylon  on the left side. The score ended a 67-yard, 10-play series which began
 at the outset of the second period.
 "I  don't know that there was anything that stood out to me, other than it was
 just  the same commitment  and drive and work ethic he's shown all year in the
 offseason and the first two games," Romo said in praise of his running back.
 Murray  broke free for  a 41-yard run on the second play of the Cowboys' first
 series  of the second  half. It brought Dallas to the Rams' 33, and four plays
 later,  a 24-yard Romo-to-Escobar connection made it a 24-point spread for the
 St.  Louis managed  to  reach  field-goal territory  on  the next  possession.
 Bradford's  pass  over the middle on  4th-and-5 was picked off by J.J. Wilcox,
 but  his return --  which would have given the Cowboys possession on their own
 30  -- was nullified  by a roughing-the-passer call. The Rams took over on the
 Dallas 15, and Pettis later hauled in a 4-yard TD pass on a slant pattern.
 Bradford's  incompletion  on a 4th-and-4  from his own  45 early in the fourth
 gave  the ball  back to the hosts, who  needed only three plays to take a 31-7
 lead after Romo threaded the needle to Harris for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
 "We  didn't run, we didn't stop the run, we didn't throw, we didn't stop their
 passing game," Rams coach Jeff Fisher lamented. "I did not see this coming."
                                   Game Notes
 Dallas  improved  to 4-2 vs.  the Rams since the  franchise's 1995 move to St.
 Louis  ... Cowboys  DE DeMarcus Ware recorded  a pair of sacks, giving him 114
 for  his career and eclipsing the previous Dallas record held by Harvey Martin
 ... Bryant finished with 38 yards on four receptions and Murray added 28 yards
 on three grabs ... St. Louis was held to 232 yards of total offense, including
 just 18 total in the first half ... Cowboys wideout Miles Austin left the game
 with a hamstring issue and didn't return.
 09/22 20:01:34 ET

Part of the Tribune family of products