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October 23, 2011

Cowboys' notes

Here are some notes compiled by the Cowboys' public relations staff after the team's 34-7 victory over the Rams:

Dallas’ 34 points today was the most since scoring 38 in the overtime win at Indianapolis (12/5/10) and the most in a non-overtime game since 35 against Detroit (11/21/10).

Dan Bailey’s two field goals today upped his streak of consecutive field goals made to 16 to tie Nick Folk (16) for the fourth-longest streak and second-longest by a rookie in club history:

         Player                        FGM         Season

        Chris Boniol                 27            1996

        Chris Boniol                 26            1995

        Richie Cunningham*   18            1997

        Nick Folk                      16            2008-09

        Dan Bailey*                 16            2011

        Lin Elliott                     13            1992

                        *indicates rookie


Bailey was also true on his first career 50-plus yard attempt when he split the uprights on a career-long 51-yarder in the third quarter.

DeMarco Murray established a club record rushing for 253 yards. He topped Emmitt Smith’s 237 yards set at Philadelphia (10/31/93).

        Player                           Yds    Opp     Date

        DeMarco Murray          253     STL      10/23/11

        Tony Dorsett                  206     PHI      12/4/77

        Julius Jones                  198     @Sea  12/6/04

        Calvin Hill                     150     @Was  11/16/69

        Julius Jones                  150     CHI      11/25/04

On the way to 253, Murray scored his first career touchdown on a 91-yard first quarter run. His 91-yard run was the second-longest rush in franchise history behind Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder at Minnesota (1/3/83). It was the longest rush by a Cowboy since Troy Hambrick went 80 yards against Philadelphia (9/30/01).

Murray’s 253 yards was the 10th most in a game in league history:

        Player (Team)               Yds    Opp     Date

        Adrian Peterson (Min)   296     SD       11/4/07

        Jamal Lewis (Bal)          295     CLE     9/14/03

        Jerome Harrison (Cle)    286     @KC    12/20/09

        Corey Dillon (Cin)          278     DEN     10/22/00

        Walter Payton (Chi)       275     MIN      11/20/77

        O.J. Simpson (Buf)        273     @Det   11/25/76

        Shaun Alexander (Sea) 266     OAK     11/11/01

        Jamaal Charles (KC)     259     @Den  1/3/10

        DeMarco Murray (Dal)  253     STL      10/23/11

Murray’s 253 yards was the second-most by a rookie in league history:

        Player (Team)               Yds    Opp     Date

        Adrian Peterson (Min)   296     SD       11/4/07

        DeMarco Murray (Dal)  253     STL      10/23/11

        Mike Anderson (Den)     251     @NO    12/3/00

        Corey Dillon (Cin)          246     TEN     12/4/97

        Clinton Portis (Den)       228     ARI      12/29/02

Murray’s 91-yard touchdown rush also goes down as the second-longest touchdown run on a player’s first career rushing touchdown in NFL history and the longest since the 1970 merger:

        Player (Team)                    Length    Opp        Date

        Bob Hoernschemeyer (Det)   96        NYK        11/23/50

        DeMarco Murray (Dal)         91        STL         10/23/11*

        Hugh McElhenny (SF)          89        @DST     10/5/52

        Kenny King (Oak)                  89        SD          10/12/80

        Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG)       88        @Buf      12/23/07

        Jack Larscheid (Oak)             87        BPA        10/16/60

        Keith Lincoln (SD)                86        @Oak      9/30/62   

        Joey Galloway (Sea)             86        @Jac      11/12/95

        Reggie Brooks (Was)             85        @Phi      9/19/93

                     *Longest since the merger in 1970

Murray was the first Cowboys rookie to top 100 yards in a game since Marion Barber rushed for 127 yards against Arizona (10/30/05).

Murray rushed 25 times today, the most rushing attempts by a Cowboys since Marion Barber rushed 25 times against Tampa Bay(10/26/08).

Murray averaged 10.1 yards-per-carry, the highest rushing average with 20-or-more attempts in club history.

        Player                       Avg     Carries    Opp       Date

        DeMarco Murray      10.12      25         STL       10/23/11

        Tony Dorsett             8.96        23         @Phi     12/4/77

        Emmitt Smith           7.91        23         @Pho    9/22/91

        Emmitt Smith           7.90        30         @Phi     10/31/93

        Emmitt Smith           7.76        21         @NYG   9/4/95

Phillip Tanner recorded his first career rushing stats today, rushing six times for 34 yards (5.7 avg.) with a touchdown.

DeMarcus Ware notched his eighth sack of the season on a fourth quarter takedown of Jay Feeley. It was Ware’s eighth sack of the season to tie Tony Tolbert (1996) for the most sacks by a Cowboy through the first six games of a season since sacks became official in 1982.

Jason Witten finished the gamewith 35 receiving yards to up his career total to 7,416 and pass Pete Retzlaff (7,412) for fifth on the NFL’s all time tight ends receiving yards chart.

Witten’s touchdown catch today was the 39th of his career to give him sole possession of seventh in club history. It was also his third straight game with a touchdown reception tying the second-longest streak of his career (9/23/07-10/8/07). The longest came to close out the 2010 season when he caught a scoring pass in each of the last five games.




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