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November 24, 2011

Murray finishes strong

DeMarco Murray may not have had another 100-yard game, but what he did in the final three minutes earned even more respect from his teammates.

After back-to-back catches by Jason Witten moved the ball the Dolphins 35-yard line, Murray got the ball five consecutive times and picked up a pair of critical first downs to move the Cowboys in position for a short field goal.

“That right there, to me, is more meaningful than the 150 yards he’s had in previous weeks because things are tough running there,” tight end Jason Witten said, noting how the Dolphins were stacking eight and nine men in the box. “He understands what he’s got to do there: stay in bounds, keep the clock running, get the hard yards. It’s a sign of a really good back.”

Murray passed the credit to the offensive line, which struggled much of the day with penalties but came through in the end.

“It was a tough defensive line,” he said. “They definitely gave us all we could handle, but we definitely finished.”

— Lori Dann

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