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September 23, 2012

Lee says early TD in "sudden-change" situation motivated Cowboys defense the rest of the game

Linebacker Sean Lee said it wasn’t easy to brush off the one touchdown the Buccaneers scored off a sudden-change situation Sunday.

“That touchdown, we were frustrated with it today, but I think it motivated us for later in the game,” he said. “We were able to finish later in the game. They came out and they scored right away. We were frustrated by that. And we came right back.”

The Cowboys faced two sudden-change situations – points in the game where a turnover has left them with a short field to defend.

The first time, they gave up a touchdown on a 29-yard drive.

The next time, after a sack and fumble recovery at the Cowboys’ 31-yard line, the defense allowed no points.

In four sudden-change situations this year, the defense has allowed two field goals and a touchdown and forced a punt.

“Our attitude is, we don’t worry about the situation,” Lee said. “We worry about what we’re going to do to do our job. Run to the football and then move on to the next play.”

Cornerback/safety Brandon Carr said that’s the best approach for the defense in those situations.

“When it’s time for the defense to come up, we’re up,” he said. “We don’t ask questions about how we’re back out. We’re just back out there, and it’s time for us to go eat.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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