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September 19, 2012

Murray says Cowboys ran the ball OK against Seattle, all things considered

The Cowboys ran for 143 yards the first week and 49 yards the second week.

That’s a big difference stat-wise, but running back DeMarco Murray said the performance was fine overall at Seattle last week.

“I thought when we did run the ball, we ran it ok,” he said Wednesday at Valley Ranch. “There are definitely some times that it could have been a little bit better, from my standpoint, O-line’s standpoint. But off the limited opportunities we had, for the most part we did ok. But at the same time, we got down. We didn’t have many plays in the second half. We really couldn’t run the ball that much.”

Murray averaged 3.7 yards on 12 carries against Seattle. He averaged 6.6 on 20 against New York.

“We’ve just got to finish a few blocks better, definitely got to read the holes better from a running back standpoint,” he said. “We got down real early, so we really didn’t get to run it as much as we would like. That’s part of the game. We’ve just got to execute a little bit better.

Murray said the Seahawks were bent on stopping the run.

“They played a lot of single-high. eight in the box,” Murray said. “We knew that coming in. We had a great plan. Like I said, We didn’t have the ball a lot in the second half. That kind of detoured us, what we wanted to do. New week. Hopefully we’ll be able to run a little bit more this week.”

Murray and the Cowboys will have to get around his former Oklahoma teammate, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Murray said he looks like the player he remembers at OU.

“Same, same guy,” Murray said. “He’s a beast, just like he was in college. I’m excited to play him. He’s one of the best pass-rushing guys, best-tackling guys on the front line. So it’s going to be a challenge blocking that guy.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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