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December 16, 2012

Spot starters Albright, Poppinga step up ... and other Cowboys notes

Cowboys linebackers Alex Albright and Brady Poppinga made their first starts of the season, with Dallas opening with five linebackers on the field. Albright finished with five tackles. Poppinga had one.

Albright also had an apparent fumble recovery overturned on replay review during the first quarter.

Other notable nuggets from Sunday's 27-24 win over Pittsburgh:

-- DeMarco Murray’s turnover at the Steelers’ 8-yard line in the first quarter marked the first lost fumble of his NFL career _ a span of 289 carries.

-- Jason Witten’s 17-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his first of the season on a pass thrown by Tony Romo. His other TD reception came from Kyle Orton, against the Bears on Oct. 1.

-- Dallas scored first for only the fifth time in 14 games this season. The Cowboys are 3-2 when scoring first this season.

-- Cowboys DL Marcus Spears had a third-quarter sack, his second in the last three seasons.

-- The Cowboys opened the roof and doors for the sixth time this season. Dallas is 3-3 in those contests and 4-6 in stadium history with that setup.

-- Dan Bailey connected on his seventh game-winning field goal, tying him with Rafael Septien for the most in franchise history. Bailey, a second-year pro from Oklahoma State, has reached the milestone in less than two full seasons. Septien needed nine years to set the record.

_ Jimmy Burch


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Albright, Lissemore, Moore, Connor... et al... A bunch of renegade no names. Playing with fire and guts. Lissemore and Albright need to be encouraged and developed into starters. These two look likely customers to me. These types of no name players can turn this place into a real no nonsense FOOTBALL TEAM.

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