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December 22, 2013

Cowboys notes: First time since 1997 the team has a 1,000-yard RB, 1,000-yard WR and a 3,000-yard QB

Here are the notes compiled by the Cowboys PR staff after the 24-23 victory:

With DeMarco Murray reaching 1,000 yards for the season today, along with Dez Bryant’s 1,000-plus receiving yards and Tony Romo’s 3,000-plus passing yards, 2013 marks the first season in which Dallas boasts a 1,000-yard rusher, 1,000-yard receiver and 3,000-yard passer since 1997 (Emmitt Smith, 1,074; Michael Irvin, 1,180 and Troy Aikman, 3,283) and the eighth time in the history of the organization – 1979, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997.

Dan Bailey converted three PATs today to give him 46 PATs this season, tying the 10th-most (Rafael Septien-1978 and Chris Boniol-1994) in a season in team history.

Dez Bryant finished today’s game four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he has 1,134 yards – 14th in a season in franchise history:

Single-Season Receiving Yards (Cowboys)

Rnk     Player               Yards       Season

   1.   Michael Irvin....... 1,603         1995

   2.   Michael Irvin....... 1,523         1991

   3.   Michael Irvin....... 1,396         1992

   4.   Dez Bryant......... 1,382         2012

   5.   Terrell Owens... 1,355         2007

   6.   Michael Irvin....... 1,330         1993

   7.   Miles Austin....... 1,320         2009

   8.   Michael Irvin....... 1,241         1994

   9.   Bob Hayes......... 1,232         1966

10.   Michael Irvin....... 1,180         1997

         Terrell Owens... 1,180         2006

12.   Jason Witten..... 1,145         2007

13.   Terry Glenn........ 1,136         2005

14.   Dez Bryant........ 1,134         2013

      

Bryant’s touchdown catch today was his fourth straight game with a scoring reception – his second four-game streak of the season and third of his career.

For the season, Bryant now has 12 touchdown catches – tied for fifth in a season in team history:

Single-Season Receiving TDs (Cowboys)

 Rnk    Player                 TDs         Season

   1.   Terrell Owens... 15               2007

   2.   Frank Clarke...... 14               1962

   3.   Bob Hayes......... 13               1966

         Terrell Owens... 13               2006

   5.   Bob Hayes......... 12               1965

         Lance Rentzel... 12               1969

         Dez Bryant......... 12               2012

         Dez Bryant........ 12               2013

  

For his career Bryant has 39 touchdown catches to break a tie with Terrell Owens for eighth in team history.

For his career, Bryant now has 285 receptions and broke a tie with Frank Clarke (281) for sole possession of 12th in receptions in team history.

Bryant upped his career receiving yards total to 4,005 to become the eighth Dallas Cowboy to reach 4,000 career receiving yards.

Jeff Heath notched his first career interception when he picked off a second quarter Kirk Cousins pass.

DeVonte Holloman made his first NFL start today. He started at middle linebacker in place of Sean Lee (neck).

DeMarco Murray rushed 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown today. His 96 yards gave him 1,073 for the season, marking the 24th time a Dallas Cowboys rusher reached 1,000 yards. He is the first to reach the mark since Julius Jones in 2006 and he is the sixth different Cowboys running back to accomplish the feat.

Murray’s 1,073 yards are 21st in a season in team history.

Murray’s rushing score today was his ninth of the season – the most by a Cowboy since Marion Barber had 10 in 2007.

With Murray’s 22 carries, and the Cowboys win today, the club’s record move to 11-0 when Murray has 20-plus carries.

Murray also caught a touchdown pass today – the game-winner. It was his first career receiving touchdown.

Tony Romo completed 17-of-27 passes (63.9%) for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception today.

Romo now has 3,775 career attempts and passed Joe Namath (3,762) for 54th in pass attempts in league history.

Romo upped his career completions total to 2,439 and passed Randall Cunningham (2,429) and Sonny Jurgensen (2,433) for 39th in league history.

With 29,565 career passing yards, Romo passed Roman Gabriel (29,444) for 41st in NFL history.

Romo’s two touchdown tosses today gave him at least one in each of the previous 28 games and extend his club record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Romo has 31 touchdown throws this season to mark the third time in his career and third time a Dallas Cowboy threw for at least 30 touchdowns in a season (36 in 2007 and 31 in 2011).

Romo’s pair of scoring passes today gave him 66 career multiple-touchdown games to improve his club-high. He has 10 multi-touchdown games this season – third in a season in team history. Romo also has the top-two spots with 12 in 2007 and 11 in 2011.

Cowboys Career Multi-TD Games

Player                             Games

     Tony Romo..................... 66

     Roger Staubach............. 48

     Danny White................... 44

     Troy Aikman.................... 43

     Don Meredith.................. 41

For his career, Romo has thrown 208 touchdown passes to pass Randall Cunningham (207) and tie Kerry Collins and Kurt Warner for 31st in league history.

Micheal Spurlock made his Cowboys debut. After covering the opening kickoff, his next play was a 62-yard punt return to setup Dallas at Washington’s three-yeard line. His 62-yard return was the second-longest punt return by a Cowboy this season.

Terrance Williams caught four balls for 84 yards today. For the season he has 43 catches for 697 yards and five touchdowns through 15 games of his rookie season. All-time among Dallas Cowboys rookies, Williams’ receptions and yards are fifth in a season, while his touchdowns are tied for fourth.

Cowboys Rookie Receptions (Season)

Player                               Rec.          Season

Herschel Walker.............. 76             1986

Bob Hayes........................ 47             1965

Dez Bryant........................ 45             2010

Antonio Bryant.................. 44             2002

Terrance Williams......... 43             2013

 

Cowboys Rookie Receiving Yards (Season)

Player                            Yards          Season

Bob Hayes.................. 1,023             1965

Herschel Walker........... 837             1986

Mike Sherrard................ 744             1986

Antonio Bryant................ 733             2002

Terrance Williams....... 697             2013

 

Cowboys Rookie Rec. TDs (Season)

Player                                TDs          Season

Bob Hayes........................ 12             1965

Antonio Bryant.................... 6             2002

Dez Bryant.......................... 6             2010

Billy Joe DuPree................ 5             1973

Mike Sherrard..................... 5             1986

Michael Irvin........................ 5             1988

Terrance Williams............ 5             2013

Jason Witten appeared in his 170th straight game today. His 170 consecutive games played are third in team history. Dale Hellestrae (176, 1990-2000) and Bob Lilly (196, 1961-74) hold the top-two spots.

With his two catches for 13 yards today, Witten has now caught at least one pass in 86 straight games and trails only Michael Irvin (117 from 1990-98) for the team record. Witten’s last game without a reception was at the N.Y. Giants (11/2/08).

For the season, Witten has 61 catches – his 10th career and 10th consecutive 60-catch season. Witten’s 10 total tie Shannon Sharpe for the second-most by an NFL tight end while his 10 straight are second to Tony Gonzalez’ 15.

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