The Dallas Cowboys are 3-3 and in a familiar spot--at .500--after defeating the Washington Redskins in Arlington on Sunday night, 31-16.
Dallas opened up the scoring on their first drive, with DeMarco Murray’s four-yard touchdown run capping an 80-yard march, to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead. Murray had 29 yards on seven carries in the first half, but left in the second quarter with an injured knee and never returned. DeMarcus Ware also missed the second half with an injury.
Washington answered in short order--kind of. Robert Griffin III took his team down to the Dallas two-yard line but, thanks to an ultra-clutch tackle by Sean Lee, they were limited to a field goal from 20 yards out by former Cowboy Kai Forbath.
After trading fruitless drives in the second quarter for awhile, Dwayne Harris took a Sav Rocca punt 86 yards for a touchdown to extend the Cowboys lead to 14-3. Harris finished with a total of 222 return yards.
Forbath hit on a 32-yard field goal as time ran out on the first half to close the gap to eight at 14-6, Dallas, and opened the second half with a 33-yarder to make it 14-9.
After that field goal though, Washington kicked off to Dallas, and the aforementioned Harris promptly returned it 90 yards to the Redskins’ 15-yard line. Two plays later, Romo hit RG3‘s old Baylor teammate Terrance Williams for a touchdown.
Griffin and co. finally got in the end zone a couple drives later, when running back Alfred Morris took a carry 45 yards for the score to make it 21-16 Dallas.
But the Redskins couldn’t rejoice for long. Dan Bailey hit a 30-yard field goal to make it 24-16 and then, after a strip-sack by Kyle Wilber that set Dallas up at the Washington three, rookie Joseph Randle took in a one-yard touchdown run.
That final run would set the final, 31-16 Cowboys, and an interception by cornerback Orlando Scandrick would effectively end it.
The Cowboys are now 3-3 on the year.
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