Propelled by a dominant run game, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Titans in Nashville on Sunday, 26-10.
DeMarco Murray led the way for the Cowboys, bouncing back from an early fumble to go for 167 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. Murray’s second quarter touchdown was set up by Barry Church’s interception of Jake Locker and, after a first quarter Dan Bailey field goal, gave Dallas an early 10-0 lead.
Bailey added field goals of 44 and 51 yards late in the second quarter to extend the Cowboys lead to 16-0 going into the half.
The Titans showed some life after intermission, getting on the board with a 47-yard Ryan Succop field goal on their first drive. On their next possession, Locker hit tight end Delanie Walker on a 61-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 16-10. Walker finished with 142 yards and the touchdown on 10 catches, a career day for the former 49er.
The Cowboys answered after the Walker touchdown--and effectively snuffed out the comeback attempt--with a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Bryant led Dallas in receiving with 103 yards and the touchdown on 10 receptions.
Bailey hit a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to go 4-4 on the day and extend the Cowboys lead to 26-10, which would stand as the final.
After a somewhat shaky first half, Romo finished strong, going 19-29 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times, three in the first half, but bounced back nicely each time.
At 1-1, the Cowboys will face the Rams in St. Louis next week.
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