Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and the defense got two turnovers in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Cowboys shook off the Washington Redskins 31-16 Sunday night in front of a crowd of 90239 at AT&T Stadium. However Dallas lost DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray to injuries in the game. Dallas and Philadelphia are tied for first place in the NFC East with 3-3 records. Washington falls to 1-4. The Giants are 0-6. Dallas took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for a touchdown. They did it with balance _ six runs and five passes. The key play on the drive was a 14-yard third-down catch by Jason Witten. Murray scored on a 4-yard run to make it 7-0. Similar to Dallas’ start the Redskins promptly marched down field mixing the pass and run. Facing a third-and goal at the 9 Robert Griffin III was stopped at the 2 on a quarterback draw by Sean Lee. Kai Forbath’s 20-yard field goal made it 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Dallas reached the Redskins’ 35 on its second possession. On third down Tony Romo’s pass was tipped by cornerback Josh Wilson and Rob Jackson made the interception at the 37 to kill the drive. After trading punts the Dallas got its second score by way of the special teams. Washington punted away its third possession and Sav Rocca’s kick was downed at the 16. The Redskins were flagged for illegal motion and the Cowboys elected to take the penalty and force a re-kick. On the re-kick Harris returned the punt 86 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-3 with 2:26 left in the second quarter. Washington moved to the Cowboys’ 14 with 1 second left and Forbath’s 32-yard field goal made it 14-6 at halftime. Washington began the second half with a 65-yard scoring drive. Griffin had a 26-yard scramble and the Cowboys were flagged for hitting him out of bounds at the end of the play. Dallas held and Forbath made a 33-yard field goal his third of the game to make it 14-9 at the 10:03 mark. On the ensuing kickoff Harris returned the ball 90 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Redskins’ 15. Two plays later Romo threw a 15-yard touchdown to rookie Terrance Williams in the back corner of the end zone to push the score out to 21-9. After Dallas was forced the punt Washington needed just three plays to cover 71 yards for a touchdown with Morris getting the touchdown on a 45-yard cutback run to make it 21-16 with 3:43 left in the quarter. The big play on the drive was an 11-yard scramble by Griffin and another late hit on Barry Church. After making his first three kicks Forbath missed a 49-yarder wide left to start the fourth quarter.
Special teams spark Cowboys in 31-16 win over Redskins
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Oct 14