Murray, Romo spark Cowboys’ victory over Rams

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Updated: September 22, 2013

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – DeMarco Murray exploded for 175 yards and a
touchdown on 26 carries, while Tony Romo threw for three scores, as Dallas
pounded St. Louis, 31-7, in Week 3 action.

Romo finished at 17-of-24 efficiency for 210 yards for the Cowboys (2-1), who
bounced back from a one-point loss in Kansas City last week.

Dez Bryant, Gavin Escobar and Dwayne Harris all posted a receiving TD, with
Jason Witten leading the pack with 67 yards on five catches.

Sam Bradford ended up with 240 yards passing and a score to Austin Pettis on
29-of-48 completions for the Rams (1-2), who have dropped two in a row.

Bryant capped Dallas’ second drive of the contest with a diving grab in the
back left corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.

After holding St. Louis to a three-and-out, Murray’s 36-yard dash down the
right side to the Rams’ 23-yard line on first down helped set up Dan Bailey’s
19-yard make for a 10-0 lead late in the opening quarter.

It was 17-0 for the hosts after replay upheld Murray’s 2-yard run to the near
pylon on the left side. The score ended a 67-yard, 10-play series which began
at the outset of the second period.

Murray broke free for a 41-yard run on the second play of the Cowboys’ first
series of the second half. It brought Dallas to the Rams’ 33, and four plays
later, a 24-yard Romo-to-Escobar connection made it a 24-point spread for the
hosts.

St. Louis managed to reach field-goal territory on the next possession.
Bradford’s pass over the middle on 4th-and-5 was picked off by J.J. Wilcox,
but his return — which would have given the Cowboys possession on their own
30 — was nullified by a roughing-the-passer call. The Rams took over on the
Dallas 15, and Pettis later hauled in a 4-yard TD pass on a slant pattern.

Bradford’s incompletion on a 4th-and-4 from his own 45 early in the fourth
gave the ball back to the hosts, who needed only three plays to take a 31-7
lead after Romo threaded the needle to Harris for a 24-yard touchdown pass.

Game Notes

Dallas improved to 4-2 vs. the Rams since the franchise’s 1995 move to St.
Louis … Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware recorded a pair of sacks, giving him 114
for his career and eclipsing the previous Dallas record held by Harvey Martin
… Bryant finished with 38 yards on four receptions and Murray added 28 yards
on three grabs … St. Louis was held to 232 yards of total offense, including
just 18 total in the first half.