Cowboys' running game isn't an issue

September, 30, 2013
9/30/13
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SAN DIEGO -- Unlike the Week 2 loss at Kansas City, where the Dallas Cowboys didn't run enough in a 17-16 loss, things have picked up the past two games.

Dallas has rushed 50 times the past two games, and while the team has split those games in the win-loss column, establishing the running attack is now part of the conversation.

Starter DeMarco Murray rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries against the San Diego Chargers in Sunday's 30-21 loss.

The Cowboys led 21-13 at halftime and were averaging 5.6 yards per game on the ground. Murray, despite only nine carries, rushed for 49 yards.

In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys tried to establish the run with Murray, who gained 21 yards on his first three carries of the period. But the Cowboys got away from it after a holding call on left guard Ronald Leary on second-and-4. Faced with second-and-long, the Cowboys passed for the rest of the game.

"I thought they were going great through the entire game," Murray said. "I thought we were able to control the line of scrimmage with the inside-outside zone (attack). We did good."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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