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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Laurent Robinson takes blame for INT

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As part of the Detroit Lions' comeback against the Cowboys, the second of three second-half interceptions was part of the drama.

Tony Romo was picked off by cornerback Chris Houston, who returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to cut the Cowboys' lead to 27-17 with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

Romo's pass was intended for Laurent Robinson, who was running a quick slant.

But Houston was able to get inside of Robinson and pick the pass off. Robinson tried to knock the pass down with his arm, but it was too late.

"That's on me. It's going to haunt me for a while," Robinson said. "I think that cost us the game. Put it on my shoulders and just got to get better and watch the film and see what I could have done better to make the play."

Robinson earned his first start of the season with Miles Austin out with a hamstring strain. He surpassed Kevin Ogletree on the depth chart.

Robinson tied a career high with seven catches for a team-high 116 yards with no touchdowns. It was the second 100-yard game in Robinson's career.

The Cowboys like Robinson's speed and his ability to consistenly catch the ball. When Austin returns -- it's expected to be for the New England game in two weeks --  Robinson gets to move up the depth chart and become the new No. 3 receiver. At the start of the year, Ogletree was the No. 3 receiver behind Dez Bryant and Austin, but he's been inconsistent.

Robinson was cut by San Diego before the season. When the Cowboys wanted to add a veteran, instead of getting a "name" they elected to find a reliable veteran.

"Just going out there playing," Robinson said. "You never know when the ball is coming your way. You just got to run the route full speed every time and try to get open and build that confidence that I'm going to be open and be in the right spot."