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Sunday, October 23, 2011
DeMarco Murray's run second longest

By Todd Archer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- DeMarco Murray’s introduction to Sunday’s game against St. Louis could not have been much better. The rookie running back had the second-longest run in team history with a 91-yard touchdown in the first quarter on the third play from scrimmage.

On first-and-19 from the Dallas 9, Murray took a delay handoff from Tony Romo up the middle and slithered to his right behind blocks from fullback Tony Fiammetta and tight end Jason Witten before turning around safety Quintin Mikell to go untouched to the end zone.

Only Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touchdown run at Minnesota on Jan. 3, 1983 is longer in team history. Dorsett (Dec. 4, 1977 vs. Philadelphia) and Herschel Walker (Dec. 14, 1986 vs. Philadelphia) had the second-longest runs of 84 yards for touchdowns.

Murray’s touchdown run is also the longest first career touchdown run by an NFL running back since the 1970 merger.

It was the 11th longest play by a rookie in team history, counting punt returns, kickoff returns and interception returns.