More DeMarco Murray rushing numbers
October, 23, 2011
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The big numbers for Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray were the 253 rushing rushing yards, which set a franchise record for a game. He also scored on a 91-yard run, the second longest in franchise history.
Murray was close to getting some other numbers.
His effort marked the 10th best rushing day in league history. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson has the record at 296, set in 2007. It was the second most rushing yards for a rookie in league history, and Murray became the first Cowboys rookie to get over 100 yards since Marion Barber earned 127 in 2005.
"It's unbelievable," Murray said of being in the record books. "It is just a humbling experience. I never thought in a million years that I would be here with the Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith. It is a great day by the offensive line. It is a great team victory."
Murray's 91-yard score was probably one of the more explosive plays of the season.
Out of a three-receiver set, Murray got a delayed handoff and busted through the hole as strong safety Darian Stewart fell down as he tried to support the run. Murray changed direction in the secondary, forcing free safety Quintin Mikell to lose him. With Dez Bryant as an escort, Murray scored with ease.
"It was wide open," Murray said. "A bus could have gone through there. The offensive line did a great job. [Tony] Romo did a great job of getting the safety out of there with a little patience. It was wide open."
Murray also set a franchise record by averaging 10.1 yards per carry with more than 20 carries in a game.
The previous record was held by Tony Dorsett, who averaged 8.9 yards per carry on Dec. 4, 1977, on 23 carries.