DeMarco Murray pops Earl Thomas

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
5:59
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was like old times for DeMarco Murray and Earl Thomas.

Early in the first quarter, Murray caught a pass in the flat and raced downfield and smashed into Thomas, knocking him back to complete a 17-yard gain.

Murray, who played college ball at Oklahoma, didn't mind knocking into Thomas, who went to Texas.

"You could say that. I have no love for Texas," Murray said with a smile. "You can say that it was fun to do that. I have a lot of respect for Earl Thomas. He's a great player and a great competitor."

Murray rushed 22 times for 139 yards with no touchdowns Sunday.

"He's a cutback guy," said Thomas, who finished with a team-high eight tackles. "He's patient, and he's turning out to be a star on the Cowboys. He had a good game. But I think we could have held him more than what we did today. There were a lot of misreads and he found the right hole and he stuck with the game plan and got the yards."
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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