DeMarco Murray's run saved game

December, 9, 2012
CINCINNATI -- Want to know how important the return of starting running back DeMarco Murray is to the Cowboys' offense?

The team is 2-0 since his return from a sprained left foot that cost him six games.

It was Murray's 6-yard run Sunday afternoon that setup a game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey in the Cowboys' 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that has everyone talking.

There was more emotion over Murray's run, a move to the right side. As he was being tackled, he stretched out and lunged his arm far enough so it could land at the first-down marker. The 6-yard gain came on a third-and-5 from the Bengals 30 with about a minute to play.

After a review of the play, it was ruled Murray had done enough for the first down and the Cowboys sideline erupted with emotion, more than after Bailey's field-goal try went through. Bailey received a half-hug when he made the kick, but there were all kinds of yelling and screaming after Murray's third-down run.

"It was more of a celebration before the kick," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "I've never seen that from a third down pickup."

Murray finished with 53 yards on 21 carries. In the last two games, Murray has carried 44 times, despite coming back from a foot injury.

It proves Murray is healthy, for the first time in more than a month. Garrett trusts him more than any other running back he's had.

"Just trying to get the first down," Murray said. "I knew it was going to be close and I had to extend the ball a few inches and we were able to get it. It was good blocking up front and Dwayne (Harris) made a good block, he was on (Terence Newman)."

In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys scored twice, a Dez Bryant 27-yard reception, and of course Bailey's field goal. Murray gained 29 yards on eight carries in the final quarter.

"Just trying to be relentless and we knew he had a little trouble in the first half, a great defense, they were coming after us," Murray said. "We made some adjustments at halftime (Tony) Romo was able to get us in no-huddle and we finally started making plays, we missed a lot of opportunities in the first half, dropped balls, and not running the ball well on first down got behind the chains and we were able to do a little bit better in the second half."
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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