Sunday, October 23, 2011
Second quarter: Cowboys 17, Rams 7
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON -- It's halftime at Cowboys Stadium and the Cowboys lead, 17-7.
Red zone scoring: In the loss to New England last week, the Cowboys went 1-for-3 in the red zone. On their first try Sunday, the Cowboys scored for the seventh time this season out of 19 attempts on a Tony Romo 1-yard pass to Jason Witten. On the first play from the 4, Romo threw an incompletion to Dez Bryant, who was jammed at the line of scrimmage by Al Harris. On second and goal, DeMarco Murray picked up three yards. But on the touchdown, the Cowboys went play-action pass and Witten was able to get free in the back of the end zone for a score. The second red zone opportunitie resulted in a made 30-yard field goal, giving the Cowboys a 17-7 lead. There were about three plays that raised eyebrows. On a first-and-goal from the 9, Murray was stopped for a 3-yard loss. Bryant dropped a pass that hit his hands on the next play, and on third down Bryant couldn't bring in another pass directed his way in the end zone. It appeared Harris got a hand in Bryant's face to knock the pass away.
Rams score a rushing touchdown: Steven Jackson scored just the second rushing touchdown of the season for the Rams on a 6-yard run that was set up by a 40-yard burst in which he went through the middle of the line and stiff-armed safety Gerald Sensabaugh along the way.
Two major injuries for the Rams: Right tackle Jason Smith (Baylor) a Dallas native, was carted off the field after getting hit in the head. Defensive end Darell Scott was also carted off near the end of the first half.
Stats you should care about: Murray finished the first half with 112 yards on 10 carries. Tashard Choice, who made his fourth career start, had just one carry for seven yards. After the first possession, Choice played just one snap. ... Mike Jenkins had his first INT of the season. ... A.J. Feeley completed 12-of-15 passes for 91 yards.