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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Cowboys commit a season-high 11 penalties

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys were penalized a season-high 11 times for 69 yards on Thursday. Over the last four weeks, the Cowboys have been penalized 35 times.

Among the penalties were two key ones on Abram Elam and Frank Walker on the Dolphins' game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys were called for four false starts, two pass interference calls and one illegal formation on special teams while trying a new alignment.

"Well I think they hurt us," coach Jason Garrett said of the penalties. "They kept us out of rythmn a lot and you just have to continue to focus on it. It was a quick week for everybody and I just think somehow, some way you gotta get your mindset to be hey, we gotta play a football [game] and we gotta play clean disciplined football throughout. We didn't do that throughout this ballgame."

The Dolphins were flagged for seven penalties, and left tackle Jake Long was called for four penalties, three on false starts. Former Cowboys tackle, Marc Colombo, who is now with the Dolphins, was also called for a false start.

Both the Cowboys' tackles, Doug Free and Tyron Smith, were called for false starts and deep snapper LP Ladouceur was called for one, as well

"Now that we've won, it tells me that if we can work on our penalties then we've got a chance to get better," owner Jerry Jones said. "I think that's what we've got to do. This team, this Miami team, is inspired and they played inspired. We did some things that helped them out, but at the end I think our team showed a lot of will and the players were resolved and that made the difference."