SEATTLE – Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray wasn’t around to speak with reporters in the locker room after another solid performance.
Murray’s numbers said everything about him. He rushed for 115 yards on 29 carries in the 30-23 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
It was Murray’s 15-yard touchdown run, where he cut across the field, with 3:16 remaining that sealed the victory.
Murray has rushed for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games to open the season, becoming just the second man in league history to achieve that. The other is Jim Brown, who did it in 1958 for the Cleveland Browns.
Seattle had the best rushing defense in the NFL, allowing just 62.3 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.
“We thought it was going to be tough sledding to run the football, but we had to be persistent with it,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Our guys did an excellent job.”
Murray has rushed for 785 yards after six games, the most in franchise history and seventh-most in NFL history.
Sunday was not easy. He had five carries where he gained 0 yards and four with just 1 yard picked up. This was a gritty effort by the NFL’s leading rusher.
“I think we just didn’t tackle well and a couple of times it was on our gap,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “They’re a gap running team they’re not really the blow-you-off-the-ball type of offense.”
Whatever the opinions are, the Cowboys rushing attack was solid. It gained 162 total yards, 52 from backup Joseph Randle on just five carries, in the victory and for the first time in the Garrett era, the running attack is leading this offense.
“We just stuck with it,” tight end Jason Witten said. “Coach [Scott] Linehan talked about that early, they are No. 1 in the league in rush defense.
"Those short runs can turn into long ones. We were able to a good formation and DeMarco has hard runs. I really think he has shown his maturity as a back, sticking with us and sticking with it and coming out on the back end on a couple of those late in the game.”