Saturday, December 23, 2000
Updated: December 19, 9:57 AM ET
Merry Christmas - Emmitt sets TD mark
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Dec. 25, 1995
Late on Christmas night, Emmitt Smith finally gets the present he wants. With 5:49 remaining in the last game of the NFL's regular season, the Dallas Cowboys running back scores his 25th touchdown (all rushing) to snap his tie with John Riggins (1983) for most TDs in a season.
"When we got down to the 20, Troy (Aikman) said we should make a rushing touchdown," Smith says after the Cowboys' 37-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. "The coaches said we should make a rushing touchdown. And the receivers said we should make a rushing touchdown. In my mind, I definitely thought we needed a rushing touchdown."
Smith, the NFL's leading rusher with 1,773 yards, gets it with a determined three-yard burst over the left side as he runs over several Arizona defensive players. It's the 100th regular-season touchdown of his six-year career, making him the 10th player to reach that milestone. He ties Jim Brown for the fastest to reach 100 (both achieved the century mark in 93 games).
Smith will score two more touchdowns in Sun Devil Stadium this season when the Cowboys return to Tempe a month later and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17, in Super Bowl XXX.