Dan Bailey kicks six field goals in Dallas' win over Redskins

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: September 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dan Bailey is quickly becoming one of his team's most valuable players.

And in Monday night's win over the Washington Redskins, the former Oklahoma State kicker is the only Dallas Cowboy you'll find in the scoring summary.

Bailey, who played his high school football at Yukon's Southwest Covenant, was a perfect six-for-six Monday, accounting for all of Dallas' points in its 18-16 victory at Cowboys Stadium.

The Cowboys (2-1) won their second straight, and both wins have come on Bailey's leg.

In Week 2 at San Francisco, Bailey hit the game-winning 19-yard field goal in overtime, minutes after drilling a 48-yard, tying field goal as time expired in regulation.

“He has a really good demeanor for a kicker and for a football player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Bailey, an undrafted rookie who won the Lou Groza Award for the nation's best college kicker.

“I thought it was a really good example of him going out, regardless of circumstances, doing his job and knocking the ball through the uprights.”

Dallas' offense struggled through much of Monday's game — especially deep in Washington territory. But Bailey was the Cowboys' Mr. Reliable from the team's first offensive drive.

After Washington opened the game with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead, the Cowboys went nine plays and 57 yards to the Redskins' 23, but quarterback Tony Romo missed tight end Jason Witten on two straight passes.

Bailey hit a 41-yard field goal to tie the game back up.

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