Dallas Cowboys turn to DeMarco Murray and the run game in Thanksgiving win over Oakland Raiders

In the Cowboys' 31-24 win over Oakland on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, DeMarco Murray scored three touchdowns in one game.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 28, 2013
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photo - Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

ARLINGTON, Texas — During DeMarco Murray's rookie season, the Dallas Cowboys scored five rushing touchdowns the entire season.

In the Cowboys' 31-24 win over Oakland on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, Murray scored three touchdowns in one game.

“Sometimes we're clicking passing more than running and vice versa,” Murray said. “People talk balance and things of that nature. But it's hard to be balanced all the time. Today, though, we were able to be balanced which is ideal.”

In a win in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game, the Cowboys had 30 rushing attempts and 32 Tony Romo passes.

“Anytime you run the ball well it makes things a lot more efficient,” Romo said. “It also gives you a chance to keep their offense off the field.”

Romo threw for 225 yards. The Cowboys ran for 144.

“It was probably one of the better running games we've had all year,” said Dallas coach Jason Garrett. “When you can do that, all of a sudden you're getting some favorable matchups outside in the passing game.”

Murray ran for 63 yards, averaging 3.7 yards a carry, highlighted by touchdown runs of 2, 4 and 7 yards.

Unlike several games in Murray's first two seasons, the Cowboys were able to punch in touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line.

“I thought DeMarco ran the ball very well,” Garrett said. “A number of times it felt from my vantage point the play was bottled up, but he somehow, someway found some creases and made positive plays for us.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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