Pro football: DeMarco Murray leads Cowboys to rout of Rams

The former OU star ran for 175 yards, outshines St. Louis quarterback and old Sooners teammate Sam Bradford.
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 22, 2013
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photo - Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) pushes past St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (93) during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  ORG XMIT: CBS120
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) pushes past St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (93) during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: CBS120

ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray didn't say much after the game. Murray did all his talking on the field.

Murray rushed for 175 yards to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-7 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

The Rams seem to bring out the best in Murray, who ran for a career high 253 yards over St. Louis two years ago, which was his rookie season. That was the day Murray unofficially took the starting job from Felix Jones.

In two games against the Rams, Murray has rushed for 428 yards, the two best game of his three-year NFL career.

“Yeah, it is a little frustrating,” chuckled Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Murray's teammate at Oklahoma. “I'm really not sure why he has to do it against us, but he played really well today.”

Sunday's game was Murray's first 100-yard outing since the 2012 season opener. When approached by the media after the game Murray responded: “I'm not talking today, got to get home.”

When a reporter asked why, Murray responded: “It's personal, family.”

The lack of a consistent ground game has been a hot topic in Dallas dating back to last season.

Dallas entered Sunday's game averaging 62.0 rushing yards a game. Last season, the Cowboys finished 31st in the league, next to last, averaging less than 80 rushing yards a game.

“Our commitment to the running game, both in practice and during the game was excellent,” said Dallas coach Jason Garrett. “When you get a runner like that going you can feed off him. It gets contagious for everyone.”

Quarterback Tony Romo was more matter of fact when asked about the constant scrutiny of a lack of balance offensively.

“We turn off the noise, the television, the writers,” Romo said. “The story's going to be written again every week. We understand that. Some weeks you throw it better. Some weeks you run it better.”

One stat underscores the importance of a strong running game. The Cowboys are 10-0 when Murray surpasses 100 yards rushing.

“There's a lot of confidence in DeMarco,” said tight end Jason Witten. “It's been that way since day one. There's been a huge emphasis on the run game. It's good to see it pay off. Obviously, you're a much better offense, and a much better team, when you can run the ball like that.”

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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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