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TBT: Defending-Champion Cowboys Have Week 1 Sack Party in Pittsburgh
The two-time defending Super Bowl champions began the 1994 campaign with a new head coach as Barry Switzer took over for the departed Jimmy Johnson.
The biggest difference in the Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh wasn’t on the sidelines, but rather on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cowboys absolutely harassed the Steelers’ offense from start to finish, recording nine sacks, including four from future Hall of Famer Charles Haley. Veteran Jim Jeffcoat didn’t start the game but still managed to collect three sacks.
The offense, led by the trio of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, got some help from other player as Daryl “Moose” Johnston made a diving touchdown catch in the end zone – one of his best plays of his entire career. Smith did have 171 rushing yards, the fifth-highest single-game rushing total of his career.
The Cowboys didn’t always find the end zone but rookie kicker Chris Boniol had a nice NFL debut, hitting four field goals en route to a rather easy 26-9 win over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium.
Overall, the Cowboys outgained Pittsburgh 442-126 in total yards from scrimmage Read