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CowBuzz: Stats, Notes and Quotes

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Stats and Notes:

Sunday's win gave Dallas a 2-0 home record to start the season for the first time since 2007 and fourth time since 1999. The club also did it in 2006. When Dallas opened its home schedule 2-0 in 2007, the club beat the N.Y. Giants in the home opener, followed by a win over St. Louis – the same as this season.

The Dallas defense yielded 18 yards to the Rams offense in the first half of Sunday's game. The 18 yards was the fewest Dallas allowed in a half since giving up 17 against Seattle (10/11/92).

The defense also held St. Louis to one-of-13 on third downs. It was the 18th time since 1991 an opponent had one-or-fewer third down conversions. The last time was at Philadelphia (11/11/12) when the Eagles were one-of-10.

The Dallas defense registered six sacks Sunday, the most since six at San Francisco (9/18/11).

Gavin Escobar hauled in his first career touchdown catch on a 24-yard third quarter Tony Romo pass.

Jason Hatcher’s sack Sunday gave him 19.0 for his career to pass Bill Bates (18.0) and Lee Roy Jordan (18.5) and tie Anthony Dickerson and Jimmie Jones for 21st in team history.

Hatcher’s sack was also his third straight game with a sack – the longest streak in his career.

DeMarco Murray rushed for 175 yards Sunday – the second-highest single-game rushing figure in his career. His prior high was the club-record 253 yards also against St. Louis (10/23/11).

Murray’s 175 yards also tied Tony Dorsett (at Baltimore, 12/6/81) for the ninth-best single-game rushing yards figure in franchise history.

Murray carried the ball a career-high 26 times Sunday. His average of 6.7 yards-per-carry were good for his third-highest single-game average (minimum 10 carries).

When Murray tallies 20-or-more carries in a game, the Dallas Cowboys own a 10-0 record – including one non-start.

Murray now has five career 100-yard outings.

Caesar Rayford made his Dallas Cowboys debut playing in the defensive line rotation Sunday.

Tony Romo’s touchdown tosses Sunday gave him a scoring pass in each of the previous 15 games. It also gave him 183 career touchdown throws to pass Rich Gannon (180) and Steve Grogan (182) and tie Craig Morton for 47th in career touchdown passes in NFL history.

DeMarcus Ware had two sacks in Sunday's game to up his career sack total to 115.0. He passed Harvey Martin (114.0) as the all-time (unofficial since Martin’s sack totals are pre-1982) Dallas Cowboys sack leader. Ware also broke a tie with Sean Jones for sole possession of 17th on the NFL’s all-time sack list.

Ware’s 2.0 sacks Sunday also upped his club record of multiple sack games to 28.

Kyle Wilber had his first career sack in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

J.J. Wilcox made his first career start Sunday when he opened up as one of the team’s starting safeties.

With his five catches for 67 yards, Jason Witten has now caught at least one pass in 74 straight games and trails only Michael Irvin (117 from 1990-98) for the team record. Witten’s last game without a reception was at the N.Y. Giants (11/2/08).

Witten’s five catches Sunday brought his career receptions total to 822 to pass Steve Largent (819) 22nd among all NFL pass catchers.

For his career, Witten now has 9,097 receiving yards and passed Tony Martin (9,065) to crack the top-50 and land in the 49th spot on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards chart.

Quotes:

Jason Hatcher:

Can you tell us this- We hear that you got in front of the team again in here after the game today?

I was just telling them how proud of them I was. We came out and played great tonight. I’m happy. I wouldn’t trade,  I wouldn’t be in no other place. We’ve got great guys on this team and they responded well. They came out. We did what we were supposed to do. We were supposed to win this game and we won.

There’s also a report you had to get on to Romo too (separate series of questions)…

I love Romo to death man. I wasn’t getting on Romo. I love Romo to death. He came out and he balled out tonight. Did you see that? He balled out. They ran the ball, he threw the ball great, he’s the best quarterback in the league. So I love Romo to death. That’s my brother.

You all are good then?

Hell yeah. Where is Romo at?  Tell him to come over here. I’m gonna hug his neck. We ain’t got no issues. Where’d you get all that from? I love Romo-Romo loves me. We are teammates, we’re brothers-brotherhood.

Sean Lee:

Sean , first of all, can we get your thoughts on Ware getting the all time sack record for the Cowboys?

I mean he’s one of the greatest pass rushers of all time. To play with him has been an honor. Not only is he are great player, he’s a great leader, he’s a great person. So for him; it’s just a testament for how hard he works because everyday in practice he’s working on his game; he’s motivating guys. He’s a complete player and a complete person and it’s been fantastic to play with him.

Sean, when DeMarco’s controlling the ball like that, and you guys have a lot more time of possession, how does that help you guys as a unit when you’re able to get off to the sideline and get some rest and get back out there and fly around the football?

It’s great. DeMarco is an unbelievable running back and they did a fantastic job today: The offensive line and DeMarco. If you give DeMarco holes he can make great cuts and can take it all the way. He’s a complete back and so it was fun to see him break out a little bit today.

Tony Romo:

Are the ribs continuing to feel better?

Yeah, they’re feeling good. And I think the next game, they’ll be fine.

Did you sense the running game would be this successful today?

I don’t know that you ever go in thinking…I don’t know how many yards we rushed for? Yeah, that’s almost 200 yards, I mean that’s a lot at any level, especially the NFL. That’s just a credit to the guys up front and DeMarco and what they did today. That makes my job and everyone else’s much easier. We wanted to run the football today, and we did a good job of obviously having production to make it easy to do so.

How well did the offensive line play?

They did great. They created some big holes and they also gave me time throughout the game to do some different things and get to some certain guys that you normally wouldn’t get to. Like I said before, it makes everyone’s job easier when you have some good guys up front.

How do you feel Gavin Escobar is coming along?

He’s young. He almost had the one [touchdown] earlier in the game, like you said. I thin he lost his shoe against New York on one where I think he would have had one. So, it was just a matter of time. He did a good job on the route today. He’s a big target, so that helps.

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