Cowboys-Panthers By The Numbers

  • After rushing for 251 yards last week, the Dallas Cowboys rushed for 212 yards Monday night to mark the first time the club had back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games since 1979 (at Minnesota, Oct. 7 and vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 14). It marked the fifth time in club history Dallas has accomplished that feat. * To open the second half, the Dallas defense forced Carolina into four consecutive three-and-outs. The Panthers made a first down on their fifth and final possession of the half. * The defense also held the Panthers to a 12.5 third down conversion percentage (one-of-eight), the lowest percentage for an opponent since holding the N.Y. Giants (10/16/05) to a 9.1 percentage (one-of-11). * Dallas kept the Panthers from entering the red zone Monday night to mark the first time since the game against Arizona (10/30/05) a Cowboys opponent failed to cross the Dallas 20-yard line. * Dallas coverage units held the Panthers to 33 total return yards (two yards on punt returns and 31 yards on kickoff returns) to mark the lowest yardage allowed since holding Cleveland (9/19/04) to 32 combined yards (11 punt return yards and 21 kickoff return yards). * David Buehler added three touchbacks Monday night to give him seven on the season - the seventh-most in a season for Dallas since the 1991 season. * Victor Butler recorded his first career sacks with two fourth quarter takedowns of Jake Delhomme. He forced his first career fumble on the second sack that was recovered by Jason Hatcher. * Nick Folk extended his club record to 104 consecutive PATs converted after hitting his only try Monday night. * Folk missed a first quarter field goal Monday night snapping his streak of 16 consecutive field goals made. * Mike Jenkins recorded the first takeaway of the season for the Cowboys with an interception of a Jake Delhomme pass. It was the second interception of Jenkins' career. * Felix Jones made his first career start Monday night. He finished the game averaging 11.8 yards-per-carry (eight carries for 94 yards). * Mat McBriar had five punts downed inside the 20-yard line Monday night to give him 102 for his career to make him the fourth punter in team history to have over 100 punts downed inside the 20. He joins Mike Saxon (166), Danny White (144) and Toby Gowin (106) as the only punters to accomplish the feat. * McBriar's five punts downed inside the 20-yard line Monday night was the second time McBriar accomplished that feat and ties the club record for punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Danny Villanueva, Duane Carrell and Toby Gowin (three times) share the record. * Terence Newman intercepted his 21st career pass, one that he returned 27 yards for his second career interception return for a touchdown. * Jay Ratliff notched the first sack of the season for the Cowboys on a third quarter takedown of Jake Delhomme. * Jason Witten caught nine passes Monday night to give him 448 for his career, allowing him to pass Keith Jackson (441) for 12th on the NFL's all-time tight end receptions list. He needs just three more to pass Wesley Walls (450) for 11th. * Witten had 77 receiving yards Monday night to give him 5,116 for his career to pass Jimmie Giles (5,084), Mickey Shuler (5,100) and Charle Young (5,106) for 22nd on the league's all-time tight end receiving yards list.
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