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TBT: Emmitt Smith’s Hat Trick of Rushing TDs Lift Young Cowboys Past LA Raiders

The 1992 Cowboys were one of the youngest teams of the entire NFL and while they stacked some early wins, it seemed as if the rest of the league was waiting for them to fall apart.

Early in the third quarter of a midseason game with the LA Raiders, the Cowboys didn’t seem on track to get to 6-1 on the season. A TD pass from Raiders QB Todd Marinovich to Willie Gault gave the Raiders a 13-7 lead.

However, the Raiders not only would not score again, but the Cowboys found the end zone three more times. Two of the scores were from Emmitt Smith, who already had a touchdown earlier in the game. Smith’s 26-yard TD in the fourth quarter, his third of the day, pushed the Cowboys in front for good as they cruised to a 28-13 season.

Obviously, the success never fell off for that Cowboys squad that finished 13-3 and then swept through the Eagles, 49ers and Bills in the playoffs to capture their first of three Super Bowls in the 90s.

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