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Oct 27, 2014 9:59 PM

Cowboys lead Redskins 7-3 at halftime

The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant twisted and lunged into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 7-3 halftime lead over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

After making the short catch and getting away from cornerback David Amerson, Bryant was in the grasp of Ryan Clark near the 3 when the receiver twisted his body around to keep his knee from hitting the ground while fully extending his arm to get the ball to the goal line.

In the Cowboys' previous game, also at home, Bryant was initially given a touchdown when he had a similar stretch trying to score. That ball was marked inside the 1 after the official review, setting up a DeMarco Murray TD on the next play.

This time, Bryant was awarded his fifth touchdown grab of the year.

Dallas entered with a 6-1 record and six consecutive victories. The Cowboys last won seven in a row in 2007.

Washington, which lost its first three road games, got a 44-yard field goal from Kai Forbath on its opening drive.

Colt McCoy, a Texas native making his first NFL start since 2011 for Cleveland, completed a 20-yard pass on Washington's second offensive play to the Cowboys 25. But the drive stalled and the Redskins had to settle for the field goal.

McCoy took over for an ineffective Kirk Cousins in the second half of Washington's last game, a 19-17 win over Tennessee that ended a four-game losing streak.

The Cowboys had fumbles on consecutive drives, including Murray at the Redskins 10, but Washington failed to capitalize each time.

Two plays after running back Joseph Randle fumbled at the end of a 12-yard run and Trent Murphy recovered at the Cowboys 25, the Redskins gave it right back. J.J. Wilcox got his first career interception when he picked off McCoy's pass in the back of the end zone a play that was upheld after an official review.

After Murray fumbled at the end of a 36-yard catch in the second quarter, the Redskins eventually punted to set up the 80-yard drive that ended with Tony Romo's 15th touchdown pass of the season.

Murray entered as the NFL's leading rusher with 913 yards, and the first player in history with seven 100-yard games to start a season beating Jim Brown's mark.

Murray had 12 carries for 62 yards at halftime against the Redskins, to go along with two catches for 58 yards.

With Robert Griffin III still inactive while recovering from a dislocated ankle, though he was again on the field during pregame warmups, McCoy got to play at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium for only the second time.

McCoy was the quarterback for Texas in 2009 when the Longhorns beat Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game at the home of the Cowboys.

Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton, one of McCoy's teammates at Texas, sacked him in the second quarter.

Roger Staubach, a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for Dallas, went to the center of the field under a spotlight just before kickoff and shouted, "Cowboys fans, are you ready for some football?" Staubach got a raucous cheer, as did other former Cowboys greats Charles Haley, Larry Allen and Randy White when they were on the field.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL


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