Oct 27, 2014 10:52 PM
Cowboys, Redskins tied 10-10 after 3 quarters
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dallas quarterback Tony Romo departed with an apparent injury after he was sacked in the third quarter, and the Cowboys and Washington Redskins were tied at 10 heading into the final period on Monday night.
Dan Bailey kicked a 21-yard field goal on the Cowboys' first drive this season without Romo, who was shaken up after he was sacked by Keenan Robinson on a third down midway through the quarter.
The 34-year-old Romo, who had surgery for a herniated disk last December, reached for his back after the hit and stayed flat on the ground before trainers rolled him to his side. He walked to the locker room mostly under his own power.
After Washington punted, Brandon Weeden took over at quarterback for the Cowboys.
Weeden's first play was a handoff to DeMarco Murray for 51 yards to the Redskins 6. That run gave Murray his eighth consecutive 100-yard game to start the season, and pushed him over 1,000 yards for the second season in a row.
The previous Dallas running back with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons was NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith with 11 in a row from 1991 to 2001.
Murray then ran for 3 more yards before Weeden had consecutive incompletions and Bailey tied the game.
Dez Bryant helped Dallas to a 7-3 halftime lead when he twisted and lunged into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
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.
It was similar to a play in the Cowboys' previous game when Bryant was initially given a touchdown before an official review put the ball at the 1.
This time, Bryant was awarded his fifth touchdown grab of the year and Romo got his 15th scoring pass.
Alfred Morris had a 5-yard TD run for the Redskins in the third quarter.
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 first-half 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 Bryant's score.
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.
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