leads Redskins past Cowboys in overtime
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[October 28, 2014]
(Reuters) - Replacement quarterback
Colt McCoy overcame a limping Tony Romo to lift the Washington Redskins
to a 20-17 overtime victory over the red-hot Dallas Cowboys on Monday,
snapping the home team's winning streak at six games.
McCoy, who was named as starter after filling in for a struggling
Kirk Cousins last week, led Washington to a winning drive on the
first possession of overtime with Kai Forbath booting the decisive
40-yard field goal.
“It was our moment,” third-string quarterback McCoy told reporters.
“I made some mistakes tonight but my team mates stuck with me, we
found a way to win and it feels great.”
Trailing by three, Dallas had one last chance to reply but failed to
make it through the first set of downs with a bruised Romo tossing
two straight incomplete passes to end the game.
Romo was taken out of the contest in the third quarter with a back
injury but returned in the final minutes of regulation to try to
lead an ultimately unsuccessful comeback.
It was the second straight win for the Redskins (3-5) while Dallas
(6-2) lost for the first time since the season-opener.
“(McCoy) kept us in the game and we didn’t have any major
turnovers,” said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. “This is a heck of a win
for us to really get started for the rest of the season.” McCoy was
strong in his starting opportunity as he tossed for 299 yards and
put Washington ahead 17-10 with a seven-yard rush early in the
fourth. Dallas answered with backup QB Brandon Weeden, briefly
taking over for Romo, finding Jason Witten on a 25-yard connection
that sent the game into overtime.
The Washington defense applied pressure to Romo all night, sacking
him five times. Brandon Meriweather had two of them while Keenan
Robinson tallied 10 tackles and made the sack on Romo that sent him
out of the game in the third.
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“He caught me pretty good,” said Romo, who underwent back surgery in
December. “Even if I hadn’t had back surgery I would probably feel
that one. It was a direct shot.”
Romo finished with 209 yards passing and threw a TD to receiver Dez
Bryant in the first for a 7-3 lead.
Washington moved ahead in the second on a five-yard run from Alfred
Morris, but the Cowboys tied it 10-10 with Dan Bailey’s field goal
NFL-leading rusher DeMarco Murray registered his eighth straight
100-yard running game for Dallas, compiling 141 yards on the ground
along with 80 yards receiving in the defeat.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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