Murray leads charge as Cowboys rally past Raiders

Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:45pm EST
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(Reuters) - DeMarco Murray ran for three touchdowns to spearhead the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-24 Thanksgiving Day comeback win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

Trailing 21-7 in the second quarter, the Cowboys (7-5) rallied behind 24 straight points to remain in control of the NFC East and put the pressure on the second-placed Philadelphia Eagles (6-5), who play Sunday.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 23 passes for 225-yards and one touchdown but it was Murray who did much of the heavy lifting, with 17 carries for 63-yards and a career high three scores.

"It was a tough game," Romo said.

"Oakland came in and played real well and whenever you get behind early in the game with a turnover on special teams it puts you in hole.

"But the guys did a great job, fought back."

The Raiders' Matt McGloin, an undrafted free agent, had looked like an All-Pro quarterback in the first half as Oakland surprised the Cowboys, but he could not maintain his form after the break, completing 18 passes for 255-yards and one interception.

The Cowboys immediately found themselves in a hole when Terrance Williams fumbled the opening kickoff and Raiders' rookie Greg Jenkins scooped up the loose ball and returned 23-yards for the score.

The home team's opening score also came as a result of a turnover with McGloin fumbling the snap and the Cowboys recovering on the two with Murray waltzing in untouched for his first touchdown.   Continued...

Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Raiders 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports