Murray leads charge as Cowboys rally past Raiders
(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...