Cow­boys 31, Raiders 24

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS | DeMarco Mur­ray ran for three touch­downs, backup Lance Dun­bar had a ca­reer-high 82 yards rush­ing and the Dal­las Cow­boys over­came Oakland’s fum­ble re­turn for a score on the open­ing kick­off to beat the Raiders 31-24 Thurs­day.

Mur­ray had 63 yards rush­ing but his high­light was the fin­ish­ing work, in­clud­ing a 7-yard score to put Dal­las ahead for good early in the fourth quar­ter.

Dun­bar, who went out with a left knee sprain, sparked the ty­ing and go-ahead touch­down drives in the sec­ond half, high­lighted by a 45-yard run that led to a 4-yard scor­ing pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant.

The Cow­boys (7-5) moved two games above .500 for the first time since late last sea­son. The Raiders (4-8) guar­an­teed an 11th straight sea­son with­out a win­ning record.

Matt McGloin had a strong first half for the Raiders, lead­ing con­sec­u­tive TD drives that put Oakland up 21-7.

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