Dallas Cowboys' Terrance Williams (83) provides running room for running back DeMarco Murray (29) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Tim Sharp
December 28, 2014

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) DeMarco Murray broke the franchise single-season rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys, passing Emmitt Smith in the first quarter of Sunday's 44-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

Murray set the mark with a 32-yard run that included a nice cutback, leaving safety Ryan Clark flat-footed at the line of scrimmage. Murray finished with 100 yards on 20 carries to end the season with 1,845 yards, bettering Smith's tally of 1,773 yards in 1995.

''I couldn't be happier for him,'' Smith said. ''He is very deserving of this recognition. ... I am proud of him because I know how hard it is to do what he did this year. I am also proud because I've watched him bounce back from some injury setbacks in his first few years. He's worked through all that, and he deserves to have this record.''

Smith, the NFL's career leading rusher, ran for 18,355 yards over a 15-year career, including 13 seasons with the Cowboys.

''Means a lot, means a lot from the best running back ever to play the game,'' Murray said. ''He's held a lot of records and a lot of them will never be touched, so I'm just definitely proud.''

Also in the first quarter, Dez Bryant caught scoring passes of 65 and 23 yards to break Terrell Owens' franchise record of 15 touchdown receptions, set in 2007.

''It feels good, but that's not what I want,'' Bryant said. ''We work too hard man, for that opportunity to do something special.''


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