Dallas Cowboys

Postgame notes: Cowboys start 4-1 for the first time since 2008

The Cowboys’ postgame notes compiled by the team’s public relations department:


The win over the Texans today improved Dallas’ 2014 record to 4-1, the first time since the 2008 team started 4-1, and the 15th time overall

Today’s win also upped the Cowboys current win streak to four games, tying the longest win streak of Jason Garrett’s head coaching tenure and the longest since the team had four straight wins in 2011 (11/6 - 11/24)

The Cowboys played in their first overtime game since against New Orleans (12/23/12), and first overtime win since against Pittsburgh (12/16/12), to improve to 20-14 all-time in overtime games

The Cowboys won their second game at home at AT&T Stadium in 2014

Dallas’ record over the Texans improved to 3-1 while its record against the AFC South increased to 21-16, and the overall record against the AFC moved to 92-70

The Dallas defense shut out Houston’s offense in the first half, marking the fourth time this season that the defense has pitched a shut out of the opposing team’s offense during either half


Dan Bailey was two-of-three on field goals today, missing a 53-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to conclude his consecutive field goals made streak at 30, the longest streak in team history:

Consecutive Field Goals Made by a Dallas kicker:

Player Consec. FGs Year

Dan Bailey 30 2013-14

Chris Boniol 27 1996

Chris Boniol 26 1995

Dan Bailey 26 2011

Dan Bailey 21 2012-13

Bailey kicked the game-winning 49-yard field goal in overtime to give him his ninth career-game-winning kick, the most in team history


Dez Bryant’s 2-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter extended his streak of games with a touchdown catch to four games to tie the third-longest streak of his career


DeMarco Murray rushed a career-high 31 times for 136 yards – the seventh-most of his career - against the Texans

After rushing for 118 yards against San Francisco (9/7), 167 yards at Tennessee (9/14), 100 yards at St. Louis (9/21), and 149 yards against New Orleans (9/28), Murray’s 136 yards against Houston today allowed him to become the third player in NFL history - the first player in team history - to record a streak of five consecutive games to open the season with 100 rushing yards. It marked only the fourth time in league history that a player has accomplished that feat:

Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games 1-5 to Open a Season, NFL

Player Year Games Dates

Jim Brown 1958 6 9/28-11/2

O.J. Simpson 1973 5 9/16-10/14

O.J. Simpson 1975 5 9/21-10/20

DeMarco Murray 2014 5 9/7-10/5

Murray’s streak of five consecutive 100-yard games allows him to become the first Dallas Cowboy to ever accomplish that feat

Murray’s 670 yards through the first five games of the season are the most in team history and fifth-most in NFL history:

Dallas Cowboys Most Individual Rushing Yards Through Games 1-5

Player Yards Year

DeMarco Murray 670 2014

Emmitt Smith 638 1995

Tony Dorsett 592 1981

Herschel Walker 526 1988

Emmitt Smith 517 1991

Most Individual Rushing Yards Through Games 1-5, NFL History

Player Yards Year

O.J. Simpson 823 1975

O.J. Simpson 813 1973

Jim Brown 787 1963

Jamal Lewis 742 2003

DeMarco Murray 670 2014

Murray’s 136 yards today extended his career-best 100-yard games in a single season to five

Murray had a career-best 31 carries today to mark the 16th time of his career that he’s had 20-or-more carries, and with the win today, the club improved to 15-1 when Murray has 20-or-more carries

Murray’s 31 carries were his fifth consecutive game with 20-or-more carries this season, establishing a career-high, while also tying the eighth-longest streak in team history:

Consecutive Games with a 20+ Carries – Dallas Cowboys

Player Games Dates

Julius Jones 11 11/21/04 – 10/2/05

Emmitt Smith 9 10/16/94 – 12/10/94

Emmitt Smith 9 9/4/95 – 11/6/95

Emmitt Smith 8 11/24/91 – 9/20/92

Herschel Walker 7 11/6/88 – 12/18/88

Emmitt Smith 7 9/12/99 – 10/31/99

Emmitt Smith 6 12/18/93 – 9/19/94

Emmitt Smith 5 10/10/93 – 11/14/93

DeMarco Murray 5 9/7/14 – 10/5/14

Murray failed to score a rushing touchdown in today’s game to end his streak of 100-or-more yards and at least one touchdown. Murray’s four straight to open the season made him the fourth rusher in league history – and second Dallas Cowboy – to do so


Tony Romo threw for 324 yards on 28-of-41 passes with two touchdowns and one interception today against the Texans

Romo’s 324 yards today allowed him to move into 37th place over Norm Snead (30,797) on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list

By throwing for over 300 yards, Romo notched his first 300-yard game of the season and the 45th of his career – most in team history

With two touchdown passes today, Romo improved his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 33 games – the longest streak in franchise history, the sixth-longest in NFL history and the second-longest active streak:

Consecutive Games with a TD Pass - NFL

Player Games

Drew Brees (2009-12) 54

Tom Brady (2010-13) 52

Johnny Unitas (1956-60) 47

Peyton Manning (2010-14) 43*

Brett Favre (2002-04) 36

Tony Romo (2012-14) 33*

Dan Marino (1985-87) 30

Ben Roethlisberger (2012-14) 30

Romo’s two touchdowns upped his franchise best total of multi-touchdown games to 70

Romo’s two touchdown passes today allowed him to break a tie with Carson Palmer (215) for sole possession of 26th on the NFL’s all-time touchdowns list

Romo had 28 completions to pass Rich Gannon (2,533) for 36th on the NFL’s all-time completions list

Romo’s 41 attempts allowed him to pass Terry Bradshaw (3,901) and Jim Harbaugh (3,918) for 49th all-time amongst league passers


Terrance Williams caught a 43-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to mark his third consecutive game with a touchdown reception, marking the second-longest streak of his career (four in 2013)


Jason Witten played in his 176th consecutive game today to tie Dale Hellestrae (176, 1990-2000) for the second-longest streak in team history. Bob Lilly owns the franchise record with 196 consecutive games played

Witten recorded 59 receiving yards in today’s game to give him 10,014 for his career, becoming the second Dallas Cowboy to reach 10,000 career receiving yards (Michael Irvin), the third tight end in the league and the 41st player overall in NFL history to do so. He did it in his 180th career game to become the second-fastest tight end to reach 10,000 career receiving yards:

Fastest TE To Reach 10,000 Rec. Yards

Player Games

Tony Gonzalez 177

Jason Witten 180

Shannon Sharpe 203

Witten’s 59 receiving yards allowed him to pass Eric Moulds (9,995) for 41st on the league’s all-time receiving yards list