DeMarco Murray’s 3 TDs lead Cowboys over Raiders, 31-24
By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer November 28, 2013 7:08PM
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Updated: November 28, 2013 7:09PM
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.