Texans can say what they will about their neighbors to the north and boo and hiss all they want during the Red River Rivalry, but the Dallas Cowboys ought to watch their tongues.
If not for Oklahoma legs Monday night, Jerry’s Boys would be 0-3 for the season.
Oklahoma State University product Dan Bailey once again launched footballs between the uprights and Felix Jones, a Tulsa Washington graduate, scampered for a career high 115 yards against the Washington Redskins. OSU’s Dez Bryant came back from an injured thigh to catch several drive-extending passes. The Cowboys won 18-16 despite QB Tony Romo’s own injuries and the team’s failure to score a touchdown.
Bailey accounted for all the Dallas scoring, connecting on six field goals, including the game-winner with under two minutes to play. In last week’s performance, Bailey tied the game against San Francisco with a field goal at the end of regulation, and then won the game in overtime.
Felix Jones suffered an injury in the San Francisco game, but came back strong on Monday night, catching three Romo passes in addition to keeping drives alive with timely breakaway runs.
Dallas threatened to score numerous times, but was unable to punch the ball into the endzone, even when facing a first-and-goal within the five yard line. Romo had trouble with accuracy – likely blamed on his broken rib – and saw several snaps from center sail past him.
Despite being named the nation’s top collegiate kicker last season, Bailey went undrafted. His field goals ranged from 41 yards to 23.
With the win, Dallas captures a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Redskins. The defeat of Washington gives the Cowboys a winning record to date, compared to a 1-7 start last year.