You can say one thing about Dallas Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray -- he certainly lives up to his word. During the week when there was a chance starter Felix Jones would miss Sunday's game, Murray said, “I’m ready. I’ve been working hard since I got here. I know the playbook and I’m mentally and physically ready.” Jones did indeed miss the game, and all Murray did was go out and set a team record with 253 yards rushing.
Murray did not even start -- Tashard Choice was the coach's choice. But just five plays into Dallas' first possession, Murray came trotting in, got the ball, and promptly scampered 91 yards for a touchdown.
But Murray was just getting started. In addition to shattering Emmitt Smith's club record of 237 yards, Murray's total was the second most ever by a rookie and the ninth best one-game total in league history.
"I never thought in a million years that I'd ever have a day like this," Murray said according to ESPN.com. "This is what I've been working hard for since my Pop Warner days."
Murray was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma. Prior to Sunday he saw only limited action this season, rushing for just 71 yards over the Cowboys first five games. But he is now sure to see plenty of action over the rest of the season.
By the way, the Cowboys beat the Rams 34-7, ending a streak of 11 games stretching back to last season that were decided by four or fewer points. Dallas moves to 3-3, St. Louis remains winless at 0-6.