Final

Redskins 26

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Cowboys 24

(3-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 28, 2008

Texas Stadium, Irving, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 17 3 626
DAL 7 3 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 300 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 21 CAR, 121 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 8 REC, 145 YDS

Campbell, Redskins hang on to serve Cowboys first defeat of season

Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- Jim Zorn will go down in history as the only Washington Redskins coach with a perfect regular-season record at Texas Stadium.

Better yet, the Redskins are going into October as a legitimate contender in the NFC East.

Fast Facts

• The Redskins have now won five of their last seven against the Cowboys.

• Marion Barber was held to just 26 yards on eight carries, and failed to score a TD for the first time this season.

• Santana Moss caught eight passes for 145 yards. He's averaging 105.3 receiving YPG this season.

• Tony Romo had 300 passing yards, his 13th career 300-yard passing game for the Cowboys, tying Troy Aikman for most in team history.

-- ESPN research

Jason Campbell threw two touchdown passes and Clinton Portis ran for 121 yards, leading Washington to a 26-24 victory Sunday that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first loss and made the toughest division in the NFL even more interesting.

The Redskins came in with consecutive wins since a lousy performance in the opener, but there were still questions about how good they were. Going on the road to beat one of the most talented teams in football certainly improves their perception. For now, at least, Washington has turned the NFC East into a four-team race.

"It feels good watching our players take these strides," Zorn said. "The football team believes in what we're doing and that feels good."

A few weeks ago, there was doubt whether Zorn was the right guy to replace Joe Gibbs. Now, he's off to a great start, including being 1-0 against Washington's biggest rival and ending a 1-for-12 skid at Texas Stadium. With Dallas moving to a new stadium next season, the only way he'll coach here again is if it's in the playoffs.

"I've always said this is going to be a process," he said. "We have to maintain our composure after this win, too. We're not going to the Super Bowl next week."

The Cowboys of course weren't either if they had won, but with a soft October schedule, fans saw this as a gateway to an 8-0 start and an early November showdown with the New York Giants. Now, Dallas has to fix a running game held to 44 yards, a passing game that worked hard to get big plays out of Terrell Owens and a defense that had too many players on the field during a critical play midway through the fourth quarter.

"The reality of it is, you have the opportunity to go 16-0 every year in the regular season, but that's not realistic," said quarterback Tony Romo, 1-3 against Washington and 22-6 against everyone else. "We're a confident bunch. I think we'll come back next week with a lot to prove."

Romo was 28-of-47 for 300 yards with three touchdowns, but wasn't able to move Dallas (3-1) as well as the stats suggest. Two of his best drives came in 2-minute drills, with the second -- an eight-play, 82-yard march that ended with an 11-yard touchdown to Miles Austin -- giving the Cowboys a chance for a stirring rally.

A field goal away from the lead, Dallas went for an onside kick with 1:42 left. The ball came up high and catchable for receiver Sam Hurd but he wasn't able to hold it, losing the ball out of bounds. The Cowboys were out of timeouts, so the game was effectively over, causing team owner Jerry Jones to grimace on the sideline; wherever Redskins owner Dan Snyder was, he was certainly celebrating.

"Everybody has to look at the Redskins in a different light now," running back Ladell Betts said. "This is a great team. We can beat anybody. We can play with anybody. We proved that right now."

Campbell was 20-of-31 for 231 yards, Santana Moss caught eight passes for 145 yards and the Redskins made it four straight games without a turnover on offense. Shaun Suisham was 4-for-4 on field goals, none longer than 33 yards.

Washington's defense held what had been the NFL's most-explosive offense to its fewest yards and points of the season. Marion Barber ran for only 26 yards on eight carries and Owens had seven catches for 71 yards, but none longer than 18. He did have a 10-yard touchdown catch that tied it at 17 early in the third quarter.

"It's no secret, when I get involved, we move the chains. When I don't, we're more stagnant in our offense," Owens said.

Campbell turned a 7-0 deficit into a 17-7 lead by picking on Dallas cornerback Terence Newman for a 3-yard touchdown pass to James Thrash, a 2-yard touchdown to Antwaan Randle El and a 53-yard strike to Moss that led to a field goal after Moss landed out of bounds on a third-down fade.

After Dallas tied it, Washington scored two touchdowns on its next series -- yes, two -- and neither counted because of penalties, both on center Casey Rabach. The Redskins wound up with another field goal, then Romo threw an interception, leading to yet another Washington field goal and a 23-17 lead.

Aiming for a go-ahead touchdown, Romo instead threw three straight incompletions to Owens on the next drive. Then Dallas' defense made a big third-down stop, but it didn't count because there were 12 men on the field. The Redskins again got a field goal, the one that put the lead out of reach.

"It's a reality check," Dallas cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones said. "Truly, I think we needed it as a team. ... It will all work out at the end of the year."

Game notes


Zorn challenged the opening kickoff of the second half because he thought Dallas' Anthony Spencer signaled for a fair catch before returning it. It wasn't reviewable, a good thing for Zorn because replays showed Spencer followed the rules. ... Moss' six-game scoring streak ended.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
DAL
1st Downs2221
Passing 1st downs
1416
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-156-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7058
Total Yards381344
Yards per play5.45.9
Total Drives1112
Passing220300
Comp-Att
20-3128-47
Yards per pass
6.76.4
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-110-0
Rushing16144
Rushing Attempts
3711
Yards per rush
4.44.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-62-3
Penalties5-303-15
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession38:0921:51

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell20/312317.5202-11
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo28/473006.4310-0

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis211215.8031
Betts11322.907
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber8263.3015
Owens2115.506

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss814518.1053
Randle El4369.0117
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Witten79012.9121
Crayton78712.4026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHDAL
dalTD0:35Jason Witten, 21 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:35
07
SECOND QUARTERWSHDAL
wshTD10:29James Thrash, 3 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yds, 5:05
77
wshTD5:33Antwaan Randle El, 2 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 3:19
147
wshFG1:56Shaun Suisham 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yds, 2:23
177
dalFG0:05Nick Folk 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 1:44
1710
THIRD QUARTERWSHDAL
dalTD12:33Terrell Owens, 10 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:34
1717
wshFG7:35Shaun Suisham 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yds, 4:55
2017
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDAL
wshFG10:51Shaun Suisham 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 29 yds, 4:24
2317
wshFG3:26Shaun Suisham 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 55 yds, 6:54
2617
dalTD1:48Miles Austin, 11 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 87 yds, 1:40
2624