Final/OT

Cowboys 26

(3-2, 2-1 away)

Chiefs 20

(0-5, 0-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 11, 2009

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 OT T
DAL 0 3 7 10 626
KC 0 10 3 7 020

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 351 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Choice (DAL) - 8 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Austin (DAL) - 10 REC, 250 YDS, 2 TD

Austin has 250 receiving yards, two TDs in victory

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miles Austin looked nothing like a backup making his first career start.

Stepping in for injured wide receiver Roy Williams, Austin caught 10 passes for a franchise-record 250 yards and scored the winning touchdown in overtime of the Cowboys' 26-20 victory Sunday over the winless Kansas City Chiefs.

Catching On

Miles Austin had almost as many yards Sunday as all of last season and in the process set the mark for most receiving yards in a single game in Cowboys history.

Player
Yards
Year, Opp.
Miles Austin 250 2009, KC
Bob Hayes 246 1966, WAS
Frank Clarke 241 1962, WAS
Lance Rentzel 233 1967 WAS

In dooming the Chiefs to their 28th loss in 30 games, Austin erased the record of 246 yards that Hall of Famer "Bullet" Bob Hayes set against Washington almost 39 years ago.

"It's a feeling that's unbelievable," he said. "It's amazing. I never seen that coming today. I was ready today, but you never expect a huge game like that."

Austin's tackle-breaking 59-yard catch-and-run from Tony Romo gave the mistake-prone Cowboys a 20-13 lead over the Chiefs with 2:16 left. Then after Matt Cassel's 16-yard TD pass to Dwayne Bowe tied it 20-20 with 24 seconds to go in regulation, Austin got free on a 60-yard scoring play on Dallas' second possession in overtime.

Each time, he broke the tackle of cornerback Maurice Leggett.

"It's very frustrating," Leggett said. "But we also have to focus on the bigger stuff so we can get better each and every day. Don't take big jumps and focus on getting 2 percent better every day."

Kansas City (0-5) is winless for 315 days and has lost eight in a row at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs were nearly invincible during the 1990s.

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"I thought the guys fought hard in all phases," said coach Todd Haley. "I know the guys are hurting."

Austin is the third Cowboys receiver when Williams is healthy. But he was unstoppable against the Chiefs, who led most of the game but couldn't take advantage of the many opportunities the Cowboys kept handing them.

"I just wanted to show people I'm ready to play. I wanted to show my teammates that I want to contribute as much as I can," he said. "I was able to do that."

Dallas (3-2) was penalized 13 times for 90 yards and Romo overthrew several open receivers. Other passes were dropped. Dallas also muffed a punt and missed a field goal attempt.

"Our guys fought the whole game but we didn't do all the right things," said coach Wade Phillips. "There are things we need to work on, but the bottom line is winning and guys coming through."

So has Austin cracked the starting lineup?

"We are going to try and keep him playing," Phillips said. "There is no doubt about that."

Fast Facts

• Tony Romo hit Miles Austin for a 60-yard touchdown in overtime. Austin finished with 10 receptions for 250 yards.

• The 250 yards receiving is a Cowboys team record, breaking Hall of Famer Bob Hayes mark of 246 from 1966.

• Romo threw for 351 yards, the 18th 300-yard game in his career.

• The Chiefs have lost nine straight games to NFC opponents. They are 0-5 for the first time since 1977.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Late in the fourth quarter, Austin caught Romo's pass, broke loose from tackles by Leggett and safety Mike Brown, and sped 59 yards to give the Cowboys their first lead of the day.

Then Cassel swept the Chiefs down the field, hitting Bowe in the end zone on fourth-and-7. Ryan Succop, who had a 53-yard field goal attempt blocked by Jay Ratliff right before Dallas' last TD in regulation, kicked the extra point for the tie.

Romo was 20 for 34 for 351 yards and two TDs. Cassel, still winless since being traded from New England, was 23 for 41 for 263 yards.

Romo said he noticed on the last play that the defensive back was "really tight on Miles."

"He tried to jump it, so I had to keep it outside a little more than you'd normally want to, but Miles did a good job of continuing to come back," Romo said. "If you take that chance as a corner, the possibility is there. I was glad to see Miles take off. It was really exciting and rewarding."

After Brown recovered Romo's fumble on the Dallas 16 in the second quarter, Mike Vrabel, a 13-year veteran linebacker, caught a 1-yard TD pass, giving him 11 touchdowns in 11 career catches.

The Chiefs won the coin toss and received in the overtime but failed to get close enough for a field goal attempt.

"You fight so long for that victory and it comes down to the wire and you end up losing. It's like it kills everything," said Chiefs defensive lineman Tank Tyler.

Game notes


Neither quarterback threw an interception. ... Umpire Bill Schuster left the field for several plays in the first half. Schuster was standing in front of the pile when Kansas City LB Tamba Hali rolled up on him from behind, knocking him flat. ... Cassel has thrown a TD pass in four straight games and gone 100 consecutive throws without an interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
KC
1st Downs2020
Passing 1st downs
1414
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
5-125-17
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays6174
Total Yards498304
Yards per play8.24.1
Total Drives1214
Passing348232
Comp-Att
20-3423-41
Yards per pass
9.95.2
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-34-21
Rushing15072
Rushing Attempts
2629
Yards per rush
5.82.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-2
Penalties13-907-50
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:0034:38

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo20/3435110.3201-3
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel23/412536.2204-21

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Choice89211.5136
Barber15533.5017
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson21371.8010
Cassel4287.0011

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Austin1025025.0260
Witten5479.4011
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowe57414.8120
Charles55410.8017

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERDALKC
kcFG14:18Ryan Succop 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:00
03
kcTD11:04Mike Vrabel 1 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yds, 2:19
010
dalFG1:52Nick Folk 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yds, 3:45
310
THIRD QUARTERDALKC
kcFG6:32Ryan Succop 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 4:46
313
dalTD2:36Tashard Choice 36 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 4:35
1013
FOURTH QUARTERDALKC
dalFG11:13Nick Folk 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 4:04
1313
dalTD2:27Miles Austin 59 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 64 yds, 0:53
2013
kcTD0:29Dwayne Bowe 16 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 1:52
2020
OVERTIMEDALKC
dalTD8:33Miles Austin 60 Yard Pass From Tony Romo
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 10:02
2620