McCoy Returns to Dallas as a Starter, Leaves Out as a Winner

QB Colt McCoy of Washington is flushed out of the pocket. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
ARLINGTON, TX - DPick from a handful of storylines:
 
The return of newly-minted (and possibly single game) starting QB Colt McCoy to Texas.
 
The punishment of Dallas QB Tony Romo that eventually led to Romo sprawled on the turf of Jerryland for minutes before having to exit stage left to the locker rooms (That would be through the sports bar, left at the dancing girls, right when you see the clowns and elephants.  You can’t miss it.)...
 
...Only to return in the 4th quarter after begging team doctors and the coaching staff to allow him to try to work some magic and add enhance the Legend of Romo.
 
Good possibilities for a lade, all.  But none so fair as the one that puts smiles across the District for weeks to come:  Washington beats Dallas.
 
Washington’s defense harassed Tony Romo, showing heavy blitz even on plays where they didn’t send heat, battering him into submission and, behind McCoy and DeSean Jackson the offense found opportunities against a Cowboys defense that had overachieved in previous weeks, to claim a 20-17 overtime win.
 
In his first game back in Dallas as a starter since his final collegiate game with the Longhorns, McCoy didn’t exactly steal RG3’s spot, but he did borrow some of his moves, extending plays with his legs, picking up key yards with those legs when needed.  McCoy also added a little McCoy too; finishing with 299 yards passing (25-for-30) and displaying a calm demeanor and steady hand in leading Washington’s key drives to give his team a lead late in the 4th and win the game in the extra frame.
 
With the game tied at 10 apiece in the 3rd, McCoy and company took possession of the ball with 4:03 remaining in the quarter and put together a 10 play drive that broke into the red zone on a 45 yard heave from McCoy to Jackson that was capped by a seven yard TD run on a gutsy 3rd and 7 call on a QB keeper play.
 
Brandon Weeden, in while Romo was being tended to in the locker room after a vicious hit on a blitz up the middle, connected with Jason Witten to knot the game again four minutes later.  Washington’s next possession showed some promise initially, but stalled just as the offense was approaching field goal range.  The drive saw 13 plays that took them from their own 20 to the Cowboys 32 with just one negative play (a -1 yard sack) before it ended on back to back plays for negative yards with a delay of game penalty followed by a sack on McCoy back at the Dallas 37 yard line to take the game to the two minute warning.
 
RB Alfred Morris of Washington tries to break a tackle. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
Romo returned for Dallas’ final drive of regulation and took a sack on his first pass attempt of the series before ending the series on an intentional grounding call on 3rd and 1 to bring up fourth down.
Washington won the toss in overtime and elected to receive.  McCoy found Pierre Garcon to open the drive with a 23 yard strike, then found Jordan Reed three times over the next five plays before the drive stalled out at the Dallas 22 yard line when Reed came up a yard shy of moving the chains.  Kicker Kai Forbath would put Washington ahead in the overtime sessin with a 40-yard field goal.
 
The Cowboys never stood a chance on the ensuing possession.  DeMarco Murray started the drive positively for Dallas with an 8 yard burst, but Washington stopped Murray for a loss on a swing pass on the next play, forced a Romo incompletion on a 3rd down attempt to Witten, and knocked away (and nearly intercepted) the 4th down attempt with Romo under pressure again.
 
Dallas fans will beat head coach Jason Garrett up all week about reinserting Romo, who clearly was not at 100 percent after the injury, in place of Weeden who’d completed four of his six attempts for a touchdown and 145.1 QB rating in relief.  Or why, on the critical 3rd and 1 late in the game, Garrett put the ball in the hands of Romo instead of league-leading rusher Murray, who had tremendous success in racking up 141 yards on 19 carries as the Cowboys averaged nearly 7 yards per carry as a team (Murray averaged 7.4 but also, lost a fumble).
 
Meanwhile, in Washington the only question on the minds of fans right now is “I wonder if it’s appropriate to wear my ‘Eff Dallas’ tee shirt to work?”
 
GAME NOTES:
 
-  This was something of a bounce back game for running back Alfred Morris.  Morris finished with 73 yards and the team’s only touchdown after being held to just 29 yards against Seattle.  Morris has not yet registered a 100-yard game this season.

 - Clearly the Dallas gamelan was to pick on young cornerback Bashuad Breeland.  Which, honestly, wasn’t a bad strategy considering Breeland’s uneven play over recent weeks.  Except Breeland was having no part of it tonight.  He was all over the field and came up with two huge breakups that should have been interceptions, including the one that sealed the victory.
 
-  Including the two near misses on interceptions, Washington had six opportunities at turnovers.  The Cowboys also had four fumbles.  Washington did get their hands on two, but imagine if they’d grabbed one or two more of those close ones.this could’ve gotten a little ugly.

 - The Washington coverage teams were outstanding and punter Tress Way was super accurate when he needed to be.
 
-  Washington won’t have to worry about going 0-6 against the division again.  Phew.  Feels good, right?
 
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QB Colt McCoy runs the offense. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Cowboy's Dez Bryant is tackled from behind. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Andre Roberts of Washington tries to haul in the pass. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Roy Helu Jr. of Washington gets some running room. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Cowboy's Tony Romo is sacked. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
QB Colt McCoy runs the Washington offense. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Pierre Garcon of Washington catches the ball. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
RB Alfred Morris of Washington tries to break a tackle. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Jordan Reed of Washington makes an acrobatic catch. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Jordan Reed of Washington stays inbound after catching the ball. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Washington's Alfred Morris gets a touchdown. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
Washington's Colt McCoy runs to the end zone. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
The Cowboy cheerleaders perform during a break in play. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
The Cowboy cheerleaders perform during a break in play. Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 27, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
 
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