Long runs by Ravens crush Cowboys

The Ravens put away the Cowboys on Thursday night with two memorable fourth quarter touchdown runs — of 77 and 82 yards — that were the longest allowed in the history of Texas Stadium. Willis McGahee’s 77-yard touchdown run, his longest of the season,¬†gave the Ravens a 26-17 lead with 3:42 remaining. After the Cowboys answered with a touchdown, Le’Ron McClain’s 82-yard touchdown run on the Ravens’ next play from scrimmage brought the lead back to 33-24.

McGahee’s run tied the Cowboys record for longest TD run by an opponent in Texas Stadium; McClain’s broke it.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips appeared to be at a loss for words during his postgame press conference. He said that the Ravens caught the Cowboys in a run blitz on both scoring plays.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Phillips.¬†“They couldln’t run the ball on us the whole game, and we had two plays that broke our back when we were trying to fight back.

“I’ve never seen that happen in a ballgame like that where you had two runs that really crushed you.”

McClain finished with 22 rushes for a career-high 139 yards, while McGahee had eight attempts for 108 yards. It’s the first time in franchise history the Cowboys allowed two 100-yard rushers in a game.

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