Peterson Fills the Stat Sheet, but Murray and Cowboys Get the Win
Two of the best running backs in Oklahoma history squared off in Week 9 as DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys hosted Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson posted the better numbers, tying a season high with 140 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and catching three passes for a season-high 37 yards, but it was Murray who got the last laugh as the Cowboys prevailed 27-23.
After missing two games due to injury, Murray returned to gain 31 yards on four carries, 27 of which came on this run in the first quarter, while also tallying 19 yards on six receptions.
Peterson had big runs of 16 yards and 52 yards on this run in the fourth quarter, but the biggest highlight of the game had to be his all-effort, 11-yard touchdown run on fourth down to put Minnesota on top 23-17 with just under six minutes to play.
Also in the game, tight end James Hanna caught a 21-yard pass for the Cowboys, while Phil Loadholt started at right tackle for the Vikings.
Hartley Nails Career-Long Field Goal
Now in his sixth season, New Orleans kicker Garret Hartley recorded the longest field goal of his career in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.
Hartley made a 55-yarder in the third quarter to bring the Saints’ to within 23-17. The kick surpassed a pair of 53-yarders he had last season. For his career, Hartley has now made six of his eight attempts from beyond 50 yards.
In addition, he also made a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to bring it to a one-score game.
In the same game, linebacker Curtis Lofton tied his season high with 12 tackles, equaling the total he had in week six, and wide receiver Kenny Stills caught three passes for 35 yards.
Defensive end Frank Alexander broke up a pass, made one tackle and recovered a fumble on the game’s final play in Carolina’s 34-10 win over Atlanta … Chris Chester, who opened a hole on this five-yard touchdown run , this 21-yard run and the game-winning play in overtime, started at right guard and Trent Williams, lead blocker on this one-yard scoring play, started at left tackle as Washington prevailed in overtime over San Diego, 30-24 … tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 33 yards, but Cincinnati lost in overtime at Miami on Thursday night, 22-20 … Gerald McCoy tied a career high with six tackles (also done in Week 4 of the 2011 season) while Davin Joseph started at right guard in Tampa Bay’s 27-24 loss at Seattle … Lane Johnson started at right tackle as Philadelphia cruised past Oakland, 49-20 … Stacy McGee made one tackle in the Raiders’ loss to the Eagles.
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Dominique Franks (Atlanta), offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) … quarterback Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) was inactive … Detroit (Travis Lewis), Arizona (Tony Jefferson) and Jacksonville (Jamell Fleming) were all on byes.