QB Quincy Carter completed 11 of 23 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday afternoon in the Big Apple. Carter had a string of eight straight games of at least 200 yards passing stopped.
Carter may not have had his most effective outing of his career, but it didn't matter. The Cowboys running game was working for the first time this season. "That's how you win in this league, you have to be able to run the football effectively, and we did that today." Carter said afterwards.
The Cowboys finished the contest with 202 yards on the ground.
RB Troy Hambrick prepared for his meeting with former idol Emmitt Smith with a career-high tying 127 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard touchdown run.
"Some of my linemen said that I didn't have a 100-yard game in me, so I told them, 'I need you. Let's get the jokes out of the locker room and have a balanced attack today,'" Hambrick said after the game.
The joke ended up being on the New York Jets.
SS Roy Williams said he must step up and make plays last week. On Sunday, he made the play of the game, forcing a fumble on Jets running back Curtis Martin near the Cowboys goal line in the second quarter to stop a Jets score and pave the way for a Cowboys touchdown.
"That's what I'm here to do," Williams said afterwards. "I'm here to try and make and plays for this team and help us win football games."
RT Ryan Young was ruled out of Sunday's game right before kickoff because of continued knee swelling. Kurt Vollers stepped in and was solid in his first career start.
WR Joey Galloway caught five passes for 100 yards, giving him two 100 yards games this season and 18 for his career.
With Sunday's win in New York, the Cowboys have won two consecutive games on the road for the first time in 3 full years.
CB Derek Ross, who was expectd to play Sunday, did not. He was placed on the inactive list before kickoff. Other inactives Sunday: FB Erik Bickerstaff, OT Javiar Collins, DL Michael Myers, WR Randal Williams, WR Reggie Swinton, and QB Tony Romo.
FB Richie Anderson was a dual threat Sunday afternoon. The much maligned back was the second leading rusher on the team with 37 yards on just 5 carries. He also the second-leading receiver with 46 yards on four catches. Anderson, who gave what was called, "a very emotional" speech before the Cowboys hit the field Sunday, was awarded the game ball for his efforts.
In case you didn't know, Anderson had spent his first 10 seasons with the Jets.
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