Hambrick Arrives in Style

Preparing to play the man who taught him everything about being a running back, Troy Hambrick arrived to Sunday's showdown with Arizona being chauffeured in a white Bentley.

But the "ride" didn't give Hambrick quite the ride he wanted on the field.

Hambrick, the Cowboys' starting running back since Emmitt Smith departed for Arizona, carried 23 times for 59 yards, 48 in the first half. Last week he had a career-high tying 127 rushing yards against the Jets.

Arizona keyed on Hambrick and the ground game early, which opened up the passing game for quarterback Quincy Carter. It worked as the Cowboys had 190 passing yards before the intermission.

"Offensively, we want to establish a running game early," Carter said. "In the first series, they played the run tough, so we counteracted ... that can go both ways." But this wasn't the time for Hambrick, or his predecessor Smith, to shine.

"I thought Hambrick ran OK," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "I thought he could have run better at the end. The offensive line didn't execute quite as well in the second half."

Smith, who had six carries for minus-1 yard before being taken to the locker room because of a left shoulder sprain, was a mentor to Hambrick when they were together in Dallas.

"As a brother to Emmitt, he's taught me everything I need to know," Hambrick said. "But we went our separate ways as far as trying to compete against each other."

The two talked after the game, and Smith told Hambrick, "You're doing fine, keep your head up."

"Emmitt's always been a guy who gives good advice," said Hambrick, who has rushed for 299 yards this season.

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