Safety Chad Williams became the latest member of the Baltimore Ravens to return an interception for a touchdown.
Williams picked off Vinny Testaverde and ran 44 yards for a
score as the Ravens overcame a fruitless first half to rout the
Dallas Cowboys, 30-10.
It was the NFL-high fourth interception return for a score by
the Ravens (7-3), who posted their season-high third straight
victory and fifth win in six games. They are off to their best
10-game start in franchise history.
Baltimore trailed, 3-0, before Kyle Boller tossed a 17-yard
touchdown to tight end Darnell Dinkins with 6:53 left in the
third quarter. It was Dinkins' first career TD catch.
On the next play from scrimmage, Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed
intercepted Testaverde at the Baltimore 35, and Boller connected
on a 31-yard TD to Kevin Johnson just over two minutes later to
open a 14-3 cushion.
"Actually, it wasn't a play that was brought in," Johnson said
of his catch on a slant route. "Kyle just said to run it. We
ran it, we executed and it was a good play for us."
Boller completed 23-of-34 passes for 232 yards without an
"We just executed," Boller said. "I saw the field well, the
receivers ran great routes, my offensive line did a fabulous job
of blocking today. They stepped up, big time."
It was Reed's third straight game with an interception and sixth
overall this season. He has returned two picks for touchdowns
and Deion Sanders - who sat out this one - had the team's other
return for a score.
"We all know where we're trying to go," said Reed, whose team
faces New England next week. "The coaches said 7-3 is the best
record the Ravens have had at this point, so we're excited.
We're definitely excited. We're not taking anything for granted
and we're enjoying it right now."
Williams' interception made it 24-3 with 10:42 remaining, and
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells decided to turn to rookie
quarterback Drew Henson for the first time this season.
"It was just man-to-man coverage," Williams said. "I saw Vinny
Testaverde scrambling and tried to cover my man (Keyshawn Johnson) as well as possible. ... I was fortunate enough to be
in the right place at the right time, and I could go to the
Parcells said he put Henson in because Testaverde had hurt his
"I have no idea (how serious the injury is)," Parcells said. "I
don't think it's terrible. It didn't seem like it was. We
On Henson's first play, defensive end Marques Douglas burst
through the line untouched and forced a fumble that teammate
Terrell Suggs recovered at the 1, and Chester Taylor scored on a
dive to make it 30-3 with 9:46 left.
"That usually always happens to a guy when he comes in,
something bad happens the first time he touches the football,"
Keyshawn Johnson said. "They fumble the snap, they get hit,
they get blitzed. For him, after that play, he kept his poise
and I guess he did well."
Henson came back to throw his first career touchdown, a one-yard
toss to tight end Jeff Robinson that capped the scoring.
"It's tough, you don't want (you chance) to be because of an
injury," Henson said. "But I had to go out there, forget about
the score. I had my chance to try and make a drive and try to
help us finish with something to work with. Just go out there
and play, that's what I'm trying to do."
Henson completed 6-of-6 passes for 47 yards for the Cowboys
(3-7), who have lost six of their last seven games. Testaverde
was 9-of-22 for 109 yards.
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, the NFL's leading rusher last
season, left with a sprained left ankle in the first quarter.
"He wanted to go (back in) but he also knew we were down to one
back," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "If he had to go, we
would have gone, but it wasn't prudent once we were able to take
control of the game."
Ravens receiver Travis Taylor became their all-time leading
receiver. His six catches increased his total to 196,
surpassing Qadry Ismail.
"It's all right," Taylor said. "(But) stats don't mean
anything. We're just trying to win games right now. That's the
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