Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith Hydroplanes for 237 Yards

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith Hydroplanes for 237 Yards

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The Dallas Cowboys regained a share of first place in the National Football Conference East on the same day that Emmitt Smith rejoined the NFL rushing race.

It was not a coincidence.

Smith did the impossible Sunday at Veterans Stadium when he outdid himself. Cowboys' fans who thought they had seen it all had never seen him rush for 200 yards. His 237 yards on 30 carries ended with a 62-yard touchdown romp in the rain that sealed a 23-10 Dallas victory.

Not only did Smith's final dash remove Tony Dorsett's 206-yard game against the Eagles from the Cowboys' record book, but it also gave Smith more yards rushing than Philadelphia's entire offensive output (228 yards). Despite sitting out the first two games and half the third, he has 549 yards rushing one week before the midseason mark.

"It was not a day to throw the ball. It was a day to sit back and let Emmitt do the job," wide receiver Alvin Harper said.

The Cowboys' No. 1-ranked passing attack all but disappeared as Troy Aikman managed 96 yards on nine of 19 passing. The Eagles had a little to do with that; the weather had a little more.

A persistent rain that occasionally became a downpour made for a slippery ball and awful footing. That limited the Eagles' passing game as well and made the run the safest means of travel. Philadelphia found success with its inside trapping style as Herschel Walker and Heath Sherman combined for 136 yards on 29 carries. Those totals kept the Eagles in the game. Smith's massive totals knocked them out of it.

"I'm happy, I'm tired, and I'm excited all at the same time," Smith said afterward. The Eagles were simply exhausted after losing their third in a row to slide to 4-3.

At 5-2, the Cowboys now are tied with New York, and the Giants go to Texas Stadium on Sunday with the winner grabbing sole possession of first at the midway point. …

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