Austin seemingly runs miles to carry Cowboys
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Miles Austin looked nothing like a backup making his first career start.
Stepping in for injured wide receiver Roy Williams, Austin caught 10 passes for a Cowboys-record 250 yards and scored the winning touchdown in overtime to give Dallas a 26-20 victory yesterday over Kansas City.
In dooming the Chiefs to their 28th loss in 30 games, Austin erased the record of 246 yards that Hall of Famer “Bullet’’ Bob Hayes set against Washington almost 39 years ago.
“It’s a feeling that’s unbelievable,’’ Austin said. “It’s amazing. I never seen that coming today. I was ready today, but you never expect a huge game like that.’’
Austin’s tackle-breaking 59-yard catch-and-run from Tony Romo gave the mistake-prone Cowboys a 20-13 lead with 2:16 left. Then after Matt Cassel’s 16-yard TD pass to Dwayne Bowe tied it with 24 seconds to go in regulation, Austin got free on a 60-yard scoring play on Dallas’s second possession in overtime.
Kansas City (0-5) is winless for 315 days and has lost eight in a row at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs were nearly invincible during the 1990s.
“I thought the guys fought hard in all phases,’’ said coach Todd Haley. “I know the guys are hurting.’’
The Chiefs led most of the game but couldn’t take advantage of the many opportunities the Cowboys kept handing them.
Dallas (3-2) was penalized 13 times for 90 yards and Romo overthrew several open receivers. Other passes were dropped. Dallas also muffed a punt and missed a field goal attempt.
“Our guys fought the whole game but we didn’t do all the right things,’’ said coach Wade Phillips. “There are things we need to work on, but the bottom line is winning and guys coming through.’’
Late in the fourth quarter, Austin caught Romo’s pass, broke loose from cornerback Maurice Leggett and safety Mike Brown, and sped 59 yards to give the Cowboys their first lead.
Then Cassel swept the Chiefs down the field, hitting Bowe in the end zone on fourth and 7. Ryan Succop, who had a 53-yard field goal attempt blocked by Jay Ratliff right before Dallas’s last TD in regulation, kicked the extra point for the tie.
Romo was 20 of 34 for 351 yards and two TDs. Cassel, still winless since being traded from New England, was 23 of 41 for 253 yards.