Cowboys' run game struggles rank among worst

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys ran the ball 23 times for 38 yards in Sunday’s 16-10 win against Tampa Bay.

It tied for the 13th fewest rushing yards by the Cowboys in a game in their history. It was only the second time they have won a game when rushing for so few yards. The other was Nov. 2, 1987, when they had 26 yards on 24 carries in a 33-24 win against the New York Giants.

“I think the biggest thing is not getting behind the chains,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I think it goes to penalties and mistakes we made. When you are consistently behind the chains it makes it difficult. You are trying to survive in drives.”

The Cowboys did record their first rushing touchdown by a tailback in 10 games dating to last season when DeMarco Murray ran 11 yards for a first-quarter score. Murray’s 17 other carries would go for only 27 yards the rest of the day.