The Norman Transcript

National Sports

September 10, 2013

Cowboys back up turnover talk with takeaways


IRVING, Texas —

Church never stopped moving. It was just like another practice.

“I’ve never been in a drill just to take the ball away,” said Church, who had his first career NFL touchdown. “Just take the ball away. Every play in practice we’re trying to take the ball away, so it helped us in the offseason and now it’s transferring over to the season.”

The Cowboys had three interceptions of Manning and forced two fumbles out of Wilson, who had just 19 yards on seven carries in what was supposed to be his first season as the starter. The Giants also muffed a punt when the ball hit Trumaine McBride while he was trying to block for the return.

But when the Giants held on to the ball, they moved it. Victor Cruz had three touchdowns and was one of three 100-yard receivers who helped New York erase most of a 17-point deficit. The Giants twice had chances to take the lead trailing 30-24 before Carr’s big play with 1:50 remaining.

“We’re up a couple of scores and you start to play a style of defense where you’re playing the game a little with the score relative to the clock,” coach Jason Garrett said. “They have weapons outside. They made a lot of plays.”

So did the Dallas defense, which also stuffed the New York running game. The Giants had 50 yards on 14 carries, a 3.6-yard average.

The Dallas defenders look like they will be a reflection of Kiffin, who speaks in a raspy whisper while keeping meetings with reporters brief and has a feisty side on the field.

Kiffin loved to raise his arms in an attempt to pump up the crowd during training camp, and would angrily throw down his hat when he saw things he didn’t like.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Scott says he will coach Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

    July 28, 2014

  • BoSox snap Rays’ streak

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games....

    July 28, 2014

  • The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline Hall of Fame class

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats....

    July 28, 2014

  • Telling The Boss, sorry

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Before he answered a question at the press conference following the Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony on Sunday, Joe Torre wanted to address someone he regrettably omitted from his speech....

    July 28, 2014

  • Wainwright bounces back to beat Cubs

    CHICAGO — When St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny visited the mound with two out and two on in the seventh inning on Sunday, he had no idea whether he was going to replace starter Adam Wainwright....

    July 28, 2014

  • A’s rout Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Texas — John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 Sunday night....

    July 28, 2014

  • Clark rallies in Montreal

    MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk....

    July 28, 2014

  • Isner wins another Atlanta final

    ATLANTA — Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela on Sunday to successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the 5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory....

    July 28, 2014