3 Most Insane Dallas Cowboys Rushing Records

3 Most Insane Dallas Cowboys Rushing Records


The Dallas Cowboys have one of the richest histories in the NFL, but even by their lofty standards one position stands out the most.

From Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker to Emmitt Smith and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have spent most of their history with a premier player at the running back position. And with great talents like these, they've racked up some crazy records along the way.

Here are the three most impressive rushing records in Cowboys franchise history.

1. Fewest Carries for a 100-Yard Game: Herschel Walker (6)

Walker didn't just set this record by hitting 100 yards on the dot. He racked up 122 yards on just 6 carries in a 1986 contest with the Philadelphia Eagles. That average of 20.3(!) yards per carry may not even have been his most impressive stat from that game either. He also caught 9 passes for 170 yards.

2. Most Career Playoff Rushing Yards: Emmitt Smith (1,586)

Smith is not only the all-time Cowboys leader in playoff rushing, but he holds the NFL record with 1,586 yards, beating second-placed Franco Harris by 30 yards on 51 fewer carries. This also wasn't just a case of longevity for Smith, as he averaged 93.3 yards per game across 17 career playoff contests, doing so while averaging 4.5 yards per tote.

3. Most Rushing Yards in a Single Game: DeMarco Murray (253)

Maybe the most impressive thing about this record is that it's DeMarco Murray, not one of the Hall-of-Famers that holds the franchise single-game rushing record. Murray's 253 yards against the St. Louis Rams in 2011 were good for the ninth-highest total in NFL history. That blew away the former Cowboys record of 237, set by Smith in 1993. That's not the only place Murray surprisingly holds the top spot in the Dallas record book, either. His 1,854 yards in the 2014 season broke Smith's franchise single-season record of 1,773, which had stood since 1995.

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