Redskins plummet to 0-5 with 31-10 loss Cowboys have field day against hurting rivals

October 05, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- The Washington Redskins suffered perhaps their worst indignity of the season yesterday in falling to 0-5.

They were taunted relentlessly by Deion Sanders, picked apart by backup quarterback Jason Garrett, punished all afternoon on the ground by Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren and beaten badly, 31-10, by a less-than-artful Dallas Cowboys team.

Smith carried 28 times for 120 yards and one touchdown, and his backup, Warren, ran 14 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

It was the first time in 20 years the Cowboys (3-2) have had two players each rush for 100 yards or more in one game. The last two to do it were Tony Dorsett and Robert Newhouse in November 1978.

Warren, a product of nearby Burke, Va., put on a show for his family and friends in the fourth quarter when he pounded the reeling Washington defensive line 10 times for all 96 yards of an 11-play touchdown drive.

Warren lugged the ball nine straight times for 90 yards before Smith ran for no gain. Warren then finished it off with a 6-yard jaunt into the end zone.

The Cowboys had an easy day despite being penalized nine times for 60 yards, including a holding penalty late in the first half that nullified Sanders' 71-yard punt return for a touchdown.

This all happened in a game Redskins coach Norv Turner called a "must win."

When Turner was asked where his team stood after the loss, he responded: "That makes next week an even bigger must win."

But the Redskins are running out of chances and severely testing their fans' patience, having been embarrassed three times at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium this season by a combined score of 114-36.

In their latest display of unhappiness, some Redskins fans tossed hot dogs at the team as the players left the field, and one flashed a sign reading, "Na, na, na, na. heh, heh, Norv goodbye."

When the fans started their now-familiar chant of "Norv must go!" some Cowboys fans answered with, "Norv must stay!"

It was all part of a somewhat ugly ending to a game that was marred by penalties on both sides and poor decisions on offense and defense by the Redskins.

Washington's starting quarterback, Trent Green, a longtime third-stringer, took a big step toward returning to that status with a dismal second half.

Green repeatedly overthrew receivers by 5 yards or more and completed just six of 16 passes in the second half.

Green was given numerous opportunities by the Cowboys to pass his team back into the game, but nearly always came up short, prompting Turner to admit he was going to look closely this week at returning the job to Gus Frerotte.

"I've learned my lesson from the previous weeks," Green said, "when I tried to force the situation and threw interceptions. Sometimes, punts are better than an interception or a fumble trying to make something happen. I was just trying to put us in the best situation to win."

Green finished 13-for-29 for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Garrett was 14-for-17 for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Washington's defensive line was again burned, despite the presence of its two new big-time tackles, Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson. Also, cornerback Cris Dishman and the secondary continued to struggle.

And to make matters even worse for the Redskins, they lost starting fullback Larry Bowie for the rest of the season with a broken left fibula.

Pub Date: 10/05/98

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