Rookie Barber runs wild; Arizona still dry in Dallas

By Times Staff
Published October 31, 2005

IRVING, Texas - All week, coach Bill Parcells stressed how important this game was for the Cowboys.

They got the message.

Rookie Marion Barber rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, and Dallas played one of its best all-around games, with a variety of scoring and no penalties.

"Bill challenged us a little bit, that this week was a little bit different than the others," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "The fact that our team answered that challenge, I think, says something about us."

The Cowboys stayed on pace in the jammed NFC East while the Cards lost their 14th straight regular-season game at Texas Stadium since 1989.

A 58-yard interception return early in the fourth by former USF standout Anthony Henry was the first defensive score for Dallas since Oct. 19, 2003, and eliminated any late drama.

Barber took over for Julius Jones (sprained left ankle), who missed his third straight game.

NOTABLE: Former Bucs linebacker Al Singleton broke his right collarbone and could be done for the season. ... Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin left with what appeared to be the same knee injury that forced him to miss six games last season. Coach Dennis Green said he likely tore the meniscus in his right knee, and that the former Florida State standout would have an MRI exam today.