ARLINGTON, Texas — Dwayne Harris and the Dallas defense were so good that Tony Romo didn’t have to do it all for the Cowboys.
Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return, helping the Cowboys hand Robert Griffin III his first loss in his home state with a 31-16 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Romo had just 170 yards passing a week after getting 506 in a wild 51-48 loss to Denver.
That’s because Harris had 222 total return yards and Kyle Wilber forced and recovered a fumble on a sack of Griffin that left the Cowboys needing just 3 yards for a clinching score in the fourth quarter.
“Dwayne did a fantastic job,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “Talk about making difference-making plays in the game.”
The Cowboys (3-3) gave owner Jerry Jones a win on his 71st birthday.
Dallas kept the defending NFC East champion Redskins (1-4) from building any momentum after a win and a bye following an 0-3 start.
Joseph Randle, playing because running back DeMarco Murray was out with a sprained left knee, got his first career touchdown after Wilber’s big play. He scored from the 1 when he stayed on his feet with a defender draped over him and was pushed into the end zone by center and fellow rookie Travis Frederick for a 31-16 lead.
Harris’ punt return gave Dallas a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, and the big kickoff return came after Kai Forbath’s third field goal pulled Washington to 14-9 in the third.