DeMarco Murray takes blame for first-quarter fumble

ARLINGTON, Texas – Sunday marked the first time in DeMarco Murray’s career that he carried more than 20 times and the Dallas Cowboys lost.

The Cowboys had been 11-0 in Murray’s previous three seasons when he’s had at least 20 rushing attempts in a game.

Murray finished with 22 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 28-17 season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Murray also caught three passes for 25 yards.

"He’s tough to bring down," Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams said. "For a receiver, to have a back like that, you want to block for him. He’s an outstanding runner."

"There were some glimpses of some good things we did, but we have to get better," Murray said. "You can’t dwell on this. It definitely hurts. A loss is a loss, and it counts now, but it’s a long season."

The Cowboys dug themselves quite a hole in the first half, turning the ball over four times. Dallas headed to the halftime locker room down 28-3.

Despite his solid day on the ground, Murray contributed to the turnovers, fumbling on the game’s opening series. San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver recovered and returned it 35 yards for the score.

"I definitely thought I was down," Murray said. "You definitely can’t let that happen. It gave them a huge spark. You can’t start the game off like that. That was all me. You just have to get down and not fight for extra yards in that situation. It was a bad play by me and you can’t do that."

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