- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

IRVING, Texas The Washington Redskins remain winless.
Letting victory slip away on a game-ending field goal by Dallas Cowboys kicker Tim Seder, the Redskins lost 9-7 last night before 63,941 at Texas Stadium and fell to 0-5 in the first season of coach Marty Schottenheimer.
The defeat was Washington's eighth in a row to the Cowboys (1-4), who recovered a fumble by Redskins running back Stephen Davis with 2:40 remaining and drove 58 yards for a 26-yard field goal as time expired.
"I'm not worried about 0-5," Schottenheimer said. "It's miserable. We are going to get better. We're growing. With the personality we're developing, we're going to win."
Making matters worse for Washington were potentially serious injuries to two starters, tight end Stephen Alexander and cornerback Fred Smoot, who went down in the first half with a sprained right ankle and an injury to the lower left leg, respectively.
Washington took the lead late in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown reception by struggling wide receiver Michael Westbrook. The pass from quarterback Tony Banks, who was cut as the Cowboys starter during training camp before signing with the Redskins, was one of few highlights from the NFL's last-ranked offense.
But Davis lost the ball on a run up the middle after helping the Redskins run almost four minutes off the clock. Dallas recovered, the play withstood a challenge by Washington and the Cowboys began the winning drive.
Westbrook's 31-yard touchdown came with 12:16 remaining. Davis began the drive with four rushes, including a 19-yarder that moved Washington into Dallas territory, and Banks connected with Westbrook on third-and-6. The catch, deep over the middle, was Westbrook's first of the game and only the 15th of the season for the supposed top wideout.
Seder hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:36 left to cut Washington's lead to 7-6. Dallas' drive had touchdown potential but stalled when linebacker LaVar Arrington got to Cowboys quarterback Anthony Wright on second-and-long. Wright's throwaway went into open space and he was called for intentional grounding.
Westbrook's touchdown followed a 52-yard missed field goal attempt by Seder on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was Seder's second miss of the game.
Prior to the scoring pass, Washington struggled badly on offense. One third-quarter possession began at the Cowboys' 48 after offensive penalties pinned Dallas deep in its own territory. But a holding penalty by left tackle Chris Samuels moved Washington back to its own 46 and two plays later Banks wasn't even close to Westbrook on a third-and-16 downfield attempt.
The Redskins' previous drive also looked promising when fullback Donnell Bennett turned a swing pass into a 30-yard gain. The play moved Washington to midfield six minutes into the second half. But tight end Walter Rasby committed a false start on first down, Davis picked up three yards on two carries and Cowboys corner Mario Edwards broke up a third-and-12 pass to Gardner.
Conway missed a 44-yard field goal to tie with one second left in the first half. The attempt was set up by a squibbed kickoff, which followed a Cowboys field goal, and two completed passes by Banks. The miss, wide right, was Conway's first of the season after making his first six attempts.
Dallas took a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the half. The score by Seder capped a 77-yard drive that made the Cowboys 5-for-5 in reaching Redskins territory during the half. Dallas' chance for a touchdown ended when Wright threw a third-and-4 attempt well over the head of tight end Jackie Harris.
The Cowboys' earlier penetrations across midfield ended in two punts, a missed field goal (41 yards with 6:19 left in the first quarter) and an interception by Smoot.
Washington's half was defined by the continued struggles of its offense and the injuries to Alexander and Smoot. The Redskins finished the half with 90 yards and five first downs (to Dallas' 202 yards and 14 first downs). Davis carried seven times for 35 yards, keeping him on pace for the 13 carries per game he averaged entering the contest.
Washington advanced twice into Cowboys territory. The first drive ended when Banks missed a third-and-7 pass to Gardner; the other, set up by Smoot's 36-yard interception return, went three-and-out after guard Ben Coleman committed a false start on first down.

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