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October 14, 2013

Griffin up, down in Redskins' loss at Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robert Griffin III displayed several flashes of that mobile, accurate quarterback that helped the Washington Redskins win the NFC East title during his rookie year.

Then there were the plays Sunday night that showed he's still trying to return to the high standard he set last season before major knee surgery.

Griffin had turnovers on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins returned from their bye week with a 31-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins (1-4) had 433 yards, more than doubling the 213 for Dallas.

Griffin completed 19 of 39 passes for 246 yards. He also ran nine times for 77 yards, after rushing for only 72 yards in the first four games.

But the Cowboys (3-3) had to go only 3 yards for a touchdown after Griffin's fumble. They also got an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown from Dwayne Harris, who added a 90-yard kickoff return to set up another score.

Griffin was under tremendous pressure when he was hit by linebacker Kyle Wilber, who reached in from behind and ripped the ball away as the quarterback went to his knees.

Two plays later, Joseph Randle scored from a yard out to put the Cowboys up 31-16.

When the Redskins got the ball back, Griffin had a 26-yard pass to Santana Moss and was trying to hit him again when the receiver was tripped up and fell down without a flag being thrown. Orlando Scandrick backpedaled for the interception and fell on his rear-end in the back of the end zone, barely in bounds.

Washington was coming off an early open date, and Griffin said he was rejuvenated and feeling great. And he looked it early.

RG3, who won the Heisman Trophy two years ago playing for Baylor only about 100 miles from the Cowboys' stadium, threw a 19-yard pass on his first snap and ran for 15 yards on the next play.

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