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Cowboys-Redskins Tied in 1Q

September 19, 2000

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Chris Warren scored on a 76-yard pass from Randall Cunningham as the Dallas Cowboys overcame a tricky punt return started by Deion Sanders to forge a 7-7 tie with the Washington Redskins after one quarter Monday night.

Warren slipped behind Tyronne Drakeford on the left sideline and was all alone when catching the pass from Cunningham, who started a second straight week for the injured Troy Aikman.

Earlier, Champ Bailey ran 54 yards after taking a handoff from Sanders on a punt return, setting up a touchdown run by Stephen Davis.

Sanders, facing his former team for the first time, received the Cowboys’ first punt of the night on the 10 and broke left. Bailey took a handoff and ran toward the right sideline, moving to the Dallas 33 before finally being hauled down.

Six plays later, Davis scored from the 7 on a fourth-and-1 play. Newcomer Michael Husted added the conversion with 8:13 left in the period.

The Redskins won the toss and gained only 4 yards in three plays before punting. Starting from their own 26, the Cowboys got a first down on two runs by Emmitt Smith, then faltered and punted to Sanders.

The Cowboys were seeking to avoid falling to 0-3 for the first time since 1989, when they went 1-15. Their only win that season was a 13-3 upset of the Redskins on the road.

Washington was coming off a 15-10 loss in Detroit, a game in which Brad Johnson threw four interceptions and Sanders played what he called ``the worst game of my career.″

Earlier Monday, the Redskins signed Husted to replace the injured Bret Conway, who was placed on the inactive list. To make room for Husted, the Redskins released receiver Derrius Thompson.

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