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Defense registers seven sacks

Posted Nov 18, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Browns defense registered seven sacks on quarterback Tony Romo on Sunday.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cleveland Browns registered seven sacks for 56 lost yards in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys in front of 81,936 fans at Cowboys Stadium Sunday afternoon.

It was their most sacks in a single game this season, one more than they registered in a 34-27 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 16, and the most since the Browns sacked Ben Roethlisberger eight times in a 13-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 10, 2009.

“We felt like, if we had any chance of affecting the outcome of the game, especially getting after Romo, we had to put pressure on him,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “I thought, at times in the game, and really throughout the game, we were able to get home and I think that’s very important for us moving forward.”

Defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin, Frostee Rucker, Juqua Parker, John Hughes and Jabaal Sheard each registered sacks, while linebacker Craig Robertson also collected a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on Romo. Defensive back Usama Young and linebacker Kaluka Maiava combined their efforts on a sack of Romo that resulted in a seven-yard loss in the third quarter.

Sunday’s game was Rubin’s first after he missed three of the last four due to an injured calf muscle.

In addition to the pressure on Romo, the Browns held the Cowboys to four of 14 in third-down situations and 63 yards rushing.

“I think our D-line played excellent today,” strong safety T.J. Ward said. “We finally got all of them back. The rotation was working very well with Phil (Taylor), Rube, all of them, Jabaal, Frostee, J.P. (Parker), they were monsters today and they really got after the quarterback, stopped the run. I was telling guys early in the game, ‘Man, I haven’t had any action because they're stopping the run so well.' I think that they played well.”