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Rypien Finally Gets Redskins a Victory, 35-17

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

Mark Rypien played 2 good games and had 2 losses to show for it.

But Sunday, he threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another to get his first pro victory as a starting quarterback while leading the Washington Redskins past the Dallas Cowboys, 35-17.

“This game gave me a lot of confidence and that’s what I’ve been working for,” Rypien said. “It has been frustrating the last 2 weeks knowing the games could have gone either way.

“Our defense was the key. When the defense gave it to us, we produced.”

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Kelvin Bryant caught 2 scoring passes from Rypien, ran for a touchdown and rushed for 118 yards for the Redskins.

Washington (3-3) turned 3 Dallas turnovers into touchdowns.

“This was one we had to have,” Washington Coach Joe Gibbs said. “We were in a hole and had to crawl out. We had some guys stand up for us today. We were due.

“I’m especially proud of (Rypien). Our offense did a great job. Bryant stepped up and played great and that’s what we have to have.”

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Rypien, making his third start since Doug Williams was injured, and Bryant, taking over at running back from Timmy Smith, made Dallas (2-4) pay for 3 first-half mistakes to take a 28-10 lead.

Rypien cut short a Cowboy comeback with a 24-yard, fourth-period scoring pass to Bryant.

Timmy Newsome’s 1-yard scoring run after Rypien’s fumble gave Dallas a 7-0 lead, but Rypien replied with a 13-yard scoring pass to Gary Clark.

Monty Coleman’s second-quarter interception positioned Washington for a 10-yard Rypien-to-Bryant scoring pass and Bryant scored on a 9-yard run after Alvin Walton’s interception to make it 14-7. Terry Orr recovered Kelvin Martin’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Dallas 23, and 2 plays later Rypien ran 19 yards for a score.

Steve Pelluer of Dallas threw a 35-yard fourth-period touchdown pass to Martin before he was replaced by veteran Danny White.


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