Colt McCoy

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

It was his first start since 2011, but third-string quarterback Colt McCoy played the game of his career in Washington’s NFL team’s overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17, on Oct. 27 in Dallas. Washington (3-5) upset their NFC East rivals, and snapped the Cowboys’ (6-2) six-game winning streak in the thrilling victory.

In Robert Griffin III’s absence, Washington head coach Jay Gruden announced his decision to start McCoy—a Texas native—over Kirk Cousins for the Monday Night Football matchup. McCoy was 25-of-30 for 299 passing yards, a rushing touchdown and an interception.

Washington’s defense blitzed Dallas quarterback Tony Romo all night, sacking him a total of five times. Romo left the game midway through the third quarter after a hard sack by linebacker Keenan Robinson. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett later confirmed Romo suffered a back contusion; he injured his back last season and required surgery.

Rolando McClain, Alfred Morris

Washington Redskins’ Alfred Morris (46) gains extra yardage on a run after escaping a tackle attempt by Dallas Cowboys’ Rolando McClain (55) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

A 45-yard reception by DeSean Jackson, who led all receivers with six receptions for 136 yards, put his team in the red zone, and set up McCoy for a quarterback draw touchdown. On Dallas’ next possession, backup quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten, who had five receptions for 70 yards.

A steady drive by McCoy and company brought Washington into field goal range with roughly two minutes left in the game. However, a delay of game penalty followed by a sack forced the team to punt.

Romo returned for the Cowboys’ final drive with 1:52 left in regulation. He nearly lost a fumble after a sack by Brandon Meriweather, and wasn’t able to score before the end of regulation.

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Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) watches his kick go through the uprights for an extra point during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Washington won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Washington started on offense in overtime, and McCoy led the team on a critical drive ending in a beautiful catch by tight end Jordan Reed at Dallas’ 29-yard line. Kicker Kai Forbath made a 40-yard field goal to give Washington’s NFL team the edge. Washington’s defense held the Cowboys on the following drive, ultimately winning the game.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had another monster game in the loss, accumulating 141 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards. It was his eighth-consecutive 100-yard game of the season.

Robinson led Washington’s defense with ten tackles, while rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland contributed six key tackles in the upset.

Washington travels to face the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.