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ARLINGTON, Texas — With a 2-yard carry on the first series of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Ezekiel Elliott set the Dallas Cowboys‘ rookie record for most rushing yards in a season.

Tony Dorsett had 1,007 yards in 1977 in helping the Cowboys to a 12-2 record and a win in Super Bowl XII. Dorsett finished the season with 208 carries and had 12 rushing touchdowns to go along with 29 catches for 273 yards and one touchdown.

Elliott, the fourth overall pick in last spring’s draft, entered Sunday leading the NFL with 1,005 yards on 198 carries to go along with nine rushing touchdowns. He also has 18 catches for 250 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Only DeMarco Murray needed fewer games to reach 1,000 yards on a season in team history. He reached 1,000 yards in eight games two years ago. Emmitt Smith also needed nine games to reach 1,000 yards in 1995.

Elliott became only the third rookie in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards in nine games, joining Eric Dickerson (1,096 in 1983) and Adrian Peterson (1,081 yards in 2007). Elliott set an NFL rookie record with four straight games of at least 130 yards rushing earlier this season.

Elliott entered Sunday’s game just off the pace of Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 yards for the season.