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TONY CORRENTE FACTS

This week’s referee is Tony Corrente, who last refereed the Dallas Cowboys’ 2010 finale in Philadelphia. Corrente has been an NFL referee since 1998 and has refereed two conference championship games (2000 NFC and 2009 AFC) and Super Bowl XLI. Since the year 2000, Corrente has refereed 8 games with the Dallas Cowboys, who have posted a 3-5 record:

2000 – MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 — L
2004 — NO, 13-27 — L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 — L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 — W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 — W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 — L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 — W

Oct 30, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL referee Tony Corrente (99) gestures during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have only ever had fewer penalties than their opponent once under Tony Corrente’s officiating:

2000 — MIN: 4/21; DAL: 5/45
2001 — SEA: N/A; DAL: 6/70
2004 — NO: 9/136; DAL: 11/76
2005 — Rams: 7/40; DAL: 10/78
2006 — WAS: 11/117; DAL: 9/90
2009 — CAR: 6/60; DAL: 9/80
2010 — WAS: 5/42; DAL: 12/81
2010 — PHI: 4/40; DAL: 6/45

Tony Corrente is infamous with Cowboys fans for calling Alex Barron’s hold on the game’s final play in 2010 Week 1 that erased Tony Romo’s touchdown pass to Roy Williams that would have won the game 14-13 pending the extra point.

Among referees who officiated a minimum of 12 games, Tony Corrente led the league last year in home winning percentage. Here are the top five:

Tony Corrente: .769
Ed Hochuli: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
Jerome Boger: .667
Clete Blakeman: .667

 

MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

The last time the Dallas Cowboys had a player rush for 100 yards at home in Week 1 was 1998 when Emmitt Smith rushed 29 times for 124 yards.

Quincy Carter and Drew Bledsoe were the two quarterbacks who managed to make consecutive Opening Day starts during the Cowboys’ quarterback carousel from 2000-06.

Barry Switzer is the only Dallas Cowboys head coach to have never opened up the season at home. He was 3-1 in Opening Days.

Scott Green has been the official at AT&T Stadium for the past two contests between the Giants and Cowboys. 2010 featured John Parry and 2009 featured Mike Carey.

Three Dallas Cowboys were born on the date 9/8:

Norm Wells, DT, 1980 — 9/8/57

Rod Barksdale, WR, 1987 — 9/8/62

Robert Lavette, RB, 1985-1987 — 9/8/63

Sunday will also be the 11-year anniversary of when the expansion Houston Texans beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 in Reliant Stadium. However, Dallas is 3-1 overall on 9/8:

1980 – @WAS, 17-3 – W

1986 – NYG, 31-28 – W

1996 – NYG, 27-0 – W

2002 – @Texans, 10-19 – L

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