IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys took care of two chores in the same afternoon Sunday.
They not only won a football game but managed enough big plays to take care of their 1980 highlight film.
For the San Francisco 49ers, however, it was a lowlight _ and worse.
The only thing the two teams had in common was that they were both wanting to forget the game as quickly as possible.
Dallas drubbed San Francisco 59-14 (equaling its highest point production ever), thanks chiefly to the throwing arm of Cowboys quarterback Danny White and the inability of the 49ers to hold on to the ball. San Francisco took itself out of the game with 10 turnovers _ five interceptions by Steve DeBerg and five fumbles (two of them also by DeBerg).
'We were badly beaten in every facet by a very fine football team,' said San Francisco Coach Bill Walsh, whose team is now 3-3 after winning its first three games. 'But I have no excuses. We'll just try and forget this one and go on to our next opponent.'
The Dallas Cowboys are also looking forward to their next opponent _ the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom they are tied at 5-1 on top of the NFC East.
'We have to put that 59-14 out of our heads and go after the Eagles,' said Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin.
The Cowboys put San Francisco away early Sunday. Dallas scored on its first two possessions (and nine of its first 11) while the 49ers turned the ball over each of the first three times they had it.
Dallas ran up a 38-7 halftime lead with White throwing three of his touchdown passes in the first half _ all of them to Drew Pearson, who had caught only seven passes in the first five games of the season.
White's throws to Pearson were of 16, 22 and 17 yards. Ron Springs scored twice (on a 1-yard run in the first period and a 20-yard dash in the third quarter), Tony Dorsett ran in from the 2-yard line and Robert Newhouse scored from the 3-yard line. White's other touchdown pass was a 12-yarder to Billy Joe DuPree and Rafael Septien added a 26-yard field goal.
White completed 16 of 22 passes for 239 yards in three quarters of work and has been successful on 67.5 percent of his attempts this year.
DeBerg, meanwhile, connected on just 12 of 35 tries for 173 yards. He did throw two touchdown passes _ both to Dwight Clark _ of 52 and 19 yards.
'It's hard to find a lot of things positive about a game like this,' said DeBerg. 'It was a total team loss. A lot of it had to do with Dallas. We had a formation that was designed to try to confuse them, but what actually happened was that it confused me some.'
Dallas linebacker Anthony Dickerson intercepted two of DeBerg's passes while Charlie Waters, Dennis Thurman and Aaron Mitchell each got one. Five Cowboys _ D.D. Lewis, Bob Breunig, Ed Jones, Bruce Huther and Thurman _ recovered San Francisco fumbles.
'It was an unusual game,' said Cowboys Coach Tom Landry in a bit of an understatement. 'It wasn't what we were doing, but what they were doing and that's usually the way it is in a lopsided game.
'They were helping us tremendously. I hate to see a score lopsided like that, but there wasn't anything I could do about it. You can't take anything away from the guys in there. They have to show what they can do.'
The Cowboys made few mistakes and even when they did things worked out right.
On Dallas' first possession a third-down snap scooted between the legs of White, who was lined up in the shotgun formation. But White recovered the bounding ball and managed a 43-yard completion to tight end Jay Saldi. Four plays later, White connected with Pearson for the first touchdown of the day.
'When that happened,' said Landry, 'I knew it was going to be our day.'