DALLAS, OCT. 11 -- The Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the closest thing to a real NFL team, beat the Philadelphia Eagles, who are not even close, by 41-22 today, and the services of Danny White and Tony Dorsett were rendered just briefly at Texas Stadium.

A total of 40,622 came to see the Cowboys' home opener, the largest crowd at an NFL game since the strike began, and part of the draw was the promise that White and Dorsett might play for the first time since they crossed the NFL players' picket line and became available two weeks ago. Coach Tom Landry had said he might use them just to prevent them from getting rusty, despite Dorsett's controversial pleas that he did not want to play.

Dorsett, who was booed the first time he carried the ball, and White opened the second half in the backfield despite a 27-10 halftime lead, which came after the Cowboys (3-1) scored three touchdowns in just five plays in the first quarter. When Dorsett rushed for a 10-yard touchdown with 10:42 left in the third quarter to end his only series of the game, he was booed again.

"I wasn't surprised, I knew he'd get booed," Landry said. "We knew that would be the reaction. But he had to play. He needed to get in the ball game. They crossed the line and you have to take advantage of the material available."

Dorsett picked up 27 yards on four carries. He avoided the interview room after the game, but the Associated Press reported he told a reporter on the team bus: "I expected what happened; it's not the first time and it won't be the last. It really didn't concern me.

"I would prefer to do this {play} under different circumstances, but that's not the case. The longer the strike goes on, it's inevitable that I'd have to play. That's what I get paid to do."

White played two series, completing three of three passes for 59 yards, and was also booed. Both crossed the picket line last week in order to avoid forfeiting annuities in their contracts. Dorsett's past financial problems have been well-documented.

"That's the easiest 45 grand I ever made," White joked.

White reacted sharply to the boos, particularly on behalf of Dorsett, who is chasing Jim Brown as the NFL's second-leading all-time runner. Dorsett has rushed for 11,742 yards, and needs 570 to catch Brown.

"Any time you get booed, it bothers you," White said. "It's just something that goes with the job. But it was a strange feeling, and you hate to see it regardless of the situation. I personally don't think they have the right to boo Tony. He's been a very impulsive player on and off the field, but in my opinion he's the finest running back in the NFL and he doesn't deserve this treatment. I wouldn't call anybody a good Cowboy fan who booed Tony like that."

White's last series was a one-yard, one-play affair, as he handed off to Dorsett's replacement, Alvin Blount, for a touchdown just 24 seconds after Dorsett's. The Eagles' Reggie Brown had fumbled on first and 10 at his own 35 and linebacker Dale Jones returned it just short of to the Philadelphia goal line.

Blount, the former Maryland running back who was Dallas' ninth-round draft pick but was released during training camp, dove over for the second touchdown of his pro career to give the Cowboys an 41-10 lead. The first touchdown of his NFL career came in the first quarter, on an eight-yard run.

"It was incredible," Blount said. "I couldn't believe I was in the end zone and standing up. It was easy."

The rest was left to Kevin Sweeney, who completed eight of 14 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown and directed Dallas to the 21-3 first-quarter lead, as the Cowboys scored on their first three possessions.

The Eagles (1-3) got touchdown passes of 62, 13 and 13 yards from quarterback Scott Tinsley, who completed 24 of 34 for 338 yards. Dave Jacobs added a 40-yard field goal.

Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan said he was ready to take the Cowboys on with his regular players.

"Our offensive line did a super job when you consider who they were blocking," said Ryan, referring to Dallas starters Randy White and Ed (Too Tall) Jones, who played most of the game.