IRVING, TEX., OCT. 19 -- The fans at Texas Stadium -- 60,612 strong -- noticed right away the replacements among the replacements.

Tony Dorsett and Danny White might as well have worn bull's-eyes on their jerseys.

"We had a couple of strangers in there tonight," Dorsett said.

For the first time in the era of replacement football, White started at quarterback and Dorsett at running back for the Dallas Cowboys in tonight's game with the Washington Redskins.

And the fans welcomed them with a vicious forked-tongue lashing.

The needle on the volume meter moved furthest when: Dorsett entered the game; Dorsett carried the ball; Dorsett fumbled (twice); White threw an incompletion (15 times); the Cowboys lost the game, 13-7.

Both players crossed the picket line two weeks ago. White was benched in the first two games in favor of Kevin Sweeney, who led the NFL in passing efficiency in his duration with a 109.3 rating. And Dorsett was inserted into the backfield after a knee injury to Alvin Blount, a rookie out of the University of Maryland.

But Cowboys fans are furious with veteran players. In a recent Dallas Times Herald telephone poll, 85 percent who phoned said they were in favor of only replacement players for the Redskins game.

Dorsett fumbled on the game's fifth play, which resulted in a Redskins field goal. His second fumble came also in the first quarter, the result of a heavy hit by Alec Gibson.

Dorsett finished with 81 yards on 19 carries -- not enough for Cowboys fans, especially against Redskins replacements.

"That's the mentality of our fans," said Dorsett. "I kinda expected it. It'll probably go on for a couple more weeks. But they're not paying the bills for me."

White heard chants of "We Want Sweeney" as he failed to lead the Cowboys across midfield until 12 seconds before halftime.

"That's one of the most difficult games I ever played," White said. "{The booing} doesn't make my job any easier." Said Dallas Coach Tom Landry: "We couldn't get anything going offensively. We had no continuity in the ball game."