UNDATED (AP) - The starters looked good for Dallas, but there
was plenty of disappointing play after they left the field Saturday
night in the Cowboys' first preseason game.
The Cowboys lost 31-17 to San Diego, which scored 24 consecutive points after Tony Romo and Co. were flawless in their only series.
There were two Dallas turnovers that led to Chargers touchdowns and
three pass interference penalties that aided scoring drives.
San Diego went three-and-out on the opening series of the game.
Tank Johnson, who joined the Cowboys for the second half of last
season after serving an NFL suspension, had a quarterback sack on
Romo then completed all three of his passes for 33 yards and
Marion Barber - the clear-cut starter after Julius Jones left in
free agency - ran four times for 24 yards. Fullback Deon Anderson
capped the eight-play, 54-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge into the
Notes: There was no practice today, the first time since training
camp opened July 25 that the team wasn't on the field. ... The
Cowboys have only two practices left in Oxnard, Calif. They break
camp Tuesday and go to Denver for two days of workouts with the
Broncos before the teams play Saturday night. ... Rookie RB Felix
Jones, the team's first draft pick in April, had six carries for 32
yards and two catches for 29 yards. ... Miles Austin, in
competition to be the No. 3 receiver after Terry Glenn's release at
the start of camp, had five catches for 64 yards.
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