Jaguars Hammer Cowboys 35-17

The Dallas Cowboys fell to 1-6 on the season with the thrashing by the Jaguars, losing at home for the fourth time this year.

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Jaguars Blast Cowboys 35-17, Dallas Drops To 1-6

(Sports Network) – David Garrard returned to the lineup to throw for 260 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Jacksonville to a 35-17 triumph over Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.

Garrard, who suffered a concussion in an October 18 loss to Tennessee and missed last week’s game, completed his first 12 throws on the way to 17-for-21 efficiency and added a touchdown on the ground for the Jaguars (4-4), who halted a two-game skid in which they were outscored 72-23.

Mike Sims-Walker made eight receptions for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns, Marcedes Lewis also caught two scoring passes and Maurice Jones- Drew carried 27 times for a season-high 135 yards as the visitors won for a sixth straight season heading into their bye week.

Derek Cox became the first Jacksonville player to intercept two passes in a game since Rashean Mathis did it twice during the 2006 season. Mathis also made an interception in the fourth quarter, the Jags’ franchise-record fourth of the day.

Jon Kitna, taking over for the injured Tony Romo, connected on 34-of-49 throws for 379 yards and a touchdown in his first start in over two years for the Cowboys (1-6), who have lost four in a row for the first time since the last four weeks of the 2002 season.

Jason Witten caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and Miles Austin added seven grabs for 117 yards while Marion Barber ran for only 16 yards and a score for the hosts, who are off to their worst start since dropping their first eight games en route to a 1-15 record in 1989.

Dallas scored first on a 34-yard field goal by David Buehler 4:14 into the contest before the Jags moved in front for good on their next possession.

Garrard hit Sims-Walker on a play-action pass in the back of the end zone from 10 yards away to cap a five-play, 63-yard drive that put the visitors in the lead with just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter.

Dallas started at its own 12 and moved to the Jags 29 before Cox intercepted Kitna at the 23 with 11 1/2 minutes to go in the first half. The visitors cashed in on the turnover and added to their lead with another TD.

From the Dallas 42, Garrard threw to Lewis, who made the catch at the 15, shed a tackle inside the 10 and found the end zone to make it a 14-3 game with 9:43 remaining before the intermission.

The Cowboys took over at their own 42 with 2:20 to go in the half and appeared poised to trim the deficit but wound up not scoring and going to the break down 11, the first time the Jags had led at the half this season.

On second down from the nine with 24 seconds left, Kitna scrambled and was taken down at the one prompting a timeout. The Cowboys then ran Barber up the middle but he was stopped inches shy of the goal line with nine seconds left. Dallas opted to go for it on fourth down but Barber was denied again. He bumped into Kitna on the handoff exchange and was halted inches short after trying to burrow his way to paydirt. Both of Barber’s runs were reviewed and both calls on the field were upheld by replay.

Jacksonville opened the second half with a six-play, 83-yard drive that was capped on a 15-yard scoring toss from Garrard to Mike Thomas, who caught a screen pass and weaved his way through traffic into the end zone. The march was highlighted by a Sims-Walker 29-yard catch and run followed by a 39-yard grab by Sims-Walker on a pass deep down the left sideline on the next play.

Following Cox’s second pick of the day, a diving stab on a pass in and out of the hands of Roy Williams, the Jags moved quickly to strike again.

Garrard rolled right from the nine and threw back across the field to Lewis, who made the catch in the end zone to extend the margin to 28-3 with nine minutes left in the quarter to finish a five-play, 33-yard drive.

Dallas finally found the end zone when Barber banged his way in from a yard out to finish an eight-play, 80-yard march with 12 1/2 minutes to play. Witten made catches for eight and 27 yards on consecutive plays to set up the score.

Mathis made his pick with a shade more than seven minutes to go in the game and brought it back 24 yards to the Cowboys seven. Three plays later, Garrard faked a handoff and scooted around the left side untouched into the end zone from two yards out.

The Cowboys then moved 74 yards on 13 plays to post their second TD of the day on an eight-yard toss from Kitna to Witten with just under 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.

Game Notes

Jacksonville leads the all-time series, 3-2…The Jags are 11-5 heading into their bye week…Lewis made two catches for 51 yards while Thomas made four grabs for 41…Linebacker Daryl Smith played in his 100th game as a member of the Jags, the 17th player in team history to accomplish that feat…Defensive back Don Carey left the game in the fourth quarter with a neck sprain suffered on a helmet-to-helmet hit for which he was penalized…Kitna’s last start came on October 5, 2008 as a member of the Detroit Lions…He became the first Dallas QB aside from Romo to throw for 300 yards or more since Drew Beldsoe accumulated 332 yards against Kansas City on December 11, 2005…Dez Bryant caught seven passes for 84 yards in a losing cause…Barber carried nine times…Felix Jones led the Cowboys with 22 rushing yards on eight attempts. Jacksonville returns to action November 14 at home against Houston while the Cowboys travel to Green Bay next week.

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Cowboys Vs. Jaguars: NFL Week 8 Capsules

Sunday's Week 8 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars pits two teams heading in the same direction - the same wrong direction. Both squads gave up more than 40 points last week, and both are mired in multi-game losing streaks. Here's a few facts and figures about the series history, as well as up-to-date 2010 stats for both teams.

SERIES

JAGUARS

COWBOYS

SERIES LEADER

Series tied, 2-2

 

STREAKS

2-2

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Del Rio: 1-0

Phillips: 2-0

LAST WEEK

L 42-20 at Chiefs

L 41-35 vs. Giants

LAST GAME

9/10/06: Cowboys 17 at Jaguars 24. Jacksonville erases 10-0 1st-quarter deficit & withstands late Cowboys rally. Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich throws for 237 yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/24/02: Cowboys 21, Jaguars 19. Dallas WR Joey Galloway has 7 catches for 144 yards & 2 TDs (43, 11). RB Emmitt Smith adds 73 yards rushing & TD.

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 153 (Jax.), 125 (Dal.). XM: 102 (Dal.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Garrard: 84-128-838-9-7-84.7 OR

Bouman: 18-34-222-2-2-68.5

Kitna: 16-33-187-2-0-86.3

RUSHING

Jones-Drew: 135-510-3.8-1

Jones: 60-264-4.4-0

RECEIVING

M. Thomas: 29-346-11.9-0

Austin: 36-524-14.6-2

OFFENSE

301.0

375.7 (2C)

TAKE/GIVE

-10

-2

DEFENSE

382.1

317.3

SACKS

Kampman: 4

Ware: 8 (T2L)

INTs

4 tied: 1

5 tied: 1

PUNTING

Podlesh: 43.0

McBriar: 46.0

KICKING

Scobee: 52 (13/13 PAT; 13/13 FG)

Buehler: 39 (15/15 PAT; 8/11 FG)

 

 

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NFL Week 8: Cowboys, Kitna Look For First Home Win

The Dallas Cowboys will look to get their disappointing season back on track this Sunday in Dallas as they host the 3-4 Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jon Kitna will start at quarterback for the injured Tony Romo. Romo suffered a broken clavicle which will not require surgery but will require a healing time of 6-8 weeks. While Dallas has yet to place Romo on injured reserve, it's unlikely that he'll return to the Cowboys this year.

Kitna last started since he was a member of the 2008 Detroit Lions - a team that went 0-16. Kitna completed 16 of 33 passes in relief of Romo on Monday night for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Dez Bryant in the loss to the New York Giants.

The Cowboys are still searching for their first home win in Week 8 - something that would have been inconceivable as training camp broke. Dallas had aspirations of playing in the Super Bowl - which would have been a home game for him since Cowboys Stadium will host Super Bowl XLV. 

The Jaguars will look to even up their record at 4-4 on Sunday. Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard is listed as probable for the contest. He missed the Jaguars' Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a concussion. 

While he may be considered a fantasy bust this season, the offense for Jacksonville will likely go through running back Maurice-Jones Drew, who has rushed for 510 yards and a touchdown on the season. Containing him and tight end Marcedes Lewis, who has 23 receptions for 275 yards and five touchdowns on the season, will be necessary if the Cowboys are to register their first home win of the season.

Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. CDT. Televised coverage can be found on CBS.

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