Dallas kicker Dan Bailey then added a field goal with 2:17 to play to add to the lead, and going into the fourth quarter, the Cowboys are in front of the Panthers, 13-7.
Carolina tallied its only score of the game with time winding down in the second quarter on a five-yard pass from Cam Newton to Brandon LaFell.
Through three quarters, Romo has teamed up with Austin and Jason Witten five teams each -- Austin for 97 yards and Witten for 33. Carolina, meanwhile, has 89 rushing yards on the game, 64 of them from Newton. Dallas has a total of 46 yards on the ground, 38 coming from Felix Jones.
If the Cowboys can hold on through one more quarter, they would snap a two-game skid, heading into a home matchup with the Giants next week. Dallas beat New York in Week 1 on the road.