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Cowboys backups struggle in 3Q

SAN DIEGO -- We're done with three quarters at the Murph and the Cowboys trail, 14-7, to the San Diego Chargers.

The second- and third-team units have stuggled here.

The Chargers took a 14-7 lead when running back Marcus Mason scored on a 4-yard run with 4:29 to play in the third.

But a closer look reveals that linebacker Leon Williams had a perfect shot at Mason but for whatever reason moved behind defensive end Marcus Dixon, who was getting blocked, instead of filling up the hole.

Williams did not have a good third quarter. He let fullback Mike Tolbert slip through his arms on a screen pass for a first down and he should have had an interception, but Brandon Williams, ran into him, forcing Leon Williams to drop the pick.

Safety Danny McCray struggled to make plays as well on the third-team defense. He was looking into the backfield on a Billy Volek 56-yard pass completion to Seyi Ajirotutu. McCray might have been needed to provided deep help for Cletis Gordon who got beat on the play.

Both tight ends, Martellus Bennett and DajLeon Farr, were called for false starts.

Safety/kick returner Akwasi Owusu-Ansah fumbled a kickoff but later recovered.

Jon Kitna had Patrick Crayton wide open along the Chargers sideline for a pass but it sailed so high, it made it difficult for Crayton to make the catch.

After three quarters, the Cowboys have been outgained by the Chargers, 293-99. However, Dallas is perfect in the red zone at 1-for-1.