- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After 30 minutes, the Cowboys lead, 10-7, but the Jets gained some momentum with a touchdown in the final minute.
Defense can't hold the Jets: It took almost 30 minutes, but the New York Jets finally scored after dealing with some boos from their own crowd at MetLife Stadium. Dustin Keller caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds to play in the half to cut the Cowboys' lead to 10-7. There was a coverage mistake on the touchdown as Keller was wide open in the back of the end zone. After the play, Bradie James and Keith Brooking were talking to each other about what happened. The biggest play of that scoring drive was a screen pass to LaDainian Tomlinson that went for 32 yards. Cornerback Alan Ball had a chance to make the tackle on Tomlinson but missed it.
Scandrick leaves with ankle injury: The Cowboys were already thin at cornerback, and Orlando Scandrick, who was starting for an injured Terence Newman, left the game with an ankle injury. He was carted off the field with about 10 minutes left. Alan Ball took over for Scandrick. The Cowboys were left with Bryan McCann, Mike Jenkins and Ball at cornerback for the rest of the first half.
Offense struggles: The Cowboys scored just three points on three possessions in the quarter. The Cowboys started two of their drives at the 9 and 7 yard lines, preventing them from getting room to work their offense. But the Cowboys' last possession of the quarter started at the 37. Tony Romo began the drive with a 12-yard completion to tight end Jason Witten, and Miles Austin got his first catch of the season, a 12-yarder with about 6:10 to play. Running back DeMarco Murray made his NFL regular-season debut and had one carry for zero yards. But more important, kicker Dan Bailey converted a 34-yard field goal with 4:47 to play to give Dallas a 10-0 lead.
Bryant slows down: After catching three passes in the first quarter, Dez Bryant was quiet in the second quarter. He talked smack to cornerback Darrelle Revis, and Romo threw a hard pass at him in the Jets' end of the field, but it was too high. It appeared the Jets rolled some coverage toward Bryant to slow him down.
Ware with two sacks: Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, the NFL's sack leader last season, had two sacks in the first half and two knockdowns of quarterback Mark Sanchez. Ware left the game briefly, for Alex Albright, but he wasn't hurt. The Cowboys want Ware fresh for the fourth quarter and in a close game. It looks like a good idea.