Thursday, August 11, 2011
Jason Garrett: It was nice to win
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jason Garrett won his first game as an interim coach last year and now he's won his first game as the full-time head coach in the preseason.
The Cowboys rallied to beat Denver, 24-23, on Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium, winning on a two-point conversion play from Stephen McGee to Martin Rucker with 15 seconds left.
McGee converted two fourth-down plays on the final drive to get the Cowboys within one point of the Broncos. The biggest play was a 13-yard touchdown pass to sixth-round pick, wide receiver Dwayne Harris.
"It was nice to win," Garrett said. "So many different things you're trying to accomplish in the preseason, but line one is you're trying to win games and trying to teach your team how to win."
The Cowboys got strong performances from some of their younger players including Harris. The rookie had two touchdown receptions, including turning a 2-yard pass into a 76-yard score in the fourth quarter for the tie, 16-16. Harris finished with five catches for 127 yards.
Undrafted rookie wideout Raymond Radway also had a touchdown catch, a 6-yarder, and Phillip Tanner, another undrafted player, rushed nine times for 44 yards.
Garrett also started two rookie offensive linemen, first-round pick Tyron Smith at right tackle and fourth-round pick David Arkin at guard. Garrett said Smith and Arkin didn't seem caught up in the moment.
"It was nice to see some of the young guys compete in the second half, both offensively and defensively and in the kicking game," Garrett said. "And and put that drive together and make a couple of plays to allow us to win, it was good for a lot of different reasons."