Cowboys shut out in Parcells' preseason opener

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Emmitt Smith ran the ball once for no gain,
caught an 11-yard pass, then watched from the sidelines as his old
team from Dallas fell flat in Bill Parcells' debut as coach.

Bill Gramatica kicked field goals from 40 and 27 yards, and
Kevin Kasper scored on a 35-yard reverse to give the Arizona
Cardinals a 13-0 victory over the Cowboys in the teams' preseason
opener on a sweltering Saturday night.

"I didn't quite expect as poor a performance as that,"
Parcells said. "We didn't really do much of anything."

Even though it was 110 degrees at kickoff and 107 at the start
of the second half, Smith barely broke a sweat in his first
appearance for Arizona.

He participated in the Cardinals' first three plays, then called
it a night.

"It was weird seeing the 'Blue' walk down the hallway without
me," Smith said. "It was the earliest I've ever played in
preseason. I got enough work tonight to make up for the past 13
years I missed."

The NFL's career rushing leader carried for no gain on the
game's first play. Then on third-and-10, he took a pass from Jeff
Blake and dodged a couple of Cowboys for an 11-yard gain and a
first down.

"I wanted to get loose and stretch my legs running," Smith
said, "but if I have to go out and catch the ball, I'll do that

Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis said that Smith's only catch was a
big one.

"I thought the tone was set in this ballgame on third down when
we swung the ball out there to No. 22," McGinnis said. "That's
what he's done his whole career. When you need nine, he gets 10.
When you need five, he gets six. That's what he brings."

The drive continued, with Blake completing passes of 13 and 15
yards to Kasper to set up Gramatica's first field goal.

Smith stirred up a controversy when he told Sports Illustrated
that he "felt like a diamond surrounded by trash" last season.
But he apologized repeatedly this week.

As the teams left the field at halftime, Smith had his arm
around ex-teammate Troy Hambrick on one side and Roy Williams on
the other.

"Yeah, I talked to a couple of the guys, but we didn't talk
about anything that was said the last couple of weeks," Smith

Then he added with a grin, "I think somebody else has taken
over as the loser this week."

It was a reference to New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey,
who was quoted in a New York magazine article as calling Parcells
"a homo" among other things.

When asked if he had anything to say about Shockey's comment,
Parcells said an emphatic and incredulous "No."

The Cowboys have lost 18 of 19 preseason games, while Parcells
is 41-17 in preseason games.

"That was very poor and I really don't have a reason why,"
Parcells said. "I tried to have them a little bit ready for the
game but quite apparently we weren't ready, so we'll try to do
better next week."

Neither Chad Hutchinson nor Quincy Carter stood out in the
battle for Dallas quarterback. Hutchinson started, completing
5-of-10 passes for 43 yards. He fumbled the ball away once. Quincy
Carter played from early second quarter to early fourth. He was
8-for-13 for 81 yards.

Blake, Jake Plummer's replacement for the Cardinals, was
5-for-11 for 52 yards. Backup Josh McCown was 9-for-18 for 81
yards. Neither was intercepted.

A Cowboys' turnover set up Gramatica's second field goal. Ray
Thompson stripped the ball from Hutchinson, and Arizona rookie
Kenny King recovered at the Dallas 32.

McCown fumbled a snap and Williams recovered at the Arizona 30
with 7:53 left in the half. The threat withered in a hurry when
Dallas was called for holding, then Carter lost 15 on a sack by
King. The Cowboys' third stringers made to the Arizona 10 late in
the game, but Tracy Romo's desperation shovel pass was picked off
by Quentin Harris at the 5.

Dallas' Terry Glenn was knocked woozy by a hit from Adrian Jones
and had to be helped from the field on Dallas' third play of the
game, but returned later in the first quarter. Cowboys' backup
cornerback Pete Hunter left with a fractured radius in the first

McGinnis was ecstatic about the hard-hitting effort from his

"This was absolutely a beautiful start to what I want to do
with this team," he said.

This preseason game, Wilson said, wasn't meaningless.

"We just wanted to come out there and set the tone for the
whole season, basically," he said. "People don't think that
preseason games are really important, but they really are. We can
build on stuff like this."


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