Final

Cowboys 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Jaguars 24

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 10, 2006

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 10 0 0 717
JAX 0 10 0 1424

Top Performers

Passing: D. Bledsoe (DAL) - 246 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: F. Taylor (JAX) - 21 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Glenn (DAL) - 4 REC, 81 YDS

T.O. KO'd in debut as Leftwich, Jags beat Cowboys

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Terrell Owens gave the Dallas Cowboys almost everything they wanted in the season opener: big plays, a touchdown and no surly behavior.

It was over when ...
Drew Bledsoe threw his third interception, getting picked off with less than a minute remaining and the Cowboys needing a TD to tie it.
Game ball goes to ...
In the winning effort, Byron Leftwich was 23-of-34 for 237 yards and a touchdown. In a losing effort, Terrell Owens sparked all three of the Cowboys' scoring drives -- including a 21-yard TD reception with 1:54 left that cut the Jags' lead to 24-17 -- in his much-anticipated Dallas debut.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Cowboys looked good in the first quarter, moving the ball against a tough Jacksonville defense. The Cowboys' offense did a nice job of mixing the play-calling, staying with the run and working the short, quick passing game.

The Cowboys' defense stuffed the Jaguars' offense early, but Jacksonville did not give up. The Jaguars worked on Dallas corner Anthony Henry on fade routes in the second half. The Jaguars' defense put pressure on Bledsoe, forcing poor throws and an interception that turned into Jaguars points. Dallas' defense was on the field too long.

The only thing missing was a victory.

Byron Leftwich threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, Fred Taylor had 115 combined yards and the Jacksonville Jaguars spoiled Owens' much-anticipated Dallas debut with a 24-17 win Sunday.

"I was hoping he wouldn't even score a touchdown," said Taylor, who also had a 3-yard TD run with 3:13 to play.

Owens made his presence felt early and late. It was just too early to hurt the Jaguars and too late to help the Cowboys.

He finished with six receptions for 80 yards and a score, but the Jaguars held him without a catch through much of the second half. Still, Owens keyed all three of Dallas' scoring drives, including a 21-yard TD reception with 1:54 to play that cut the lead the 24-17.

Jacksonville recovered the onside kick and was forced to punt. The Cowboys got the ball back with 51 seconds to play, but Drew Bledsoe's third-down pass was intercepted by linebacker Mike Peterson.

It was Bledsoe's third interception of the game and gave the Jaguars their ninth season-opening win in 12 seasons.

"Too many mistakes," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "We had our chances. We just couldn't get it all together there."

Dallas missed several chances, most of them early.

The Cowboys scored on their first two possessions -- a touchdown and a field goal -- and were looking to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. But Bledsoe overthrew Owens, who was wide open near the goal line.

The Jaguars kicked a field goal on the ensuing possession. Then, instead of running out the clock after a holding penalty with less than two minutes to play in the first half, Bledsoe tried to throw downfield and was picked off for the first time.

Four plays later, Leftwich found Reggie Williams in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown that tied the game. Williams appeared to push Anthony Henry's head down before the ball arrived, but officials didn't throw a flag.

"Once we let them hang around, we started making mistakes and that's the story of the game," said Bledsoe, who was 16-of-33 for 246 yards and was sacked twice.

Dallas had several other key miscues:

• Owens had a 25-yard reception negated in the third quarter by an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Anthony Fasano.

• Jason Witten had a 10-yard TD catch nullified by offensive pass interference late in the third quarter. He pushed Rashean Mathis just before the ball arrived.

• Shaun Suisham, subbing for injured kicker Mike Vanderjagt, missed a 36-yard field goal two plays after Witten's penalty. The kick bounced off the right upright.

"I don't like coming in and starting with a loss, but by no means are we down on ourselves," said Owens, who said all the right things following his debut.

Owens was the catalyst for all three scores.

He had two catches on Dallas' opening touchdown drive and helped set up a field goal on the team's second possession. He ran a simple slant pattern on Dallas' first play from scrimmage, beat Mathis and gained 13 yards. He jumped up, slapped Bledsoe's hand and returned to the huddle with a big smile.

On the next possession, Owens drew extra coverage that allowed Julius Jones to run wide open down the sideline for a 39-yard reception, setting up Suisham's 32-yard field goal.

"I thought he got us started pretty well early," Parcells said. "Made a big catch there at the end and gave us another chance. That's about it. It's disappointing. It really is."

Owens, benched by Philadelphia for the final nine games last season after griping about his contract and bickering publicly with quarterback Donovan McNabb, was released in March and signed with Dallas four days later. He missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury but vowed to be ready for the opener.

And he was, as the game started to look like it would become the T.O. Show. But the Jaguars adjusted and held Owens to just two catches in the second half while putting constant pressure on Bledsoe, who threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.

"He was not about to run out there on my Jaguar," defensive tackle John Henderson said, referring to Owens' famed pose on the Dallas star when he played with San Francisco.

Game notes


Jags defensive end Reggie Hayward tore his left Achilles' tendon and was lost for the season. ... The Jags looked like they had little trouble replacing five-time Pro Bowl receiver Jimmy Smith. Matt Jones caught five passes for 71 yards. Williams had six receptions for 47 yards. Ernest Wilford caught three passes for 58 yards. ... Dallas had nine penalties for 93 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
JAX
1st Downs1422
Passing 1st downs
914
Rushing 1st downs
46
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
6-155-13
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays5767
Total Yards323307
Yards per play5.74.6
Total Drives1313
Passing235229
Comp-Att
16-3323-34
Yards per pass
6.76.5
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-111-8
Rushing8878
Rushing Attempts
2232
Yards per rush
4.02.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-23-5
Penalties9-932-41
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
31
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:4834:12

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe16/332467.5132-11
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Leftwich23/342377.0111-8

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones17724.2123
Barber3134.308
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor21743.5110
Jones-Drew284.004

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Glenn48120.3051
Owens68013.3121
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones57114.2025
Wilford35819.3030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALJAX
dalTD8:13Julius Jones, 23 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yds, 3:57
70
dalFG5:40Shaun Suisham 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 2:03
100
SECOND QUARTERDALJAX
jaxFG8:59Josh Scobee 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yds, 4:50
103
jaxTD0:12Reggie Williams, 6 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 32 yds, 1:26
1010
FOURTH QUARTERDALJAX
jaxTD11:32Byron Leftwich, 3 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 4:58
1017
jaxTD3:18Fred Taylor, 5 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 40 yds, 2:41
1024
dalTD2:00Terrell Owens, 21 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yds, 1:19
1724