Monday, September 07, 2015

Houston Texans falter against Dallas Cowboys in final pre-season game of 2015

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

DALLAS, TEXAS (September 7, 2015) In their final pre-season game of 2015, the Houston Texans came up short against in-state rival Dallas and fell to the Cowboys by the score of 21 -14 at Cowboy Stadium in Irving, Texas on Thursday, 3, 2015. The game saw mostly unknown and last chance players on the field vying for a sport on the final roster for both teams.

The Texans went up 7-0 in the second quarter when quarterback Tom Savage threw a short right pass to Chris Polk for 16-yard touchdown. Randy Bullock added his obligatory extra point to close out the first half scoring. Polk caught four passes for 37 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 24 yards.

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The Cowboys answered the Texans score at the 11:39 mark of the third quarter when Savage was picked off by cornerback Corey White. Savage’s pass was intended for Jaelen Strong and was returned three yards for the Cowboy score. Dan Bailey split the uprights to tie the score. Dallas added seven more points 46 seconds later on a Gus Johnson 21-yard touchdown run. The score was bittersweet for Johnson as he was cut by the Cowboys on Sunday, September 6.

The Texans added a 16-yard touchdown pass from Savage to Keshawn Martin and a Bullock extra point with 11:49 remaining in the game. Seven minutes later, Savage was attempting a short pass to the right side to Kenny Hillard. The pass was incomplete and Savage was hit by Cowboy defensive tackle Davon Coleman, suffering a shoulder sprain. He will be out for several week.

The Cowboys added another seven points in the fourth quarter. The win was the only victory of their pre-season while the Texans posted a 2-2 mark. The Texans will kick off their 2015 regular season schedule on Sunday, September 13 with a 12 noon CDT match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium in Houston.

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