Final

Cowboys 17

(2-1, 2-0 away)

Jets 6

(0-4, 0-2 home)

4:15 PM ET, September 28, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 0 14 0 317
NYJ 3 0 3 06

Another triumph for Parcells over a former team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Troy Hambrick went to Dallas coach Bill Parcells with a request. He wanted to help get the running game going.

Hambrick did that and more Sunday against the New York Jets.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Cowboys: Are you surprised in how the Cowboys have played in their last two games?
I would like to say that I wasn't, but I'm extremely surprised. Going into this season, everyone knew the defense was going to be the key for this team. And they've stepped up big time! Also, QB Quincy Carter had done a good job managing games and making the correct decisions.

Question on the Jets: Is there much Edwards can do before getting Pennington back?
Not really. This team is suffering from a lack of talent. The defense isn't playing well, the offense looks bad and Curtis Martin looks like he's on the downside of his career. This team is in trouble with or without Pennington.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

He ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries as the Cowboys racked up 202 yards on the ground and won 17-6, sending the Jets to their first 0-4 start since 1996.

Parcells, who coached the Jets from 1997-99, is 2-0 against his former teams this season. The Cowboys (2-1) beat the New York Giants 35-32 in overtime two weeks ago.

"You work hard to be Tuna's guy," Hambrick said. "I went to him and asked what else I could do to be one of your guys and get this running game going. He just said, 'Keep hitting it in there and 3 or 4 yards will turn into 10 or 20. Just keep working hard. You're doing the right things and saying the right things.'''

Hambrick, the starting back now that Emmitt Smith has gone to Arizona, tied his career high for yardage, set against Atlanta on Nov. 11, 2001. Of course, he had a relatively easy time against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league.

The Jets came into the game ranked 31 of 32 NFL teams in rushing defense, and Hambrick took advantage. In the second quarter, he converted a turnover into a 31-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead. Defensive tackle Chester McGlockton took full responsibility for the play because he was out of position.

"I made a mistake, and it cost us a touchdown," McGlockton said. "That started them rolling. It falls on my shoulders. It was a bad, bonehead play."

Things got worse for the Jets when Dallas converted another turnover into a touchdown just before halftime.

The Jets were driving with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter and looked as though they would score. Curtis Martin took the handoff at the Jets 20 and saw daylight to the end zone, but Roy Williams caught him from behind and caused a fumble at the 11.

The ball bounced into the end zone, where Darren Woodson recovered, and Dallas used its two-minute offense to perfection. Quincy Carter threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant on third-and-3 with 11 seconds remaining. Officials initially called the pass incomplete because it appeared Bryant only got one foot in bounds, but the call was changed after video review.

The Jets were booed off the field at halftime.

"We just have to find a way to manufacture some points and stop the run, or it's going to be tough sledding for the next 12 games," Jets coach Herman Edwards said.

They tried to rally but came up short. Following an interception in the end zone by Sam Garnes, the Jets drove down the field, but Curtis Conway dropped a pass on third-and-5 from the 20. Doug Brien kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 14-6 late in the third.

Trailing 17-6 with less than three minutes to go in the game, the Jets went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Dallas 10, but Vinny Testaverde threw a 2-yard pass to Wayne Chrebet, coming up short.

The Jets have scored three touchdowns in four games, and they couldn't muster much Sunday even though Testaverde's numbers looked good: 21-of-29 for 219 yards. The Jets made more of an effort to establish their running game but could not do much, and Martin had 20 carries for 64 yards.

Meanwhile, Dallas ran all over the Jets and had 119 yards on the ground in the first half alone. Former Jets player Richie Anderson finished with 37 yards on five carries plus four receptions for 46 yards.

"That's how you win in the NFL -- you run the football,'' Carter said. "When you can run the football, and I don't have to lift my arm -- I'd love to do that every game."

Things have gone wrong for the Jets in a hurry. In the week leading up to this game, Edwards and owner Woody Johnson got into a public spat. On Wednesday, Johnson said, "If you look at the talent on this team, it's equal or better than any team out there."

Edwards was upset Johnson commented on the team personnel. The two talked Friday and smoothed things over, but Johnson waited two days to clarify his comments. He said Edwards has his full support, and the coach's job is not in jeopardy.

Parcells believes Edwards can help the Jets turn their season around.

"I think Herman has been resilient as a coach with his team, and I think he'll do it again this year," Parcells said. "I'm hoping they can dig their way out."

Game notes


Dallas WR Joey Galloway had five catches for 100 yards, including a 42-yarder to set up the final field goal. ... Jets DE John Abraham had a half-sack and now has 30 career sacks. ... Testaverde overtook Dan Fouts for fifth in NFL history with 3,301 career completions.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERDALNYJ
dalTD13:00Troy Hambrick, 31 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 1:47
63
dal12:43
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 1:47
73
FIRST QUARTERDALNYJ
nyjFG9:30Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 37 yds, 5:20
03
SECOND QUARTERDALNYJ
dalTD0:16Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 0:46
133
FOURTH QUARTERDALNYJ
dalFG5:00Billy Cundiff 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 87 yds, 5:30
176
SECOND QUARTERDALNYJ
dal0:16
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 0:46
143
THIRD QUARTERDALNYJ
nyjFG0:49Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 5:41
146