4:15 PM ET, November 23, 2006
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- For a three-play stretch Thursday, Tony Romo looked like a guy making only his fifth start after 3½ years on the bench.He threw low and inside on what could've been a long touchdown pass to Terry Glenn. On the next snap, he held the ball too long and got sacked. Then he came up short on a deep ball to a wide-open Terrell Owens.
Tony Romo tied a Dallas Cowboys record with five touchdown passes Thursday in a 38-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is the ninth five-TD passing game in Cowboys history, by six different quarterbacks. They are:
|Eddie LeBaron||at PIT||10/21/62|
|Don Meredith||vs. NYG||9/18/66|
|Don Meredith||vs. PHI||10/9/66|
|Don Meredith||vs. PHI||9/29/68|
|Craig Morton||vs. PHI||10/19/69|
|Craig Morton||vs. HOU||12/20/70|
|Danny White||at NYG||10/20/83|
|Troy Aikman||at WAS (OT)||9/12/99|
|Tony Romo||vs. TB||11/23/06|
He hardly misfired again.Romo went on to throw five touchdown passes, tying a Cowboys record and leading Dallas to an easy 38-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."I thought it was Aikman out there," Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said.Well, there was one difference: Troy Aikman needed overtime for the only five-TD game of his career. And Roger Staubach, the other Hall of Fame quarterback for the Cowboys, never did it.While it's tough to lump Romo in with those guys at this point in his career, it is no longer "ludicrous" to consider him being Pro Bowl-caliber, as coach Bill Parcells said earlier this week.
The Buccaneers played their first Thanksgiving Day game. The only current NFL teams never to play on Thanksgiving Day are the Saints (joined the NFL in 1967), Bengals (AFL, 1968), Panthers (1995), Jaguars (1995), Ravens (1996) and Texans (2002).
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The Cowboys hadn't scored a first-quarter touchdown in seven games until Romo's first TD. ... Tampa Bay quarterback Bruce Gradkowski went 10-of-20 for 120 yards with two interceptions. ... LB Derrick Brooks set a Tampa Bay record by starting his 184th game. The mark had been held by OT Paul Gruber. ... This was the ninth time a Cowboys QB threw five TD passes. The last was by Aikman in OT in the 1999 opener; the last in regulation was Danny White in 1983.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||6.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||5:42||Mike Alstott 1 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:42
|TD||13:51||Terry Glenn 30 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 62 yds, 3:51
|TD||3:27||Terry Glenn 2 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 48 yds, 4:15
|FG||8:22||Matt Bryant 46 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 43 yds, 4:55
|TD||14:30||Marion Barber Iii 1 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 74 yds, 1:28
|TD||5:05||Marion Barber Iii 2 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 82 yds, 5:05
|TD||8:30||Terrell Owens 7 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 35 yds, 2:31
|FG||5:00||Mike Vanderjagt 22 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 70 yds, 8:36