Cowboys
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35 - 31 Final
  for this game

Favre's backups unimpressive vs. Dallas

Sep 5, 2009 - 4:41 AM By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress was still steamed even 20 minutes after his team wrapped up the preseason against Dallas on Friday night.

After watching Sage Rosenfels and John David Booty each throw interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in a 35-31 loss to the Cowboys, the typically flat-lined coach let loose.

"At times it was embarrassing," Childress said. "I'll end up putting that on myself, not having them ready to come out of the locker room at halftime. All the quarterbacks I've ever coached have some regard for the football and you can't throw it to them."

That's not what Rosenfels or Booty wanted to hear less than 24 hours before final cuts were due on Saturday. They were likely competing with Tarvaris Jackson for two roster spots behind Brett Favre.

Jackson may have played himself onto the roster simply by not making a big mistake. He was 2 for 4 for 42 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Dugan, in about a quarter and a half of work.

"I'd love to be here, it's the only thing I know and I've been here for going on my fourth year," Jackson said. "If I stay here, I'd love it. But I understand that it's a business. I'm not going be mad or cry over spilled milk, I'm just going to move on."

Rosenfels went 7 for 15 for 115 yards. Booty was 7 for 13 for 85 yards. On back-to-back plays in the third quarter Rosenfels and Booty threw interceptions that the Cowboys returned for scores, infuriating the head coach.

Childress yanked Rosenfels after Patrick Watkins scored on a 23-yard interception return. But he was in again one pass later when Steve Octavien returned Booty's interception 44 yards for a score.

"It always seems like you want to take back one play and I wish I could take that one back," Rosenfels said. "It was just a bad play by me."

Favre and the rest of the Vikings starters did not play in the game, even though the 39-year-old quarterback hopped a flight from Mississippi to Minneapolis to join the Vikings just 17 days ago.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips rested Tony Romo and most of his regular starters, and it showed. Dallas turned over the ball four times, leading to 21 Minnesota points.

"Some are going to say it's not pretty and it wasn't," Phillips said.

Jon Kitna started and was 9 of 14 for 100 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. The Cowboys also gave up an 81-yard punt return for a score to Darius Reynaud and committed seven penalties.

Watkins was definitely a bright spot. The fourth-year safety scored on an interception, blocked a field goal and stuffed Rosenfels on a bootleg on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

"I had a feeling like I was going to have a good game, and I had a couple people send me text messages with predictions," Watkins said. "Someone predicted six tackles and an interception. Somebody else predicted eight tackles. So after that maybe I need more predictions to help me out."

Rosenfels could have used a couple of texts himself.

The Vikings acquired Rosenfels in a trade with Houston in February to compete with Jackson for the starting job. That all changed when Favre arrived in the Twin Cities on Aug. 18. He looked solid in three quarters against the Texans on Monday night, so Childress sat him to avoid risking a major injury.

Rosenfels signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension when he was traded to Minnesota, which might help his cause. He was 10 for 13 for 91 yards in his debut at Indianapolis. But he missed the second preseason game with an ankle injury and has been outplayed by Jackson since.

"I felt real comfortable out there and I thought I did a pretty good job executing the offense other than that one play," Rosenfels said. "I'm going to keep firing and that's what I did."

Dallas receiver Jesse Holley provided the winning margin when a punt by Chris Kluwe took a funny backward hop and landed in Holley's arms. He raced 82 yards for a touchdown.

"When the ball dropped right to me I thought, 'What the heck do I have to lose?"' Holley said. "If I fumbled it, what was the worst thing that was going to happen? They cut me. And if I kept it, what's the greatest thing that was going to happen? They keep me. So I just grabbed it."

NOTES: Vikings backup LB Erin Henderson left the game with a right leg injury. Childress said he did not have an update after the game. ... Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree left the game with a left eye contusion, but the injury is not considered serious. ... Dallas backup QB Rudy Carpenter played well, completing 12 of 18 passes for 125 yards and a TD.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 14 14 35
    MINNESOTA 7 14 7 3 31 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL KICK),

    Sep 4 11:18 PM


  • NFL
    DALLAS 35
    MINNESOTA 31 2:46 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    MIN BALL ON MIN 21 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 35, Vikings 31  4th - 2:46Sep 4 11:07 PM
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    Cowboys 28, Vikings 31  4th - 3:10Sep 4 11:03 PM


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    DALLAS 28
    MINNESOTA 31 7:15 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    MIN BALL ON MIN 14 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 28, Vikings 31  4th - 7:15Sep 4 10:58 PM
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    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 31 14:48 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    DAL BALL ON MIN 45 YD LINE
    2ND AND 7

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 31  4th - 14:48Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    DALLAS 14
    MINNESOTA 21 14:48 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    DAL BALL ON MIN 45 YD LINE
    2ND AND 7

    Cowboys 14, Vikings 21  3rd - 14:48Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 7 14:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    DAL BALL ON MIN 45 YD LINE
    2ND AND 7

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  2nd - 14:48Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 14 21
    MINNESOTA 7 14 7 28 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 14, Vikings 21  End of 3rdSep 4 10:56 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 7
    MINNESOTA 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL KICK

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  HalfSep 4 10:56 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 7
    MINNESOTA 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 0, Vikings 0  End of 1stSep 4 10:56 PM


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    RYAN LONGWELL 41 YD
    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 31 14:57 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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    TD MIN
    I JOHNSON 2 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 28 5:33 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 28  3rd - 5:33Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD DAL
    STEVE OCTAVIEN 44 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (NICK FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 21 12:25 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 21  3rd - 12:25Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD DAL
    PAT WATKINS 23 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (NICK FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 14
    MINNESOTA 21 14:54 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 14, Vikings 21  3rd - 14:54Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD MIN
    DARIUS REYNAUD 81 YD PUNT RETURN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 21 9:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 21  2nd - 9:12Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD MIN
    I JOHNSON 1 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 14 10:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 14  2nd - 10:40Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD MIN
    JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS JACKSON
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 7 7:06 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  1st - 7:06Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    TD DAL
    K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 0 9:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 0  1st - 9:01Sep 4 10:56 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 14 21
    MINNESOTA 7 14 7 28 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, KEVIN OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON
    KITNA (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays,
    71 yards in -. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 21  End of 3rdSep 4 10:51 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 7
    MINNESOTA 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, KEVIN OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON
    KITNA (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays,
    71 yards in -. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL KIC

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  HalfSep 4 10:51 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 7
    MINNESOTA 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, KEVIN OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON
    KITNA (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays,
    71 yards in -. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 0, Vikings 0  End of 1stSep 4 10:51 PM


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    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 31 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    MIN BALL ON DAL 24 YD LINE
    3RD AND 2

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 31  4th - 15:00Sep 4 10:42 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 14 21
    MINNESOTA 7 14 7 28 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 21  End of 3rdSep 4 10:42 PM


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    TD MIN
    I JOHNSON 2 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 28 5:33 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 28  3rd - 5:33Sep 4 10:20 PM


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    DALLAS 21
    MINNESOTA 21 12:19 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    MIN BALL ON MIN 21 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 21  3rd - 12:19Sep 4 10:02 PM


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    DALLAS 14
    MINNESOTA 21 14:46 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    MIN BALL ON MIN 24 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 14, Vikings 21  3rd - 14:46Sep 4 9:53 PM


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    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 21 15:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    MIN BALL ON MIN 20 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 21  3rd - 15:00Sep 4 9:49 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 0 7
    MINNESOTA 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL KICK

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  HalfSep 4 9:49 PM


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    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 21 9:05 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    DAL BALL ON DAL 40 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 21  2nd - 9:05Sep 4 9:08 PM


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    TD MIN
    I JOHNSON 1 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 14 10:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 14  2nd - 10:40Sep 4 8:53 PM


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    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 7 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    DAL BALL ON MIN 44 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  2nd - 15:00Sep 4 8:46 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 7 7
    MINNESOTA 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK), 5:59. Drive: 12 plays, 71
    yards in 5:59. DALLAS 7-0
    MIN - TD, JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS
    JACKSON (RYAN LONGWELL

    Cowboys 0, Vikings 0  End of 1stSep 4 8:46 PM


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    TD MIN
    JEFF DUGAN 36 YD PASS FROM TARVARIS JACKSON
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 7 7:06 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 7  1st - 7:06Sep 4 8:28 PM


  • NFL
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 6 7:06 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    MIN BALL ON DAL 36 YD LINE
    2ND AND 10

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 6  1st - 7:06Sep 4 8:28 PM
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    Cowboys 7, Vikings 0  1st - 9:01Sep 4 8:19 PM


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    TD DAL
    K OGLETREE 5 YD PASS FROM JON KITNA
    (NICK FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 7
    MINNESOTA 0 9:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 7, Vikings 0  1st - 9:01Sep 4 8:16 PM