Romo sharp as Cowboys beat BengalsAug 25, 2013 - 3:24 AM Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw a pair of first half touchdowns and 137 yards on 13-of-18 efficiency, as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-18, on Saturday.
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin each hauled in a touchdown pass from Romo, with Bryant finishing with six catches for 54 yards. Austin had 59 yards on four receptions for the Cowboys, who will wrap up their preseason Thursday against the Houston Texans.
The Cowboys had an excellent three-headed rushing attack as well. Julius Randle ran for 66 yards on 16 carries, DeMarco Murray caught a touchdown and had 51 yards on 12 rushes and Phillip Tanner had 39 yards on 14 totes.
Andy Dalton ended 12-of-16 for 113 yards, but threw an interception with the Cincinnati offense failing to score in the first half while accumulating only 101 total yards of offense.
The Bengals' initial drive stalled abruptly when wide receiver Marvin Jones fumbled on the Dallas 5, however, their special teams were able to capitalize later on.
Dallas was forced to re-punt after Chris Jones' kick touched the scoreboard and Brandon Tate capitalized on the extra opportunity, with the return man taking Jones' next punt 75 yards the other way to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead.
Romo and Bryant got into rhythm and hooked up five times on the Cowboys' next touch, with Bryant's 5-yard touchdown catch putting Dallas on the board early in the second quarter. The Cowboys then jumped in front with 40 seconds to go in the half when Romo found Austin for a 12-yard score.
Cincinnati got a 28-yard field goal from Quinn Sharp after halftime to make it 14-10, but the Cowboys came right back. Murray ran eight times for 45 yards before hauling in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.
In the fourth, Josh Johnson connected with Cobi Hamilton for a four-yard score and then completed a pass to Ryan Whalen on the two-point conversion to cut Cincinnati's deficit to 21-18.
Dan Bailey, though, kicked a 26-yard field goal on Dallas' ensuing possession and Xavier Brewer picked off Johnson to secure the win.
- CINCINNATI: 18
Aug 24 11:03 PM
- Dallas Field Goal 26-yarder by Dan Bailey.
Bengals 18, Cowboys 24 4th - 0:52Aug 24 11:00 PM
- Cincinnati Touchdown - 4-yard pass from Josh Johnson to Cobi Hamilton. (Ryan
Bengals 18, Cowboys 21 4th - 7:01Aug 24 10:49 PM
- CINCINNATI: 10
End of 3rd
Aug 24 10:23 PM
- Dallas Touchdown 7-yard pass from Kyle Orton to DeMarco Murray. (Dan Bailey
Bengals 10, Cowboys 21 3rd - 2:57Aug 24 10:03 PM
- Cincinnati Field Goal 28-yarder by Quinn Sharp.
Bengals 10, Cowboys 14 3rd - 12:08Aug 24 9:49 PM
- CINCINNATI: 7
Aug 24 9:27 PM
- Dallas Touchdown - 12-yard pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin. (Dan Bailey
Bengals 7, Cowboys 14 2nd - 0:40Aug 24 9:24 PM
- Dallas Touchdown - 5-yard pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. (Dan Bailey kic
Bengals 7, Cowboys 7 2nd - 12:35Aug 24 8:51 PM
- CINCINNATI: 7
End of 1st
Aug 24 8:40 PM
- Cincinnati Touchdown - 75-yard punt return by Brandon Tate. (Mike Nugent kic
Bengals 7, Cowboys 0 1st - 3:45Aug 24 8:33 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Aug 24 8:09 PM
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