Keenum, Yates throw for TDs, Texans top CowboysAug 30, 2013 - 3:12 AM Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Case Keenum and T.J. Yates threw a touchdown pass as the Houston Texans routed the Dallas Cowboys, 24-6, in the preseason finale from AT&T Stadium.
Keenum started the contest and completed 9-of-13 throws for 128 yards while Yates threw for 109 on 8-of-11 attempts. The two quarterbacks are battling for the backup job behind Matt Schaub.
Rookies Cierre Wood and Dennis Johnson ran for 107 and 79 yards, respectively, with the latter adding his first touchdown of the preseason and three fumbles, only one of which was lost. Ryan Griffin caught five balls for 87 yards.
Houston finished the preseason 3-1 and will open the regular season in San Diego on Monday, Sept. 9.
Alex Tanney threw for 177 yards and a pick on 17-of-31 passes for Dallas, which fell to 2-3 in the preseason. The Cowboys will meet the New York Giants in an NFC East clash on Sunday night, Sept. 8.
Johnson's five-yard touchdown scamper capped a six-play, 87-yard drive to put Houston up 7-0 after 15 minutes of play.
Dan Bailey put Dallas on the board with a 38-yard field goal midway through the second quarter before the Texans struck again, this time on Keenum's 27- yard pitch and catch with Lester Jean.
Randy Bullock's 39-yard field goal resulted in the only points of the third quarter, and Andy Cruse caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Yates on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth.
Bailey's second field goal of the night with 29 seconds remaining in the game capped the scoring.
Texans defenders sacked Tanney seven times while Dallas did not record a single sack.
- HOUSTON: 24
Aug 29 11:02 PM
- Dallas Field Goal - 29-yarder by Dan Bailey.
Texans 24, Cowboys 6 4th - 0:29Aug 29 11:00 PM
- Houston Touchdown - 21-yard pass from T.J. Yates to Andy Cruse. (Randy Bullo
Texans 24, Cowboys 3 4th - 14:52Aug 29 10:18 PM
- HOUSTON: 17
End of 3rd
Aug 29 10:14 PM
- Houston Field Goal - 39-yarder by Randy Bullock.
Texans 17, Cowboys 3 3rd - 11:43Aug 29 9:50 PM
- HOUSTON: 14
Aug 29 9:29 PM
- Houston Touchdown - 27-yard pass from Case Keenum to Lestar Jean. (Randy Bul
Texans 14, Cowboys 3 2nd - 1:47Aug 29 9:26 PM
- Dallas Field Goal - 38-yarder by Dan Bailey.
Texans 7, Cowboys 3 2nd - 5:04Aug 29 9:14 PM
- HOUSTON: 7
End of 1st
Aug 29 8:46 PM
- Houston Touchdown - 5-yard run by Dennis Johnson. (Randy Bullock kick).
Texans 7, Cowboys 0 1st - 6:37Aug 29 8:24 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Aug 29 8:09 PM
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