Redskins' rally falls short, giving Cowboys win, 21-18

Washington drops to 1-2, last place in East with loss

September 28, 2004|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - The Cowboys held on last night to edge the Redskins, 21-18, after Washington completed a 46-yard pass play to the Dallas 23 but, having used all its timeouts, ran out of time to kick a potential game-tying field goal.

The Redskins made it close earlier in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Rod Gardner.

Dallas had scored earlier in the quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from running back Richie Anderson to Terry Glenn.

The Cowboys scored first after Washington cornerback Walt Harris was called for a 40-yard pass interference penalty for grabbing receiver Terry Glenn, placing the ball on the Washington 1. Eddie George bulled in for the score on the next play with 4:01 left in the first quarter.

Washington was trying to establish its ground game with Clinton Portis, who had been averaging 3.2 yards a carry since going 64 yards for a touchdown on his first carry as a Redskin. Portis carried 13 times for 58 yards in the first half.

Washington, which entered the game with three touchdowns in two games, was slowed in the first half by overthrows by quarterback Mark Brunell, and drops by receivers.

Dallas relied heavily on a short passing game to evade the blitz. Testaverde, who entered the game with consecutive 300-yard passing games, threw or tried to throw on his first five offensive plays, and Dallas did not attempt a running play until 6:45 remained in first quarter when Richie Anderson ran for 13 yards.

The Redskins put together a 91-yard scoring drive on their last possession of the first half, making it 7-3 on a 19-yard field goal by John Hall. Key plays included two receptions by H-back Chris Cooley, including one for 11 yards on third down that put the ball on the Dallas 39. A 20-yard pass to Laveranues Coles put the ball on the 1, but the Redskins could not punch the ball in for a touchdown on three plays.

NOTES: Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who had been questioned about not using a replay challenge on a play in Washington's opening game, successfully challenged a call in the first quarter, overturning an interception by Dallas cornerback Pete Hunter. Gibbs made his second challenge when Cowboys punt returner Dedric Ward muffed a punt but was ruled down, allowing Dallas to keep the ball ... Corey Raymer started for Lennie Friedman at center for the Redskins, who have been plagued by botched quarterback snaps ... Sean Taylor, Washington's top draft pick, made his first start of the season to try to bolster a defense that was without injured linebacker LaVar Arrington.

SUMMARY

Cowboys 21, Redskins 18

Dallas 7 0 7 7-21

Washington 0 3 7 8-18

First quarter Dal-George 1 run (Cundiff kick), 4:01.

Second quarter Was-FG Hall 19, :07.

Third quarter Dal-Witten 10 pass from Testaverde (Cundiff kick), 8:47.

Was-Gardner 1 pass from Brunell (Hall kick). :45.

Fourth quarter Dal-Glenn 26 pass from Anderson (Cundiff kick), 13:00.

Was-Gardner 15 pass from Brunell (Jacobs pass from Brunell), 4:30.

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