Cowboys Fall to Arizona

In front a crowd of about 24,000 in Tempe, Arizona, the Dallas Cowboys struggled to find any sort of a rhythm in a 13-0 loss to Emmitt Smith and the Arizona Cardinals.

Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, last night looked all too familiar.

After putting on a dazzling display one week ago against the Houston Texans in mid-summer scrimmage, new head coach Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys came crashing down to Earth Saturday night in a 13-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Sure, it's the preseason, and most of these games are used to evaluate talent, but nobody walked away from Saturday night's contest feeling good about themselves.

Quincy Carter struggled- he completed 8-of-13 passes for 81 yards and an interception. With just over 1:40 left in the first half, Arizona's Nijrell Eason picked off a Quincy Carter pass intended for DeVeren Johnson in the endzone, ending the Cowboys' best scoring opportunity of the evening.

Carter also ran 5 times for 12 yards.

Starting quarterback Chad Hutchinson wasn't effective either- he completed just 5-of-10 passes for 43 yards. Both quarterbacks also fumbled and combined for a mere 145 yards on 41 total plays.

That's 10 total possessions between the two that produce exactly zero scoring drives.

The running game was also nonexistent. Starting running back Troy Hambrick managed -1 yards rushing on 4 attempts.

Former Cowboy Emmitt Smith had a nice first down run and a reception for 11 yards in his first game as a Cardinal. "This was the earliest I've ever played in the preseason," Smith said afterwards. "I got enough work tonight to make up for the past 13 years I missed in preseason play.

After two first-half field goals, the Cardinals extended their lead to 13-0 on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter with a 35-yard touchdown on a reverse by Kevin Kasper. The drive went 7-plays for 66-yards to provide the final scoring margin.

The Cowboys had not been shut out in a preseason game in 9 years. The old Houston Oilers beat Dallas, 6-0 back in 1994.

Other Notes
* The match-up between the Cardinals and Cowboys marked only the second preseason meeting ever. The first occurred 43 years ago in Dallas' inaugural 1960 season when the St. Louis Cardinals handed the Cowboys a 20-13 defeat in San Antonio, Texas.

* CB Pete Hunter suffered a fractured left radius Saturday and is expected to miss at least one month.

* CBMario Edwards got the start over 2nd year player Derek Ross along side rookie Terence Newman.

* The Cowboys converted on just 3-of-13 third down attempts Saturday evening.

Next Up
The Cowboys will Sunday off before practicing from 2-4:30 PM Monday at the Alamodome. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Boys will go back to two-a-days.

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