Cowboys Turn Back Texans

Dallas improves to 2-1 during the preseason after a 21-9 win over the Houston Texans.

There are no more questions about who is the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tony Romo threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Quincy Morgan as the Cowboys posted a 21-9 preseason triumph over the Houston Texans Saturday night at Texas Stadium.

"I didn't play a lot tonight," Morgan said afterwards. "But I made my plays count. Romo threw a good ball and I just reacted to it."

Romo, who is now entering his third year with the Cowboys, has had the upper hand over former baseball player Drew Henson for the backup job coming into the game. He all but locked it up after Saturday night's performance.

After Bledsoe played into the third quarter, Romo came on and completed 5-of-8 passes for 63 yards, including a two-yard touchdown pass to Morgan in the fourth quarter.

Drew Henson did not play.

Julius Jones had a 21-yard touchdown run and rushed for 50 yards on 10 attempts for the Cowboys (2-1). Tyson Thompson came off the bench to add 52 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Bledsoe went 11-of-18 for 113 yards.

"We couldn't get out of our way the first quarter. It was very frustrating," said Bledsoe. "But it was good to see the way our offense responded."

While Bledsoe moved his offense at times, it was a struggle for Texans quarterback David Carr, who went 7-of-19 for 52 yards and two interceptions on the evening.

Backup quarterback Tony Banks didn't fair much better, completing just 8-of-18 for 93 yards with a lost fumble that led to the Cowboys' second touchdown.

"We started a little slow here tonight, but I think our defense is improving a little bit," said Cowboys' head coach Bill Parcells. "I was happy we could win, we didn't really have a lot of time to prepare for this. We've got a lot of work to do."

Former Cowboy Reggie Swinton returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown for the Texans (1-2) to help make the game appear closer than it actually was.

Defensively, the Cowboys forced three turnovers, including interceptions by Terence Newman and Dat Nguyen and a forced fumble by rookie linebacker Kevin Burnett.

"I was glad we forced the three turnovers," Parcells added.

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