Cowboys Fall Short

Dallas' 4th quarter rally falls just short, as the Raiders hold on for a 19-13 win.

LaMont Jordan was signed by the Oakland Raiders to be the feature back. On Sunday, he finally played like it.

Jordan established career highs with 26 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown while the defense held off a late charge as the Raiders posted their first win of the season, a 19-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Signed as a free agent after four years as a backup with the New York Jets, Jordan was held to 148 yards in his first three games with Oakland, including just 19 yards at Philadelphia last week.

"This was how I thought that I'd be used when I came here," Jordan said. "I've been conditioned to have games like this and hopefully we can get on top early again so I can keep running the ball, but either way it feels great to get a win."

The 230-pound Jordan became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Cowboys in 13 games. He gave the Raiders (1-3) a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter with a two-yard touchdown.

"Our team hasn't given up that much on the ground in awhile but you have to give them credit for pushing us backwards to get LaMont those yards," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said.

Sebastian Janikowski provided Oakland with the rest of its offense by making all four of his field goal attempts. The portly kicker had struggled through the first three weeks, missing all four of his attempts from beyond 30 yards. On Sunday, he connected on kicks of 49 and 43 yards in the fourth quarter.

"It felt good being a part of the big win today," Janikowski said. "I haven't had much success this year, but today I helped our team get a win. I didn't do anything different today than I normally do, except make kicks when they asked me to go out there."

Dallas (2-2) made a late charge after a slow start. Patrick Crayton turned a 10-yard catch into a 63-yard touchdown with 8:51 left in the game to cut the Cowboys' deficit to 16-13.

Drew Bledsoe, who completed just 11-of-26 passes for a season-low 212 yards and a touchdown with an interception, moved Dallas to the Oakland 3 with three shots at the go-ahead score. However, the Raiders stiffened on defense and held on for the win.

"Our defense has been great against the run all year long," Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "Our unit is coming together and making the plays that we need to when it counts."

"This was big for us to finish a game off," Raiders coach Norv Turner said. "We've been so close in the other games we've played, but just couldn't come out with a win. Today was finally our day to pick up a win."

Despite making four catches for 123 yards, Randy Moss was held in check for most of the second half by the Dallas defense. He caught a 79-yard bomb on the Raiders' opening possession, which led to Janikowski's first field goal.

"They came out and played lots of coverage defense," Turner said. "They were fairly disciplined, so we needed to run the ball and we were fairly successful."

Oakland's Kerry Collins completed 13-of-23 passes for 218 yards.

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