Cowboys Remain Perfect in Preseason

The Dallas Cowboys' passing game looks just fine without Terrell Owens. Drew Bledsoe threw for 200 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys posted a 17-7 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

As expected, much of the focus on the Cowboys during training camp has centered around the temperamental Owens, who has battled a hamstring injury and missed all three preseason games.

The veteran receiver is hoping to be ready for the club's opener at Jacksonville on September 10.

Bledsoe, who was impressive in his first exhibition game last week, was again in this one as he completed 12-of-17 passes, including a 28-yard touchdown to Terry Glenn in the first quarter. The veteran quarterback is 24-of-33 for 358 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason.

Glenn also remained hot after a strong start in his first two preseason games, catching four passes for 98 yards.

"Terry's playing very well. I hope he can maintain it," said coach Bill Parcells. "He's a very smart receiver, very smart."

It also was a big night for Jamaica Rector, who made an excellent case for making the team by bringing in seven receptions for 80 yards.

Julius Jones carried 15 times for 56 yards and Marion Barber rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (3-0), who amassed 489 total yards.

Kicker Shuan Suisham, who made a 25-yard field goal on the game-opening drive, kicked for Dallas because Mike Vanderjagt was held out for a second straight game with a groin injury.

The Cowboys also were without left tackle Flozell Adams because of a bruised calf and safety Keith Davis, who had surgery Friday to remove a bullet from his right thigh. Davis was shot on a local highway in July.

Rookie tight end Vernon Davis, the sixth pick in April's draft, had a 15-yard TD catch in the third quarter for San Francisco (1-2).

San Francisco second-year quarterback Alex Smith went 9-of-14 for 93 yards with a touchdown and interception.

"We didn't play well," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Their first group outplayed our first group. It looked like last year where we'd run around trying hard but things wouldn't go our way. We'd like to start seeing better results."

Meanwhile, with the Cowboys 3-0 this preseason, Bill Parcells was once again pleased with the performance of his team.

"I was very pleased with the first-half play," he said. "Thought we did a good job coming out and moving the ball and hitting a couple of big plays. I think we are really making some progress."

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