And while he drew cheers for catching his first pass, but the biggest surprise Thursday night at Texas Stadium was the final score: a 10-10 tie with the Minnesota Vikings.
Kicker Mike Vanderjagt, the other big offseason acquisition for Dallas, missed field goals of 32 and 33 yards in overtime, forcing a rare preseason game without a winner or loser.
"I have no idea what happened," Vanderjagt said afterwards. "They were obviously horrible. Not enough work, I guess. But I don't make excuses for missing two 32-yard field goals in the middle of the field."
Backup quarterback Tony Romo, who before the game got a contract extension through 2007 and a $2 million signing bonus, was 30-of-45 for 349 yards and two interceptions - both in the end zone.
He also threw a two-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in regulation.
Minnesota (2-1-1) outplayed Dallas in the first-half battle between starters, taking a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Brad Johnson went 11-of-13 for 135 yards with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Robinson, and the Minnesota defense came up with two interceptions deep in its territory.
Owens made his Dallas debut on the ensuing drive and played another series after that. He was on the field for 19 plays and caught the only ball thrown his way, a 6-yard sideline route from Romo.
"It felt good to run around and be with the guys," Owens said. "Nice to get my hands on the ball. We had some opportunities and we didn't connect."
Owens and Drew Bledsoe were together for only one series.
On their third play, Bledsoe fumbled a snap and took a blow to the head after recovering the ball and diving for a first down. He wasn't the same after that, getting pressured out of throwing deep to Owens, then tossing an interception to E.J. Henderson on a botched play.
Bledsoe then watched the second half in street clothes, going to the locker room with about five minutes left in overtime.
But even before Bledsoe got dinged, he struggled for the first time this preseason. He was 2-of-3 for 14 yards.
Minnesota cornerback Dovonte Edwards, who started in place of injured Fred Smoot, hurt his right arm early in the game and didn't return.
The Vikings also got a 24-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell.
Cowboys, Vikings End Up Tied
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