Cowboys Crush Titans, 45-14

In a game that featured the return of Terrell Owens and the first NFL start of Tennessee rookie Vince Young, Drew Bledsoe and Terry Glenn hooked up on two 13-yard touchdown passes Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Titans 45-14.

Terrell Owens got all the attention. Terry Glenn scored the touchdowns.

In a game that featured the return of T.O. and the first NFL start of Tennessee rookie Vince Young, Drew Bledsoe and Glenn hooked up on two 13-yard touchdown passes Sunday and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Titans 45-14.

Owens did indeed play with his broken right hand protected by a plate and a glove only five days after his hospital visit for an accidental overdose. He caught five passes for 88 yards but also dropped a pass in the end zone he couldn't pull in with his injured hand.

"He caught a couple balls," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "You were there. What do you think? I was pleased with the offense."

There was added drama when Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth stomped on Dallas center Andre Gurode's face and was ejected. Gurode needed stitches above his left eye.

The Cowboys (2-1) punted only once and ran for 217 of their 369 total yards. Julius Jones ran 23 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.

"It kind of felt like college out there toward the end of the game," Jones said afterwards. "Everybody was getting in, everybody was scoring and everybody was getting to play."

Young looked very much the rookie as Dallas sacked him twice and intercepted him twice, with Bradie James returning the second 15 yards for a touchdown. Young also fumbled at the end of a scramble, which Dallas also recovered.

He finished 14-of-29 for 155 yards and ran five times for three yards.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher tried to keep his decision to start Young a secret, but it leaked out Saturday. The Cowboys were well prepared for the athletic rookie.

Young showed the flashes of potential that prompted the Titans to make him the No. 3 pick overall in April, scoring a 2-point conversion on a draw. He also found receivers under pressure. But playing behind a banged-up offensive line, Young couldn't escape on called running plays.

Dallas trailed only once - 3-0 - after Young guided the Titans to a field goal by handing off seven times on an 11-play drive.

Bledsoe rebounded by driving the Cowboys 80 and 55 yards on the next two possessions, which he capped by finding Glenn for a 14-3 lead.

Owens had fans chanting ``T.O., T.O.'' as the clock ticked down in the final minutes as he watched the Cowboys finish off the easy victory.

He had his chance at a touchdown just before halftime after pulling in a 46-yard catch down the left sideline. The 7-yarder he tried to grab with his right hand bounced out. An official behind the end zone initially ruled it a TD, and Owens started celebrating by bouncing up and down as he sat on the ground.

But another official overruled the call. Mike Vanderjagt then missed the 26-yard field goal, clanking it off the right upright.

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