Cowboys Down Jacksonville, 28-25

The Dallas Cowboys ended the 2002 exhibition season with a 28-25 win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night. With the win, the Cowboys ended the preseason with a winning record (3-1) for the first time since 1989.

Quincy Carter led the Cowboys to 21 second-quarter points Thursday night to give Dallas a 28-25 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

Playing exclusively in the first half, Carter scored on a quarterback draw from 5-yards out and Billy Cundiff drilled a 42-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give the Cowboys a 21-2 lead going into halftime.

Carter finished the evening by completing 11-of-22 passes for 136 yards. "I thought he handled himself pretty well," Campo said of his starting quarterback.

"There are some things he can get better at, just like all young quarterbacks. Hopefully, we'll have an opportunity for him to grow during the course of the season, but I'm very pleased to get out of the preseason with a 3-1 record. Quincy has done a good job for us."

Jaguars' quarterback Mark Brunell continued a dismal preseason by completing only 4-for-11 passes for 33 yards. Without question, the holdout of all-pro wide receiver Jimmy Smith continues to the haunt the team.

"It's been frustrating out there," said Brunell in a post-game interview. "We just can't seem to get anything going, and that was the case again tonight."

The Jaguars were unable to muster anything on offense until backup running back Stacey Mack decided to take matters into his own hands midway through the 3rd quarter.

Mack provided a much needed spark as he scored on a 61-yard touchdown run against mostly 2nd and 3rd team players on the Cowboys defense.

Mack would also add a 5-yard touchdown run to pull the Jaguars within 5 at the start of the 4th quarter. He finished with 100 yards rushing on just 12 carries, but it wasn't nearly enough.

The Cowboys would answer Mack's touchdown runs with a 7-yard scoring strike from Chad Hutchinson to Jermaine Copeland. The Jaguars then added a one-yard touchdown plunge by Reggie White, but Dallas recovered the ensuing onside kick essentially ending the game.

Backup quarterback Chad Hutchinson finished the evening by completing 5-of-9 passes for 39 yards. Wide receiver Jermaine Copeland led the Cowboys' with 4 receptions for 57 yards.

Cowboys head coach Dave Campo said he liked seeing his team get out to the early lead. "I'm very pleased with the win. I think that's something our guys are starting to get the feel for. We did some good things in the first half, and most importantly we scored touchdowns and got out in front." Campo said.

"We won a close game on the road, and we're starting to get better on some things that we've focused on throughout the off-season and training camp."

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