Cowboys Beat Indy in Preseason Opener

IRVING, TX. - Tony Romo orchestrated two long drives to help lift the Dallas Cowboys a 23-10 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

Romo completed 10-of-11 passes for 93 yards on two drives, which both stalled inside the Colts' 10-yard line and resulted in field goals.

Peyton Manning played just one series, collecting 35 yards on 3-of-5 passing and leading Indianapolis to a field goal. His favorite target was Marvin Harrison, who hauled in two receptions for 34 yards.

Joseph Addai, who will be the feature back as a result of Dominic Rhodes' departure, rushed for five yards on two carries in limited action.

Marion Barber was the more successful of the Cowboys' rushing tandem, collecting 48 yards on 12 carries. Julius Jones gained 22 yards on six rushes.

Terrell Owens made just one catch for Dallas, gaining eight yards on the game's opening play.

Keith Davis's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter gave the Cowboys a 13-3 lead.

"It was a pretty good first outing for us," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said afterwards. "But we still have a ways to go. And we know that. But first preseason game and we didn't have any turnovers, I thought that was important. And we didn't have many penalties. So those two things were real positive for us."

The Cowboys held starting offensive tackles Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo out of the game for precautionary reasons following their recent return from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Defensively, newly signed safety Ken Hamlin and outside linebacker Greg Ellis were inactive.

Rookie Doug Free, who started at left tackle, left the game with a sprained knee.

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