Cowboys Fall to Houston

The Dallas Cowboys suffered their first loss of the preseason Saturday night to the Houston Texans.

Rookie Jacoby Jones scored two touchdowns, including one on a 91-yard punt return, to lead the Houston Texans to a 28-16 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night.

Jones also caught a 19-yard scoring pass from Matt Schaub 32 seconds before halftime to give Houston a 21-6 lead.

Dallas suffered its first loss in three exhibition games while Houston improved to 2-1.

"I didn't see many good things on our part tonight," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said. "As a team, special teams, offense, defense ... we didn't play well. We've got a lot of work to do. This is the first time we've been in a hostile environment and we didn't react well."

Jones' punt return came with 13:01 left in the first quarter and produced the game's first score. A third-round draft pick from Lane College, Jones returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown last week against Arizona.

After collecting just one first down and 17 yards of offense in the first quarter, the Texans (2-1) scored a touchdown the first time they had the ball in the second quarter.

Schaub's 6-yard scoring toss to Andre Johnson capped an 84-yard drive, highlighted by Ahman Green's 46-yard run for a 14-0 lead.

Schaub completed 12-of-16 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once.

Dallas got on the scoreboard when Tony Romo threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens in the second quarter, but Martin Gramatica's PAT was wide right, leaving Houston with a 14-6 lead.

"It was a situation where you play catch," Owens said about the score. "The play came open and Tony delivered the ball. And he let me do the rest."

Romo pulled Dallas within 21-13 with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten in the third quarter.

Romo completed 14-of-22 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Cowboys rookie Nick Folk kicked a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for a 21-16 score.

The Texans' last score came on a 17-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels to David Anderson with 2:57 to play.

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