'Boys Fall to Vikings, 23-14

The Dallas Cowboys ended preseason play with a 2-2 record after falling to the Minnesota Vikings 23-14 Thursday night.

If new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was hoping to go into the regular season with a little momentum, he is probably disappointed.

Entering without a touchdown pass in the preseason, Jackson played just one series Thursday, but the Vikings went on to close out the exhibition season with a 23-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

It was a tough preseason for the Vikings' offense, as the first string managed only a field goal against St. Louis in the opener. But rookie Adrian Peterson rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown in the second game.

Last week at Seattle, the team's lone touchdown came on an option pass from wide receiver Bobby Wade to backup tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

Against Dallas, the starters played just one series. Peterson ran once for two yards, and Jackson's lone completion on five attempts went to rookie wide receiver Sidney Rice for a 13-yard gain.

It was more time than Dallas' starters saw, however.

None of the Cowboys' key skill players saw action as Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, Julius Jones and Marion Barber III watched from the sidelines. Dallas' No. 2 wide receiver, Terry Glenn, again was not in uniform due to his injured knee and may not be ready for next weekend's season opener against the New York Giants.

One bright spot for Minnesota's offense was kicker Ryan Longwell.

Longwell missed a pair of field goals - including a 37-yarder last week - in the first three preseason games. In this one, he went 3-for-3, including a 47-yarder in the final seconds of the first half that gave the Vikings the lead for good, 17-14.

Not even listed on the Cowboys' depth chart at a punt returner, Jerheme Urban provided the biggest play of the night for either team when he took a punt by Chris Kluwe 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to start the scoring.

However, Urban's big impression did not last long, as he later lost a fumble after a reception near midfield.

Newly acquired quarterback Kelly Holcomb made his first appearance for the Vikings and led the team to a field goal on the first drive of the second half. The veteran had the offense moving again on the next drive before throwing an interception at the goal line.

Attempting to hold off Holcomb for the backup spot, Brooks Bollinger was 9-of-15 for 109 yards, including a four-yard touchdown pass to Rice. Holcomb finished 5-of-8 for 59 yards and the one interception.

In his return to Minnesota, Dallas backup Brad Johnson completed 5-of-7 passes for 44 yards.


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