Despite taking a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Dallas Cowboys waivered late, surrendering 17 points in the final frame to give the Oakland Raiders a 17-9 victory on Thursday night in Arlington.
In one of the more promising moments on the night for Dallas fans, David Buehler drilled a 42-yard field goal to take a 3-0 first quarter lead, which would stand through the half. He would add a 34- and a 28-yarder in the second half, completing what would be a perfect night for Buehler, before Oakland got started offensively.
The Raiders first struck with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Kyle Boller hit Nick Miller for a touchdown to cap a 13-play, 85-yard drive.
After a three-and-out by Dallas, Oakland took possession and drove to the Dallas 10, where Sebastian Janikowski hit a 28-yard field goal to take the lead, 10-9. Things would not improve for the Cowboys’ reserves.
Dallas took over after the kick-off and got to their own 37-yard-line before quarterback Matt Nichols was intercepted by Jerome Boyd, who, in the words of Trick Daddy, took it to the house for an Oakland touchdown. A second Nichols interception, on a Hail Mary as time ran out, would end the game.
More important than the final score of a preseason game, the Cowboys’ first team had a good showing once again, particularly the defense, which was downright oppressive at times; however, there were certainly some red flags. The first team offense once again struggled in the red zone, failing to find paydirt in two drives, and Tony Romo was sacked three times.
Dallas will face the Chargers in San Diego on Aug. 21.
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