ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Wide receiver Nate Washiington #85 of the Tennessee Titans jumps to catch a 24 yard touchdown pass over cornerback Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Suffice it to say, it hasn't been the prettiest afternoon of Cowboys football, as the home team find themselves trailing the Tennessee Titans, 17-10, going into half.
Dallas' defense committed two costly pass interference penalties on their first series, and the Titans took advantage with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Nate Washington to give Tennessee an early 7-0 lead. Rod Bironas would add a 52-yard field goal to extend to Tennessee lead to ten before the Cowboys were able to answer.
When they did, it came in the form of a 51-yard field goal by kicker David Buehler. The attempt was set up by a crucial 28-yard reception by Miles Austin, one of the few instances of any offensive efficiency for Dallas in the first frame.
The second quarter saw more woes for the Dallas defense early. Tennessee opened the quarter with a far-too-easy, six-play, 67-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard Chris Johnson run and punctuated with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Young to Kenny Britt. After that, Dallas’ defense tightened up somewhat--the offense, however, remained stagnant until their final possession.
Roy Williams caught two consecutive passes on Dallas' last drive of the half to get the team back into the game, including the six-yard touchdown catch that brought the Cowboys back to within a touchdown. In all the drive spanned eight plays and 75 yards, 33 of which can be credited to Williams.
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