Until the very end of the first quarter of Saturday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals, Dez Bryant had one reception for one yard. He was also the intended receiver on a play where the Bengals were called for pass interference.
Then came a 12-yard reception on a 2nd-and-9 play, giving Dallas a first down in Cincinnati territory.
Same drive: Romo to Bryant for 15 to the Cincinnati 26,.
Same drive (very next play): Romo to Bryant for 15 to the Cincinnati 11.
Same drive (very next play): Romo to Bryant for 5 yards to the Cincinnati 6.
Same drive (two plays later): Romo to Bryant on a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Bryant finished with 6 receptions for 54 yards, with five of those receptions coming on a total of seven plays. The Bengals did not appear to have any answers.
Tony Romo threw another touchdown to Miles Austin late in the first half to give the Cowboys a 14-7 halftime lead. Romo completed 13 of 18 passes for 137 yards with 2 TDs.
DeMarco Murray fumbled early in the game, and though he recovered his own fumble, Phillip Tanner had most of the carries for the rest of the first half.
Murray returned in the second half with backup QB Kyle Orton, the backup receivers, and the first-team line. He picked up 51 rushing yards and had a nice touchdown reception, juking several Bengal defenders after catching a pass in the flat on a 3rd-and-goal play from the Cincinnati 7.
The Bengals cut the Dallas lead to 21-18 in the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys put together a late drive to kill most of the clock. Xavier Brewer picked off a Josh Johnson pass with less than a minute remaining, giving Dallas its second interception and fourth turnover.
The Cowboys finish their preseason against the Houston Texans on Thursday night.