Oakland 19, Dallas 17: Late Turnover Hurts Cowboys

The Cowboys took a 17-16 lead over the Oakland Raiders early in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ second preseason game on Friday evening. The defense then did its job, forcing a three-and-out after the Raiders returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards.

However, rookie B.W. Webb could not handle the punt and fumbled, giving the ball back to the Raiders. Oakland’s Eddy Carmona kicked a 23-yard field goal that turned out to be the game-winner, as Oakland beat the Cowboys 19-17.


The fumble was one of several mistakes made by the backups in the second half. Both of the Cowboys’ turnovers happened in the second half, and both let to points. The first mistake was Nick Stevens’ interception on the Cowboys’ opening drive of the second half. The pick led to a Raider field goal.

The loss ruined Tony Romo’s preseason debut. He completed  6 of 8 passes for 88 yards. Kyle Orton was also sharp, completing all 6  of his attempts for 52 yards and a nice touchdown throw to Cole Beasley.

The starting defense looked very good.  Sean Lee forced a Matt Flynn fumble on Oakland’s opening drive of the game. However, the Cowboys stalled on the resulting drive, as the team went backwards and had to settle for a field goal.

Romo also directed a good drive late in the first quarter, finding Dez Bryant on gains of 26 and 15 yards. However, the drive stalled, and Oakland blocked Dan Bailey’s field-goal attempt.

The defense had a difficult time stopping the Raiders’ offense when Terrelle Pryor entered the game. The Dallas back-ups did not appear ready to stop the read-option.

On the other hand, rookie J.J. Wilcox was able to end a long Raider drive when he picked off Pryor in the end zone. The Cowboys turned around and drove 80 yards for a touchdown to take a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Dallas led 10-6 at the half.

The Cowboys travel to Arizona on Saturday, August 17 to face the Cardinals.

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Most Obscure Player of 1994: Darren Studstill



The winner of the Most Obscure Player Award for 1994 is defensive back Darren Studstill. He was a sixth-round draft choice for the Cowboys in 1994 and was active in four games.


The Cowboys had won back-to-back Super Bowls by 1994 but had just parted ways with Jimmy Johnson. The team was going to need some young players after losing starters to free agency.

The draft will be known as the one that produced Hall of Famer Larry Allen. Others will remember the less impressive Shante Carver and George Hegamin.

Three players—Willie Jackson, DeWayne Dotson, and Toddrick McIntosh—played with other teams but not with the Cowboys.

Most Obscure Player of 1994: Darren Studstill

Most Obscure Player of 1994: Darren Studstill

In the sixth round, the Cowboys took a chance on a converted quarterback from West Virginia. Studstill had shared playing time with Jake Kelchner for the undefeated Mountaineers in 1993, but Studstill was too inaccurate to play QB in the NFL.

According to the website Fantasy Football Challenge, Studstill played in four games in 1994. He never recorded a single statistic.

Dallas waived him after training camp before the 1995 season, and he signed with Jacksonville. He played in parts of two seasons for the Jaguars but was out of the league after 1996.

Studstill later became a high school football coach but has run into problems. This is from Wikipedia:

After being named head coach of Royal Palm Beach High School just one season earlier Studstill was fired in August 2009 just days before the start of training camp for the 2009-2010 season despite great success on the field in his inaugural campaign. He was dismissed partly because he and Principal Guarn Sims differed over the way Studstill handled finances and supervised his assistant coaches, though no one has alleged deliberate wrongdoing by Studstill. In one season under Studstill Royal Palm Beach went 11-2 and reached the regional finals, and he was a finalist for the county’s Lou Groza Coach of the Year award. Before being fired Studstill was given at least two opportunities to resign but declined. An official for the school was quoted as saying “In no way is it an attack on his personal or professional character. This is an isolated issue that directly deals with the direction of the football program.” He will also retain his position at the school as a disciplinarian.


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