Cowboys rip Raiders

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Dallas rookie Quincy Carter rebounded from an awful first start with an impressive performance rushing and passing as the Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 21-6 Monday night, snapping their nine-game exhibition losing streak.

Playing before 88,309 fans at Mexico City's Azteca stadium, the Cowboys, who had lost 17 of their last 18 preseason games, looked like the hungry young team they were billed to be.

The Raiders -- considered Super Bowl contenders -- often looked confused, though many of their starters played sparingly, and quarterback Rich Gannon did not play.

Carter, who was 5-of-17 for 27 yards against New Orleans on Aug. 19, wound up 6-of-11 for 99 yards on Monday night, with no interceptions, and he scored on a darting 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

''This is just step one. I take the good and the bad, like I said last week,'' Carter said. ''We have to go from here and keep improving.''

The Raiders -- with most of their starters -- dominated the first quarter with a stolid, grinding attack. Quarterback Bobby Hoying completed seven straight passes and ate up more than eight minutes of the clock on a 71-yard drive.

But the drive ended with a field goal and Oakland never seemed to regroup.

''They moved the ball, but we were able to keep them out of the end zone,'' Cowboys coach Dave Campo said. ''After that, we began to control the line of scrimmage, which helped shut down their running game.''

The Cowboys -- especially Carter -- came alive in the second quarter after starting safety George Teague picked off a pass by Hoying at the 35 and returned it eight yards.

Four plays later, Carter faked a handoff, then scrambled left, dodging tacklers on his touchdown run.

Dimitrius Underwood ended the next brief drive by the Raiders by sacking Hoying at the 32 for a 6-yard loss and forcing a punt.

Carter then drove the Cowboys 80 yards in four minutes, passing 25 yards to Damon Hodge and then, under heavy pressure, hitting Jason Tucker at the Raiders 4 for a 28-yard gain.

Troy Hambrick ran in for a touchdown on the next play.

Cowboys backup quarterback Anthony Wright also scored on a run, charging off left tackle for 4 yards in the third quarter to end a drive that featured a 40-yard pass to Reggie Swinton.

Two near touchdowns for the Raiders died in the end zone.

With 34 seconds left in the first half, Hoying fired a 24-yard pass to Marcus Knight in the end zone. Knight bounced up celebrating, but officials ruled he lost the ball due to safety Sean Key's hit -- not the turf.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski then missed a 39-yard field goal.

''We would have challenged that play, but it (a challenge) wasn't available to us,'' Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. ''We still have to make the field goals.''

As time ran down in the fourth quarter, quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo found tight end Andrew Glover in the end zone, but safety Key again showed up, hammering him in mid-air and the ball popped loose.

On a last ditch fourth-and-9, Tuiasosopo was sacked by linebacker Lewis Mackey.

The Cowboys were long considered Mexico's team, with three preseason appearances in the country and a marketing program aimed south of the border.

But Raiders fans seemed to predominate at Azteca as there was plenty of business in black and silver paraphernalia at souvenir shops.

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