The Cowboys were trying to rebound from last weeks preseason opener versus Arizona. Quincy Carter cam out a little slow, but eventually lead the team on a 96 yard drive and it was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by Troy Hambrick. Carter was 10-17 with a touchdown.
Tony Romo came in and hit Randal Williams for a 61 yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys defense did they part by holding Houston to 92 yards rushing, and 133 yds passing. Parcells was happy to see the special teams play, as rookie Zuriel Smith returned a punt for touchdown.