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I-45 Showdown: Cowboys Defeat Texans

On the Cowboys first drive it seemed they were picking up right where they left off in Philadelphia, an offense that looked confused.

"We started slowly today," Coach Bill Parcells said.  "Had a little trouble getting on track and had some penalties there."

The first quarter reflected a frustrated Cowboys offense and an even more frustrateD Cowboy crowd. With every incomplete pass and missed opportunity the rain was not the only thing pouring down on Drew Bledsoe.

So were the boos. At one point the crowd began chanting "Romo" for the Cowboys backup quarterback. 

"If you're not performing up to your expectations as a team we don't expect people to be happy about that," Bledsoe said.

In the first half, Bledsoe was 10-16 for 97 yards and was sacked twice. With controversy swirling over his lack of mobility and much of the blame for the loss to the Eagles falling on Bledsoe's shoulders, the quarterback had to have a strong game.

"If we're not scoring points on every drive then we're not happy," Bledsoe said.

The Cowboys found themselves down 6-3 at the half. However, with the start of the second half, it was like watching a completely different game.

"Coming in at halftime it was kind of like a gut check," said Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens. "Everybody was just taking pride in what you have  to do."

The offense came alive when Bledsoe connected with Terrell Owens for the first of T.O.'s three touchdowns. The boos turned into chants of "T.O.!"

"Time and time again I try to get on the same page with Drew," Owens said, "and we kind of worked at it today. I told him, 'dude, just trust me.' "

"It was good he had some really good plays on man to man coverage," Bledsoe said, "and I put it out there and trusted him to make a play."

Much of the praise for the second half revival went to the Cowboys defense, who forced several Texan turnovers setting up two Cowboys scoring drives.

By the start of the fourth quarter the Cowboys had scored 17 unanswered points, most off of Texans turnovers.

"Our defense held down the fort until we could get ourselves straightened out and caused some turnovers which is really ultimately the story of the game," Bledsoe said.

The other story, Terrell Owens three touchdowns in front of the home crowd. He said he had been waiting a little impatiently for his chance to show what he could do and prove why he was brought here.

The last time he had a three touchdown game? "I was playing for Philly," Owens said, "against the Cowboys."

Other game notes:

The Cowboys running backs had big games. Julius Jones had his third consecutive game of 100-plus yards and Marion Barber scored a rushing touchdown for the fourth consecutive game.

Matt McBriar tied for second in the franchise record books with a 75 yard punt.

Cowboys receivers coach Todd Haley is expected to be disciplined for an argument with Terrell Owens earlier in the week.  Cowboys GM/Owner Jerry Jones would only say Haley would be disciplined, no word on what type of action will be taken.

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