Titans Shrug Off Sluggish Start to Get Past Cowboys

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score after fumbling on Tennessee’s first two possessions, and the Titans spoiled Amari Cooper’s Dallas debut with a 28-14 win over the Cowboys on Monday night.

Kevin Byard jolted the sluggish Titans with an end-zone interception of Dak Prescott and celebrated with a throwback to Terrell Owens. Byard sprinted to midfield and stood on the Cowboys’ star logo while spreading his arms, just as Owens did 18 years ago at the old Texas Stadium in a San Francisco 49ers rout.

The Cowboys looked like the team headed for a blowout win, but they led just 7-0 despite Mariota’s early miscues because of Brett Maher’s missed 38-yard field goal and Prescott’s ill-advised throw into double coverage.

The Titans (4-4) ended their three-game losing streak while handing the Cowboys (3-5) their first loss in four home games.

Cooper scored the first Dallas touchdown and finished with five catches for 58 yards after arriving from Oakland in a trade for a first-round pick during the open week.

Mariota — who was given a reprieve when what would have been his third fumble in three drives was overturned by a review that showed Luke Stocker didn’t have the ball long enough on a catch — led an 80-yard drive that capped by Derrick Henry’s 1-yard plunge to make it a 7-7 tie.

The Titans took control on offense in the second half, converting 11 of 14 third downs.

Dallas had just 108 yards in the second half — the bulk of those coming on a desperation drive late, when the Cowboys were down by two scores — and was booed several times at the end of failed drives.

In the second quarter, with the score tied at 7-7, Mariota completed a 36-yarder to Darius Jennings before a screen pass to Dion Lewis went 18 yards for the touchdown.

Mariota broke a 14-14 tie in the third quarter when he delivered a 7-yard shovel pass to Jonnu Smith to put the Titans ahead for good.

Mariota was 21 of 29 for 240 yards, without an interception, and had 32 yards rushing. Lewis had 62 yards rushing and 60 receiving.

Prescott was 21 of 31 for 243 yards and two scores — of 4 yards to Cooper and of 23 yards to Allen Hurns.



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