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Published: Nov 1, 2010
Jaguars "Embarrass" Cowboys In 35-17 Rout
by Larry Fine


The Dallas Cowboys absorbed another drubbing in their downward spiral, suffering a 35-17 pounding by the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Cowboys (1-6), one of the pre-season favorites to make the playoffs, were equally inept on offense and defense as they lost their fourth straight game and the Jaguars moved to 4-4.

Jon Kitna, playing in place of injured starting quarterback Tony Romo, threw four interceptions against a Jacksonville team that yielded an NFL-worst 209 points this season.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard tied a club record with four touchdown passes and ran in for another as the Cowboys Stadium crowd of over 80,000 heartily booed the disappointing Dallas team.

"I'm distraught to say the least," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips told reporters. "It was embarrassing I thought, the way we played, (the way) we coached," Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips told reporters.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance to win the game. It's very painful at this point in the season to be where we are."

Dallas looked poised to pull within 14-10 at halftime but were stuffed on a goal-line stand by a Jaguars defense that denied running back Marion Barber on two successive plunges from the one-yard line.

Jacksonville put the game out of reach with 14 points in the third quarter for a total of 28 unanswered points after Dallas kicked a field goal on the opening drive of the game.

Garrard was in brilliant form as he completed 17 of 21 passes after missing a game with a concussion.

"To be able to come out and have one of my best games ever was awesome," said Garrard, who connected on touchdown passes to Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas and a pair to Marcedes Lewis.

Kitna, in his 14th NFL season and making his first start since 2008, completed 34 of 49 passes and was victimized by three passes bouncing off his own receivers into the hands of defenders.

"Turnovers is the number one factor in losing games," said Kitna, who had 365 yards passing.

Jacksonville outrushed Dallas 149 yards to 50.

"Today was just our day," said Maurice Jones-Drew, who led the Jaguars with 135 yards on 27 carries.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)

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