Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Game Information
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 62,888

LOS ANGELES (AP) With the Dallas Cowboys' playmaking stars all sitting this one out, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams' more modest collection of offensive talent got just enough done to win their preseason opener.

Goff led the Rams on a touchdown drive in the opening minutes, and backup kicker Travis Coons made a tiebreaking 36-yard field goal with 6:11 left in Los Angeles' 13-10 victory Saturday night.

Goff completed 3 of 4 passes for 34 yards while playing eight snaps in the opener for the Rams, who need the No. 1 pick in last year's draft to take a big step forward this fall. Just winning any game at the Coliseum was a step for the Rams, who lost the final six home contests of their relocation season last fall.

"It's a good one to learn from, and I was happy with the win for us," Goff said.

The Rams punted after Goff's first three plays, but Josh Forrest recovered the Cowboys' muffed return. Robert Woods then caught Goff's pass and fumbled near the goal line moments later, but rookie Cooper Kupp recovered for a score.

Los Angeles' offense put up 271 yards with Sean McVay calling the plays on his first day on the sideline as the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. While Sean Mannion played most of the game and passed for 144 yards, Goff used the night as a learning opportunity.

"I was trying to do my best to help Sean, and then just try to talk to guys, keep those guys encouraged," Goff said.

Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott were among several starters sitting out for the Cowboys, who didn't manage a first down until the second quarter and got just nine first downs all game. Elliott was given a six-game suspension by the NFL on Friday for injuring his girlfriend in July 2016.

"We talked to the team about the situation and the importance of focusing on what we can control," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said of Elliott's troubles. "We can't control what the NFL does, and it's not my place to comment on whether I think it's justified. ... We suspected something like this might happen. We prepared our team accordingly by building it the right way."

Elliott and Prescott worked out on the Coliseum field before the game and then watched from the sideline in uniform. The Cowboys threw 41 passes in Elliott's absence, and Darren McFadden was their top ball-carrier with only six rushes.

BIG TIME RUSH: Rookie Cooper Rush threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rico Gathers in the third quarter while completing his first eight passes for the Cowboys.

Kellen Moore went 8 for 17 in the first half for the Cowboys, but the offense perked up for Rush, the four-year starter at Central Michigan. Rush also caught the eye of Garrett during the Hall of Fame Game last week, and his exceptional touch on the TD throw to Gathers was undeniably impressive.

Rush went 9 of 11 for 104 yards. Gathers scored in his second straight game.

BUTTERFINGERS: The Rams hung in despite alarming ball security. Los Angeles fumbled six times, but recovered its own fumble four times before losing the last two. Rookie running back Justin Davis looked good while running for 70 yards in his college stadium, but he also fumbled twice.

BIG HIT: Dallas rookie Taco Charlton got his first sack, downing Mannion in the first quarter. The Michigan product took a bit of light criticism after a quiet debut in the Hall of Fame Game. "It looked like he was making some strides," Garrett said.

NEW GUY: Rams receiver Sammy Watkins watched from the sideline in sweats after arriving in LA earlier in the day. The Rams traded a second-round pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines to Buffalo for the playmaking wideout. Watkins got a big ovation when he appeared on the scoreboard. "He's obviously a weapon," Goff said. "His track record speaks for itself, what he's able to do."

COOOOOP: Kupp was busy in his first professional game, making two early catches for 35 yards and scoring LA's only touchdown while lining up all over McVay's formations. The Rams chose the prolific Eastern Washington product in the third round, hoping to add playmakers to the NFL's worst offense.

INJURY: Dallas tight end Connor Hamlett was taken off the field on a cart, and he left the locker room on crutches with his right foot in a walking boot.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Rams
10:49 Cooper Kupp 0 yd own fumble return (Greg Zuerlein kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Rams
10:20 Dan Bailey 32 yd FG 3 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Rams
06:46 Greg Zuerlein 42 yd FG 3 10
02:27 Rico Gathers 25 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Sam Irwin-Hill kick) 10 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Rams
06:11 Travis Coons 36 yd FG 10 13

Team Stats
  Dallas Los Angeles
1st Downs 9 12
Total Yards 248 271
Passing 200 166
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-41 22-31
Yards/Pass 4.8 5.0
Rushing 48 105
Rushing Attempts 16 28
Yards/Rush 3.0 3.8
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 27:10 32:50

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Cooper Rush 9 11 104 9.4 1 0
Kellen Moore 8 17 69 4.1 0 0
Luke McCown 6 13 31 2.4 0 0

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Sean Mannion 18 25 144 5.8 0 0
Jared Goff 3 4 34 8.5 0 0
Dan Orlovsky 1 2 3 1.5 0 0

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Darren McFadden 6 28 4.7 0 7
Alfred Morris 5 11 2.2 0 4
Luke McCown 2 8 4.0 0 8
Rod Smith 1 2 2.0 0 2
Ronnie Hillman 1 0 0.0 0 0
Kellen Moore 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Justin Davis 9 70 7.8 0 32
Malcolm Brown 5 25 5.0 0 9
De'Mard Llorens 3 8 2.7 0 6
Sean Mannion 2 8 4.0 0 8
Todd Gurley II 4 2 0.5 0 4
Dan Orlovsky 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2
Lenard Tillery 4 -6 -1.5 0 4

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Rico Gathers 4 47 11.8 1 25
Noah Brown 3 41 13.7 0 19
Brian Brown 3 30 10.0 0 24
Ronnie Hillman 2 15 7.5 0 8
Keith Smith 1 15 15.0 0 15
Blake Jarwin 2 13 6.5 0 9
Andy Jones 3 11 3.7 0 6
Alfred Morris 1 9 9.0 0 9
Darren McFadden 1 8 8.0 0 8
Connor Hamlett 1 6 6.0 0 6
Rod Smith 1 5 5.0 0 5
Uzoma Nwachukwu 1 4 4.0 0 4

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cooper Kupp 2 35 17.5 0 19
Nelson Spruce 6 30 5.0 0 7
Pharoh Cooper 2 25 12.5 0 17
Paul McRoberts 1 14 14.0 0 14
Temarrick Hemingway 1 13 13.0 0 13
Gerald Everett 2 12 6.0 0 9
Brandon Shippen 2 10 5.0 0 6
Todd Gurley II 1 10 10.0 0 10
De'Mard Llorens 1 9 9.0 0 9
Malcolm Brown 1 8 8.0 0 8
Justin Davis 1 7 7.0 0 7
Robert Woods 1 5 5.0 0 5
Tyler Higbee 1 3 3.0 0 3

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Xavier Woods 6 1 0 0
Kavon Frazier 5 0 0 0
Taco Charlton 3 0 1 10
David Irving 3 0 0 0
Joseph Jones 3 1 0 0
Duke Thomas 3 1 0 0
Lenny Jones 2 1 1 5
Jordan Carrell 2 1 0 0
Joey Ivie 2 0 0 0
Byron Jones 2 0 0 0
Damontre' Moore 2 0 0 0
Mark Nzeocha 2 1 0 0
Damien Wilson 2 0 0 0
Robert Blanton 1 1 0 0
Kennan Gilchrist 1 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 1 1 0 0
Darnell Leslie 1 1 0 0
Lewis Neal 1 0 0 0
Orlando Scandrick 1 0 0 0
Sammy Seamster 1 1 0 0
Jameill Showers 1 0 0 0
Charles Tapper 1 0 0 0
Kyle Wilber 1 0 0 0
Nolan Carroll 0 0 0 0
Clay DeBord 0 0 0 0
Blake Jarwin 0 0 0 0
Lucas Wacha 0 1 0 0
Zach Wood 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Marqui Christian 4 0 0 0
Kevin Peterson 4 0 0 0
Carlos Thompson 3 0 1 4
Kevin Davis 2 2 0 0
Cody Davis 2 1 0 0
Josh Forrest 2 0 0 0
Bryce Hager 2 0 0 0
Blake Countess 1 1 0 0
Troy Hill 1 1 0 0
Isaiah Johnson 1 0 0 0
John Johnson III 1 0 0 0
Lamarcus Joyner 1 0 0 0
Cory Littleton 1 1 0 0
Matt Longacre 1 1 0 0
Alec Ogletree 1 0 0 0
Folarin Orimolade 1 1 0 0
Tanzel Smart 1 0 0 0
Louis Trinca-Pasat 1 0 0 0
Ethan Westbrooks 1 0 0 0
Gerald Everett 0 0 0 0
Morgan Fox 0 2 0 0
Dominique Hatfield 0 1 0 0
Mike Jordan 0 0 0 0
Cooper Kupp 0 0 0 0
Jake McQuaide 0 0 0 0
Ejuan Price 0 1 0 0
Mike Purcell 0 2 0 0
Nickell Robey-Coleman 0 1 0 0
Nelson Spruce 0 0 0 0
Lenard Tillery 0 0 0 0

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Lance Lenoir 1 23 23.0 0 23
Uzoma Nwachukwu 1 16 16.0 0 16

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Pharoh Cooper 1 27 27.0 0 27
K.D. Cannon 1 16 16.0 0 16

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Lance Lenoir 6 30 5.0 0 11

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Shakeir Ryan 3 8 2.7 0 11

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Bailey 1 1 100.0 32

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Travis Coons 1 1 100.0 36
Greg Zuerlein 1 1 100.0 42

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Sam Irwin-Hill 6 239 53
Chris Jones 2 95 53

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Hekker 5 202 47
Travis Coons 4 166 52