Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Game Information
Location: AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 85,636

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Deshaun Watson didn't get the longer preseason look he wanted against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Houston Texans couldn't get their quarterback off the field fast enough, especially after running back Lamar Miller sustained what coach Bill O'Brien called a serious knee injury on the second play.

Watson didn't return for a second series after getting dropped twice in three plays. The first play wasn't a sack because of defensive holding, the second was and resulted in a fumble , the first of four Houston turnovers in a 34-0 exhibition loss to the Cowboys on Saturday night.

Miller was carted off after defensive tackle Maliek Collins slammed into his left leg at the line of scrimmage in what figures to be Miller's only carry of the preseason. The eighth-year back didn't play in the first two exhibitions.

"It's very tough," Watson said. "You have a guy that's so special to our team. Anybody that gets hurt, it's tough. But he's one of the guys that has a lot of energy and a lot of power for this team. It's tough to see him go off in the cart."

Dak Prescott scrambled and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup while playing the first two series for Dallas. Prescott was 2 of 5 for 22 yards, the three incompletions his first of the preseason.

"I'm just excited for where we're going to go," Prescott said. "This team is coming together, this team is strong, this team is excited. A lot of youth, a lot of energy."

Tony Pollard, the starting running back with Ezekiel Elliott holding out, stayed an extra series, when the rookie had a 20-yard run to finish with 26 yards on six carries. Alfred Morris, the primary replacement during Elliott's six-game suspension two years ago, had a 1-yard TD run.

Pollard nearly reached the end zone by running 24 yards on a screen, but it was negated by an illegal block penalty on Jason Witten. The tight end, poised to set the Dallas record with a 16th season, was playing at home for the first time since coming out of retirement after a year in broadcasting.

Taco Charlton had both the hits on Watson, causing and recovering a fumble on the sack that counted to set up Gallup's touchdown. Charlton got a second sack against Joe Webb III and forced another fumble. Kerry Hyder also had two of the Cowboys' eight sacks.

Charlton, a 2017 first-round pick, went to training camp with his roster spot in jeopardy, but has been particularly strong in the past two preseason games.

"He's just gotten better and better and better right before your eyes and my eyes as well," owner Jerry Jones said. "He's really getting rewarded and I'm proud of him because he's had to really work to get to this point."

The night got worse for Houston's offensive line when versatile starter Zach Fulton was carted off in the first half. Last year's right guard has also played center and left guard in previous seasons.

Joe Thomas blocked a punt for Dallas, kicked the ball toward the goal line while trying to pick it up and ultimately recovered it in the end zone for a 14-0 lead. He almost had an interception return for a touchdown on a pass from Webb that went through his outstretched hands.

IT'LL HAVE TO DO

Watson was hoping for more than the single series he got in last week's 30-23 win over Detroit. His only other appearance was productive, though. Watson was 5 of 7 for 60 yards with a 4-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins. Since he couldn't get a pass off in two dropbacks against the Cowboys, those will be his preseason numbers. The opener is Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

"Even if we went out and the starters played a half and put up 34 points, I still don't believe that we'd be ready," Watson said. "There's always ways to get better all the way to kickoff of the Saints game."

TRUE AND THROUGH

Dallas kicker Brett Maher had his best night in what's been a shaky preseason. Last year's surprise replacement for Dan Bailey made field goals of 36 and 23 yards and all four extra points.

HOUSTON'S BACKS

If Miller is out for an extended period, the focus will turn to Duke Johnson, acquired from Cleveland in a trade this month. Johnson hasn't played for the Texans yet. The other two backs who got carries against the Cowboys are undrafted rookies: Karan Higdon Jr. (13 carries for 28 yards) and Damarea Crockett (three for 27).

UP NEXT

Preseason finales for both teams Thursday, both at home. Houston plays the LA Rams. Dallas plays Tampa Bay.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Cowboys
10:53 Michael Gallup 12 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 0 7
06:58 Joe Thomas 0 yd blocked punt return (Brett Maher kick) 0 14
02:28 Brett Maher 36 yd FG 0 17

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Cowboys
04:43 Alfred Morris 1 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 0 24
00:00 Brett Maher 23 yd FG 0 27

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Cowboys
05:14 Jordan Chunn 12 yd pass from Mike White (Brett Maher kick) 0 34

Team Stats
  Houston Dallas
1st Downs 8 21
Total Yards 139 362
Passing 54 249
Passing Completions/Attempts 10-26 24-42
Yards/Pass 1.6 5.8
Rushing 85 113
Rushing Attempts 22 30
Yards/Rush 3.9 3.8
Turnovers 4 0
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 25:03 34:57

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Webb III 8 21 62 3.0 0 2
Jordan Ta'amu 2 5 26 5.2 0 0
Deshaun Watson 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Cooper Rush 15 25 173 6.9 0 0
Mike White 6 9 56 6.2 1 0
Dak Prescott 2 5 22 4.4 1 0
Taryn Christion 1 3 6 2.0 0 0

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Karan Higdon Jr. 13 28 2.1 0 11
Damarea Crockett 3 27 9.0 0 15
Joe Webb III 4 25 6.2 0 11
Jordan Ta'amu 1 6 6.0 0 6
Lamar Miller 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Tony Pollard 6 26 4.3 0 20
Jordan Chunn 7 25 3.6 0 10
Darius Jackson 4 20 5.0 0 11
Alfred Morris 5 18 3.6 1 11
Mike Weber 5 17 3.4 0 6
Mike White 1 4 4.0 0 4
Taryn Christion 2 3 1.5 0 3

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jordan Thomas 2 33 16.5 0 22
Chad Hansen 2 24 12.0 0 20
DeAndre Carter 1 8 8.0 0 8
Tyron Johnson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Damarea Crockett 1 5 5.0 0 5
Jordan Akins 1 5 5.0 0 5
Steven Mitchell Jr. 1 4 4.0 0 4
Johnnie Dixon 1 3 3.0 0 3

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Devin Smith 6 79 13.2 0 16
Marcus Lucas 4 50 12.5 0 27
Cedrick Wilson 3 37 12.3 0 18
Jordan Chunn 2 23 11.5 1 12
Tavon Austin 1 22 22.0 0 22
Michael Gallup 1 12 12.0 1 12
Tony Pollard 2 10 5.0 0 5
Randall Cobb 1 10 10.0 0 10
Darius Jackson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Reggie Davis 1 5 5.0 0 5
Jon'Vea Johnson 1 2 2.0 0 2
Codey McElroy 1 1 1.0 0 1

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Johnson Bademosi 6 1 0 0
Aaron Colvin 3 0 0 0
Jamal Davis II 3 0 0 0
A.J. Moore Jr. 3 2 0 0
Tracy Sprinkle 2 3 1 8
Tyrell Adams 2 4 0 0
Albert Huggins 2 1 0 0
Lonnie Johnson Jr. 2 0 0 0
Peter Kalambayi 2 2 0 0
Gimel President 2 0 0 0
Xavier Woodson-Luster 2 1 0 0
Jesse Aniebonam 1 0 0 0
Derrick Baity Jr. 1 2 0 0
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 1 0 0 0
Dylan Cole 1 0 0 0
Zach Cunningham 1 0 0 0
Javi Edwards 1 1 0 0
Austin Exford 1 0 0 0
Jermaine Ponder 1 0 0 0
J.J. Watt 1 1 0 0
Floyd Allen 0 0 0 0
Bryan Anger 0 0 0 0
Angelo Blackson 0 1 0 0
Xavier Crawford 0 2 0 0
Joel Heath 0 1 0 0
A.J. Hendy 0 4 0 0
Charles Omenihu 0 0 0 0
Walter Palmore 0 1 0 0
Vyncint Smith 0 0 0 0

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jalen Jelks 4 0 0 0
Joe Jackson 3 1 0.5 5
Justin March 3 0 0 0
Justin Phillips 3 1 0 0
Kerry Hyder 2 0 2 8
Taco Charlton 2 1 2 2
Christian Covington 2 1 1 9
Shakir Soto 2 0 1 5
Chris Westry 2 0 0 0
Dorance Armstrong 1 1 0.5 5
Trysten Hill 1 1 0.5 0
Chidobe Awuzie 1 0 0 0
Maliek Collins 1 0 0 0
Kavon Frazier 1 1 0 0
C.J. Goodwin 1 0 0 0
Nate Hall 1 0 0 0
Donovan Olumba 1 0 0 0
Jameill Showers 1 0 0 0
Jaylon Smith 1 0 0 0
Leighton Vander Esch 1 0 0 0
Ricky Walker 1 0 0 0
Donovan Wilson 1 0 0 0
Xavier Woods 1 0 0 0
Daniel Wise 0 1 0.5 0
Anthony Brown 0 0 0 0
Jordan Chunn 0 0 0 0
Jeff Heath 0 0 0 0
Jamize Olawale 0 0 0 0
Drew Scott 0 0 0 0
Joe Thomas 0 0 0 0

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
C.J. Goodwin 1 4 0
Donovan Wilson 1 0 0

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Steven Mitchell Jr. 2 53 26.5 0 31
Tyron Johnson 2 46 23.0 0 28

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Jackson 1 29 29.0 0 29

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Chad Hansen 2 23 11.5 0 15
DeAndre Carter 1 5 5.0 0 5
Steven Mitchell Jr. 1 5 5.0 0 5

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cedrick Wilson 3 45 15.0 0 32

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brett Maher 2 2 100.0 36

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bryan Anger 4 201 60
Trevor Daniel 3 143 53

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kasey Redfern 4 179 55
Chris Jones 3 137 50