Final

Cowboys 20

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Dolphins 25

(2-1, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 23, 2014

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 3 3 7 720
MIA 3 0 8 1425

Top Performers

Passing: M. Moore (MIA) - 172 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: O. Darkwa (MIA) - 6 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Wallace (MIA) - 6 REC, 67 YDS

Dolphins rally past Cowboys, 25-20

Associated Press

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Tony Romo played one half and got sacked three times. Ryan Tannehill's final throw was an interception on a play he forced.

Neither quarterback got everything to his liking Saturday night.

At least Tannehill's side left with a victory.

Orleans Darkwa ran in from 1 yard with 1:45 left, and the Miami Dolphins rallied from two scores down in the final minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-20.

All five of the game's touchdowns came with most of the starters already done for the evening.

"I told the team, a lot of games are going to come down to the fourth quarter," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "And we made some plays in the fourth quarter. Our guys played well in the fourth quarter . hard-earned victory."

Tannehill played into the third quarter, completing 13 of 21 passes for 119 yards. His only big mistake was his final throw, an interception inside the Dallas 10 on Miami's opening possession of the third quarter.

It was the first interception in 41 preseason throws for Tannehill, who is one of the biggest reasons why Miami thinks this could be a breakthrough season.

"You can see the things that we're doing," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said on the game broadcast. "I'm expecting much better things."

Tannehill also missed on what should have been a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, saying afterward the "miscommunication" on the play was his fault.

"We'll get it," Wallace said.

Romo completed 10 of 18 passes for 87 yards for the Cowboys, and his surgically repaired back got tested plenty of times by the Dolphins' defense -- twice on sacks by Cameron Wake.

"It was good to see Tony out there playing," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said at halftime. "He got knocked around a little bit, and that could be good and bad. ... It's good to have him feel the physical part of the game."

Romo noted there are some things Dallas has to clean up.

"It felt good to get through a half," Romo said. "We want to put more points on the board, but we hurt ourselves with penalties. The game is always going to be hard if you keep putting yourself behind."

Gator Hoskins caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore earlier in the fourth for Miami, which also got a 1-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams.

Tyler Patmon had a 9-yard interception return for a score and LaRon Byrd caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden for Dallas. Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey made field goals of 52 and 50 yards.

Patmon picked off a screen pass from Moore with 7:17 left, reading the play perfectly, but Miami -- playing with no available placekicker because John Potter left with a hip injury -- scored the game's final 14 points.

Another notable good sign for Miami was the preseason debut of Knowshon Moreno, the team's offseason acquisition at running back. He got loose for a 19-yard gain on his first touch of the exhibition schedule. He finished with 64 yards on 10 carries.

"We did some good things," Moreno said.

There were some mistakes, too. The Dolphins escaped a big blunder when a Dallas formation penalty nullified Bruce Carter's block of a Brandon Fields punt near the Miami end zone.

Miami got the game's first touchdown when Dallas' defense couldn't find a way to stop Damian Williams.

Or Damien Williams, either.

The similarly named Dolphins -- Damien is a running back, Damian is a wide receiver -- paired up to deliver the game's first touchdown. Damien Williams got loose for a 20-yard run, one play before Damian Williams ran under a play-action offering from Moore and hauled in what became a 54-yard gain.

Two plays later, Damien Williams went in from the 1, then added a 2-point conversion.

Game notes


Dallas DE George Selvie left in the first half with a shoulder injury, but thought afterward it was not serious. . Dolphins LB Koa Misi was among those who did not play for Miami. . Byrd, who played for the Miami Hurricanes, threw up the school's "U" symbol with his hands after catching the TD pass. . Both teams end the preseason at home Thursday, Miami hosting St. Louis, Dallas hosting Denver.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
MIA
1st Downs1627
Passing 1st downs
1211
Rushing 1st downs
410
1st downs from penalties
06
3rd down efficiency
6-166-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Plays6176
Total Yards251490
Yards per play4.16.4
Total Drives1012
Passing157290
Comp-Att
16-3325-40
Yards per pass
4.47.1
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-191-1
Rushing94200
Rushing Attempts
2535
Yards per rush
3.85.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-12-4
Penalties10-689-58
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:3732:23

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weeden5/9778.6100-0
Romo10/18874.8003-19
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore12/191729.1111-1
Tannehill13/211195.7010-0

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams12473.9013
Murray6183.006
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa67011.7153
Moreno10646.4019

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant4328.0010
Byrd12727.0127
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace66711.2021
Williams15454.0054

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALMIA
miaFG6:04John Potter 26 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 6:51
03
dalFG2:32Dan Bailey 52 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 17 yds, 3:32
33
SECOND QUARTERDALMIA
dalFG0:24Dan Bailey 50 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 48 yds, 3:29
63
THIRD QUARTERDALMIA
miaTD4:01Damien Williams 1 Yd Run (Damien Williams Run for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yds, 2:50
611
dalTD0:28LaRon Byrd 27 Yd pass from Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yds, 3:33
1311
FOURTH QUARTERDALMIA
dalTD7:17Tyler Patmon 9 Yd Interception Return (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 12 yds, 0:57
2011
miaTD5:40Harold Hoskins 27 Yd pass from Matt Moore (Matt Moore Pass to Orleans Darkwa for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 5 plays, 89 yds, 1:37
2019
miaTD1:45Orleans Darkwa 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 12 plays, 55 yds, 2:09
2025