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Romo, Cowboys Get Past Texans 23-22 in Big D

The battle for the Governor’s Cup was started out in exciting fashion as AndrĂ© Davis returned the opening kick off for 68 yards. This put the Texans in great starting field position but the offensive line was no match for the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line. Seven plays after starting on the Cowboys 37 yard line they settled for a 44 yard field goal from Kris Brown.

The Texans lost the fight at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Ironically, this caused Houston to turn to the ground game. Chris Taylor and Steve Slaton were the most consistent weapons for the Texans. They were almost equally productive, but Slaton earned his 44 yards in a more entertaining matter. He bounced off of tackles and even stiff-armed Roy Williams and made Adam Jones miss in the same play.

The D-line could barely get in arms length of Tony Romo. Mario Williams was double teamed on almost every play, yet he still managed to hurry Romo on multiple occasions. Williams came up big when the Cowboys threatened in the red zone. He jumped in the backfield and caused a fumble inside of the 5-yard line.

Matt Schaub played for three quarters and never looked comfortable. Maybe it was a tough Cowboys defense or maybe it was a rattled Houston quarterback, but Schaub never got into a rhythm. After a Zach Diles interception, Schaub engineered a 12-play, 6:17 minute drive but it was mostly due to a steady dose of the speedy Slaton.

The second and third teams got the best of the Dallas backups. They looked very sure of themselves and played the best football of the night, for Houston. They scored 9 points in the fourth quarter, when the first team only combined for 12 points in the first 3 quarters.

In the last effort to steal the game, Gary Kubiak called for the two-point conversion with a one point deficit. A well-designed over/under play was executed but 2nd year player Jacoby Jones couldn’t get both hands on the ball.

Ultimately the Governor’s trophy changed hands and Houston relinquished Texas-area bragging rights. Don’t get bummed over this loss, though. Slaton will continue to get better and Matt Schaub is not always going to play like an awe-struck rookie.

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