ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Titans were accommodating guests for the Dallas Cowboys, who opened their brand new stadium with a 30-10 trouncing of Tennessee Friday night.
The Titans struggled to find consistency in the running game for the third consecutive preseason game, moving the ball on the ground only when rookie Javon Ringer was in the backfield.
Ringer was one of few bright spots, with a 51-yard kickoff return that led to a Rob Bironas 46-yard field goal and 33 yards rushing on five carries. That included a 16-yard gain that was part of an eight-play, 69-yard drive that briefly gave Tennessee a 10-7 lead on Kerry Collins’ 17-yard touchdown throw to Justin Gage just before the half.
And immediately after taking the lead on the Collins’ TD pass, the second team defense immediately gave it back, yielding a 79-yard touchdown drive to Tony Romo and the Cowboys in just 59 seconds.
It was a miserable outing for the Titans both on offense and defense. Before the lone touchdown drive at the end of the first half, the Titans did not have a single first down in the half, and finally did get their first first down thanks to a Cowboys penalty.
Collins completed 8 of 11 passes with a touchdown, but for just 55 yards.
The Titans backups played no better than the starters, as missed tackles and lapses in coverage hurt the defense, while the offense sputtered both on the ground and through the air with Vince Young and Patrick Ramsey at the controls. Young was only 3 of 9 yards for 33 yards and an interception, while Ramsey was 3 of 10 for 52 yards.
In all, the Cowboys dominated, gaining 466 yards of total offense to just 191 for the Titans. Dallas held the ball for more than 40 minutes in the game.
The Cowboys put the game away with two second-half touchdowns, plus a safety when Ramsey was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, while the Titans were held scoreless after the half.