Final

Dolphins 13

(0-4, 0-2 away)

Cowboys 30

(3-1, 2-0 home)

8:30 PM ET, August 29, 2012

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 6 0 7 013
DAL 0 20 7 330

Orie Lemon leads Cowboys to rout of Dolphins in preseason finale

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Among the former Texas A&M quarterbacks facing each other in the preseason finale, Ryan Tannehill already knew he was going to be the first-ever rookie starter for the Miami Dolphins.

Stephen McGee might have taken his last snaps for the Dallas Cowboys, even though his team won 30-13 Wednesday night.

Tannehill, the Dolphins' first-round pick this year, was 5 of 7 passing for 35 yards playing the first two series in his final tuneup before their opener Sept. 9 at Houston. Miami (0-4) was winless in the preseason, with Tannehill starting the last two.

"We realize that we have a long way to go and have a lot of work to do," Tannehill said. "But we're excited about the opportunities that we have. Everyone gets a clean slate going into the regular season."

Tannehill, first-year coach Joe Philbin and the Dolphins have some extra time before opening their regular season.

The Cowboys (3-1) finished the preseason a week before playing in the NFL's kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. They kept quarterback Tony Romo and their front-line starters standing on the sideline.

Lance Dunbar ran 15 times for 105 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown in which he made several Miami defenders miss. Linebacker Orie Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a score and Phillip Tanner, who started at tailback with DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones sitting out, had a 1-yard score while carrying nine times for 48 yards.

McGee, a fourth-round pick from A&M in 2009, was 9 of 18 for 124 yards in the first half. He had completions of 32 and 36 yards to set up Tanner's score.

"He did a good job once we got going a little bit on offense," coach Jason Garrett said. "You could see him get a little bit more comfortable, get a little rhythm."

Two years ago in another preseason finale against the Dolphins, McGee passed for 304 yards while going all the way in the victory that probably assured him the spot as the team's third quarterback that season. But he has played in only three regular-season games with one start.

With Kyle Orton signed during the offseason to be Romo's backup, Dallas likely will carry only two quarterbacks on its 53-man roster that has to be set by Friday evening. Plus, McGee is no longer eligible for the practice squad like Rudy Carpenter (4 of 10 for 48 yards) would be.

"We value the quarterback position and we want to allocate the necessary resources to it," Garrett said. "Having said that, you have to manage the rest of your roster and injures sometimes are a factor."

The Cowboys said after the game that former Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins, who missed the entire offseason and preseason recovering from shoulder surgery, passed his physical earlier Wednesday. That means Jenkins could practice Saturday and possibly play against the Giants.

Pro Bowl receiver Miles Austin didn't play in the preseason because of hamstring issues, and receiver Dez Bryant was held out for the second straight game because of right knee tendinitis. Both are expected to be ready for the Giants, though Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten (lacerated spleen) is less certain for the unprecedented Wednesday opener.

Lamar Miller had 17 carries for 60 yards for the Dolphins. His 1-yard TD capped a 14-play, 89-yard drive that took exactly half of the third quarter to complete.

Dan Bailey kicked three field goals for the Cowboys while Dan Carpenter had field goals of 21 and 53 yards for Miami less than 2 minutes apart late in the first quarter.

After Carpenter's shorter kick, Teddy Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the Cowboys 33. That's when Matt Moore took over for Tannehill.

Moore was only 4 of 12, including the pass over the middle early in the second quarter that Lemon picked off and took into the end zone for a 10-6 lead.

"Obviously, it's a disappointing loss," Philbin said. "I just told the team I don't care if it's the fourth preseason game, the seventh regular-season game or the Super Bowl, that's unacceptable. ... Not a good performance by our team."

Game notes


Dallas CB Lionel Smith sustained a concussion, and OL Daniel Loper tweaked a hamstring. ... Derrick Dockery started at left guard for Dallas, and got in a few plays before leaving to catch a flight to Washington, D.C., to attend a family funeral.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
DAL
1st Downs1724
Passing 1st downs
87
Rushing 1st downs
611
1st downs from Penalties
36
3rd down efficiency
3-136-12
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays6165
Total Yards243404
Yards per play4.06.2
Total Drives1111
Passing127166
Comp - Att
16-3113-28
Yards per pass
4.15.9
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-202-6
Rushing116238
Rushing Attempts
2735
Yards per rush
4.36.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-4
Penalties10-1268-66
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:3132:29

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Devlin7/12635.3000-0
Moore4/12494.1013-20
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McGee9/181246.9001-5
Carpenter4/10484.8001-1

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller17603.5111
Thomas5316.2019
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunbar151057.0158
Olawale7537.6024

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Matthews34715.70203
Cunningham22311.50153
DALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Benford34715.70364
Holmes13232.00324

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIADAL
miaFG02:35Dan Carpenter 21 Yd 30
miaFG00:46Dan Carpenter 53 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERMIADAL
dalFG11:59Dan Bailey 25 Yd 63
dalTD11:27Orie Lemon 26 Yd Interception Return (Dan Bailey Kick) 610
dalTD04:43Phillip Tanner 1 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 617
dalFG00:00Dan Bailey 30 Yd 620
THIRD QUARTERMIADAL
dalTD10:11Lance Dunbar 58 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 627
miaTD02:41Lamar Miller 1 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1327
FOURTH QUARTERMIADAL
dalFG05:14Dan Bailey 26 Yd 1330