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Bledsoe, Glenn on same page; Dallas D deep-sixes Niners

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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IRVING, Texas -- Every snap Terrell Owens misses is another chance for Drew Bledsoe to throw to Terry Glenn. Not that they need the work.

Glenn made a spectacular touchdown catch for the second straight game and hauled in a 52-yard pass in double coverage to set up another touchdown, then the Dallas Cowboys defense took care of the rest in a 17-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.

Bledsoe continues removing any doubt he'll start the opener, going 12-of-17 for 200 yards and a touchdown. He completed his last nine throws and left at halftime with Dallas leading 17-0. The Cowboys would've scored on all four of his drives had Shaun Suisham made a 35-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Glenn caught four of Bledsoe's passes for 98 yards, showing he's more than ready to be the No. 1 receiver -- with or without Owens.

"Terry's playing very well. I hope he can maintain it," said coach Bill Parcells, adding that he sat Glenn midway through the second quarter to avoid risking injury. "He's a very smart receiver, very smart. ... I just want to get him to the rodeos."

Especially since T.O. remains in the holding pen.

Owens hasn't played a preseason game and has missed most practices because of a pesky hamstring problem. He wasn't on the sideline for this game -- Dallas' first at Texas Stadium since signing the one-time star-logo stomper -- but neither was fellow injured receiver Patrick Crayton.

Owens' last chance to play this preseason is Thursday night at home against Minnesota. Otherwise, he won't make his Cowboys debut until the opener -- providing he's ready to go then.

"There's no question our best thing to do is get him well," owner Jerry Jones said. "I want him out there and would've wanted him to make every practice. I understand that and everyone else does, too. He wants to be out there, too. ... I know this -- when he's healthy, he's going to help us win these ballgames."

They've done just fine so far, going 3-0 with the offense playing well and the defense doing even better. The starters have yet to allow a touchdown. The only points came on a field goal by Seattle in the opener against a unit mixing starters and backups.

"They haven't been tested," Parcells said.

The 49ers (1-2) had only 78 yards against Dallas' starting defense, then Alex Smith threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Vernon Davis against the second-string defense in the third quarter.

Smith left after that drive, having gone 9-of-14 for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception on an underthrown deep pass to former Dallas receiver Antonio Bryant. Another series fizzled when Smith overthrew Davis twice in a span of three plays, the second one going so far off target that it was obviously a miscommunication.

"We didn't play well," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Their first group outplayed our first group. It looked like last year where we'd run around trying hard but things wouldn't go our way. We'd like to start seeing better results."

Nolan said his first string didn't get enough plays, mainly because Dallas ran over San Francisco's defense.

"I wasn't as disappointed in the offense as I was in the defense," he said.

Frank Gore gained 49 yards on nine carries, some coming while running behind former Cowboys star guard Larry Allen.

But the biggest standout for San Francisco might've been veteran punter Tom Rouen, who had three kicks inside the 5-yard line. The first one was fielded and the other two hit near the middle of the field and spun sideways.

Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo was 9-of-14 for 111 yards and an interception on a catchable pass that bounced off a receiver. He didn't put up any points, but likely impressed Parcells the most by rebounding from a sack and a fumble that put Dallas in a second-and-21 by throwing a 27-yard completion on the next snap.

Jamaica Rector helped his chances of making the Cowboys by catching seven passes for 80 yards. Dallas also got good production from its running backs, with Julius Jones gaining 56 yards on 15 carries and Marion Barber running for 49 yards and a touchdown and gaining 34 on a screen.

Suisham, who made a 25-yarder on the game-opening drive, kicked for Dallas because Mike Vanderjagt was held out for a second straight game with a groin injury. The Cowboys also were without left tackle Flozell Adams because of a bruised calf and safety Keith Davis, who had surgery Friday to remove a bullet from his right thigh. Davis was shot on a local highway in July.

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The 49ers have front-row seats for Terry Glenn's 28-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.  (AP)
The 49ers have front-row seats for Terry Glenn's 28-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. (AP)

 

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Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
FGShaun Suisham 25 Yd, 8:48. Drive: 16 plays, 76 yards in 6:12.
TDTerry Glenn, 28 Yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Shaun Suisham kick is good), 1:30. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards in 5:45.
2ND QUARTER
TDMarion Barber, 5 Yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good), 6:44. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 5:07.
3RD QUARTER
TDVernon Davis, 15 Yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good), 7:39. Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards in 2:43.
4TH QUARTER
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San Francisco
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
A. Smith9/149311
S. Hill3/53000
RushingATTYDSTDLG
F. Gore949018
M. Hicks72707
S. Hill114014
A. Smith1000
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
A. Bryant224015
M. Hicks119019
E. Johnson21608
A. Battle115015
V. Davis115115
M. Robinson114014
C. Hetherington111011
J. McAddley1808
F. Gore2103
Dallas
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
D. Bledsoe12/1720010
T. Romo9/1411101
RushingATTYDSTDLG
T. Thompson1165024
J. Jones155609
M. Barber949115
K. Kincade51504
L. Polite1404
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
T. Glenn498152
J. Rector780025
M. Barber134034
T. Curtis127027
R. Hannam224016
S. Hurd220013
T. Copper21609
A. Fasano1707
S. Ryan1505
Complete Player Stats
Other Games
GB 17 Final
CIN 48
HOU 14 Final
DEN 17
SEA 20 Final
SD 31
STL 12 Final
KC 16
WAS 0 Final
NE 41
ATL 20 Final
TEN 6
IND 27 Final
NO 14
CLE 20 Final
BUF 17
TB 18 Final
JAC 29
DET 3 Final
OAK 21
NYG 13 Final
NYJ 7
BAL 7 Final
MIN 30
ARI 23 Final
CHI 16
PIT 7 Final
PHI 16
MIA 10 Final
CAR 19