Cardinals vs. Cowboys: Romo has big game even without Glenn

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Cowboys wide receivers Terrell Owens, left, and Sam Hurd celebrate Owens' touchdown yesterday.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tony Romo didn't need Terry Glenn to have a big day -- not against the crumbling Arizona Cardinals.

Romo threw for 308 yards -- the most of his young career as a starter -- and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to Terrell Owens, and the Dallas Cowboys dominated Arizona, 27-10, yesterday.

The Cowboys (5-4) showed no signs of a hangover from their heartbreaking loss to Washington the previous week and turned two interceptions by Matt Leinart into second-half touchdowns, sending the Cardinals (1-8) to their eighth consecutive loss.

"We weren't perfect," Dallas coach Bill Parcells said, "but I thought it was a pretty good performance considering the disappointment we had last week."

Romo was 20 of 29 with no interceptions and wasn't sacked in Dallas' third consecutive road game. All three of his starts have come on the road. Next up is his home debut Sunday against Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm never looking forward to a shootout," Romo said. "I'd rather have us hold them to about three points, but it will be fun this week. This is why you play the game."

Glenn didn't make the trip after aggravating a knee injury in practice Friday, but Dallas got strong games from Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd.

Crayton caught five passes for a career-best 104 yards, including a 34-yarder for the Cowboys' first score. He came away unimpressed with Arizona's pass defense.

"We're used to playing against a lot better secondary in practice," Crayton said. "When you come against a secondary like we did today, we had to take advantage of it."

Arizona's losing streak is its longest since dropping the final eight under Joe Bugel in 1991. The Cardinals, in their third season under coach Dennis Green, haven't started a season 1-8 since 1978, when they were in St. Louis and coached by Bud Wilkinson.

"I mean, we're 1-8. I'm just running out of things to say in terms of what we need to do," said Larry Fitzgerald, who returned from a three-week absence but aggravated a hamstring injury late in the game.

"It's just so frustrating that we're not able to move the ball down the field with all the talent we have."

Owens, who vowed to make amends after dropping a sure touchdown against the Redskins, dropped the first pass thrown to him yesterday But it was a nice day after that. Owens caught five for 96 yards, including the 51-yarder down the sideline -- his longest catch since coming to Dallas -- to put the Cowboys up 20-3 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.


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