NFL notebook: Pick keys Dallas in Hall game win

2013-08-05T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Pick keys Dallas in Hall game winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CANTON, Ohio - Rookie DeVonte Holloman's 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Dallas Cowboys' 24-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFL's preseason.

The sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moore's pass go off his hands in the second quarter. It was the biggest play for a Dallas defense switching to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.

But the Cowboys controlled most of the game one night after their former offensive lineman Larry Allen and former coach Bill Parcells were inducted into the hall.

Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas. So the Cowboys turned to their ground game - and ground down Miami as few regulars got onto the field.

Miami's mistakes were decisive. The Dolphins struggled most of the night against Dallas' new defense masterminded by Kiffin, the man who designed the Tampa 2 scheme so prevalent throughout the NFL.

Although top running back DeMarco Murray was held out, the Cowboys were dominant on the ground. Phillip Tanner did the bulk of the early work and finished with 59 yards and a touchdown. Joseph Randle handled the late duty and had 70 yards as Dallas piled up 170 yards rushing.

Extra points

• Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public. The team said Sunday that Riley informed the club of the threats and did not know who made them. The team notified the league's security department. Cooper apologized and was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday.

• Art Donovan, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle who played on the Colts' 1958 and 1959 NFL champions, died Sunday night at 89.

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