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August 18, 2012

Cowboys' first-half reaction: Smith says mistakes 'cleaned up,' Romo says offense 'had some really good plays'

The Cowboys said they were better on offense Saturday night against the Chargers because they fixed mistakes.

“Basically, we just cleaned up our mistakes that we had last week,” offensive tackle Tyron Smith said. “The more we work as a unit, communicating along the O-line and playing as one, instead of separate, we will continue to figure things out and get better.”

The Cowboys had 205 yards of offense in the first half behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. Both led a scoring possession. Romo completed nine of 13 passes for 75 yards, and Orton was 7-for-10 for 83 yards. Jamize Olawale scored on a 3-yard run for the Cowboys.

“Yeah, we moved it good, but we hurt ourselves with penalties, and as a football team, we need to correct that,” Romo said. “Guys are playing hard and playing with great passion and they are playing good, but it is very hard to score points. Now, we were able to overcome it because we had some really good plays, but at the same time, we aren’t going to be able to do that week in and week out. So we have to get that corrected, or otherwise, we have no chance.”

The Cowboys also got two turnovers as cornerback Brandon Carr intercepted two passes.

“It was good to go against Philip Rivers one more time and get the two picks off him this time, but the guys were just flying around trying to make plays on the ball,” Carr said.

Linebacker Victor Butler, who had a sack, said, “They didn’t score any points, and I felt like we executed well with no penalties or mental mistakes.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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