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  • Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs out of the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

  • Tennessee Titans tight end Luke Stocker (88) bobbles the ball as Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) runs into the end zone as Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) works under pressure in the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

  • Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith (81) celebrates his touchdown with his team during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)



Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Arlington, Texas — Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score after fumbling on Tennessee’s first two possessions, and the Titans spoiled Amari Cooper’s Dallas debut with a 28-14 victory over the Cowboys on Monday night.

Kevin Byard sparked the sluggish Titans with an end-zone interception of Dak Prescott and celebrated T.O.-style. The Tennessee safety sprinted to midfield and stood on the Cowboys’ star logo while spreading his arms, just as Terrell Owens did 18 years ago at old Texas Stadium in a San Francisco rout.

The Cowboys looked like the team headed for a blowout win but led just 7-0 after Mariota’s early miscues because of Brett Maher’s missed 38-yard field goal and Prescott’s ill-advised throw into double coverage.

The Titans (4-4) stopped a three-game losing streak while handing the Cowboys (3-5) their first loss in four home games and giving Dallas a difficult road to recovery for the playoffs.

Cooper scored the first Dallas touchdown and finished five catches for 58 yards after coming over from Oakland in a trade for a first-round pick during the open week.

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