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Live scoring summary: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 1-2 on the season, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 16-10 Sunday.

The loss wasted an excellent effort by the Bucs defense, which stymied the Cowboys offense much of the day, including an interception and two sacks of Tony Romo that resulted in lost fumbles.

But the Bucs offense was lethargic at best, scoring its only touchdown after an interception and managing just one complete pass in the second half prior to a late-game drive that set up a field goal. Josh Freeman completed just 10 of 28 passes for 110 yards and running back Doug Martin managed less than 3 yards per rush, gaining 53 yards on 19 carries.

After scoring a touchdown on their first possession (following at interception at the Dallas 29), the Bucs failed to score on their next nine possessions (eight punts and an interception).

The Bucs return home next Sunday to play the Washington Redskins in a 1 p.m. game.

Here is how today's game unfolded.

FIRST QUARTER

Tampa Bay 7, Dallas 0

Bucs scoring play: Luke Stocker 1-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick)

Time: 10:51

Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 3:20

Key plays: The Bucs defense set up Tampa Bay's first score, with Aqib Talib intercepting Tony Romo on the third play of the game. Two Cowboys penalties (pass interference at the 12 and offsides) moved the Bucs inside the 10, Doug Martin converted a fourth and 1 from the 3, and Freeman hit a wide-open Stocker on a first-and-goal play-action pass.

Tampa Bay 7, Dallas 7

Cowboys scoring play: DeMarco Murray 11-yard touchdown run (Dan Bailey kick)

Time: 1:22

Drive: 4 plays, 23 yards, 2:01

Key plays: Dallas LB Sean Lee intercepted a Freeman pass (after it bounced off Bucs RB D.J. Ware) at the Cowboys 23 and the turnover resulted in the tying score. Murray picked up 14 yards on a swing pass to the right, then scored on a run around left end two plays later.

SECOND QUARTER

Dallas 10, Tampa Bay 7

Cowboys scoring play: Bailey 32-yard field goal

Time: 2:51

Drive: 7 plays, 11 yards, 3:25

Key plays: The score was set up by another Bucs mistake (well, actually two). LB Dekoda Watson whiffed on what should have been a blocked punt, roughing the kicker in the process, and WR Jordan Shipley fumbled the punt at the other end, with Dallas recovering at the 39. The penalty moved the ball to the Bucs 24. Romo picked up 9 yards on third and 7 for a first down at the 12, but a Murray run lost 2 yards and two incompletions forced the field goal.

FOURTH QUARTER

Dallas 13, Tampa Bay 7

Cowboys scoring play: Bailey 26-yard field goal

Time: 11:10

Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 5:22

Key plays: The big play was a 49-yard completion from Romo to Miles Austin, moving the Cowboys to the Bucs 30. Dallas was backed up by a holding penalty, managed back-to-back receptions by Kevin Ogletree (17 yards) and Dez Bryant (11) for a first down at the Tampa Bay 12, but still had to kick the field goal after another motion penalty and a Romo sack by Gerald McCoy.

Dallas 16, Tampa Bay 7

Cowboys scoring play: Bailey 22-yard field goal

Time: 2:43

Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:57

Key plays: Bryant turned in the day's biggest play, returning a punt down the right sideline 44 yards to the Bucs 6 to set up the game-clinching score. Three plays netted just 2 yards, with Bailey's third field goal giving the Cowboys a two-score lead.

Dallas 16, Tampa Bay 10

Bucs scoring play: Barth 28-yard field goal

Time: :40

Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 2:03

Key plays: The Bucs passing game finally appeared, as Freeman completed passes of 29 yards (Vincent Jackson), 12 yards (Martin), 23 yards (Mike Williams) and 7 yards (Tiquan Underwood) to get as close as the Cowboys 10 before Barth extended his consecutive field-goal streak to 22.

First quarter
Scores
Bucs 7-0 10:51 6 plays, 29 yards, 3:20
Luke Stocker 1-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: The Bucs defense sets up the first score, with CB Aqib Talib intercepting Tony Romo on the third play of the game. A pass interference at the 12 and an offside call moved the Bucs inside the 10. RB Doug Martin converted fourth and 1 from the 3, and Freeman hit TE Stocker, who was wide open, on a first-and-goal play-action.
Tied 7-7 1:22 4 plays, 23 yards, 2:01
DeMarco Murray 11-yard run (Dan Bailey kick). Key plays: Dallas LB Sean Lee intercepted a Josh Freeman pass (after it bounced off RB D.J. Ware) at the Cowboys 23, and the turnover resulted in the tying score. Murray picked up 14 yards on a swing pass to the right, then scored on a run around left end two plays later.


Second quarter
Scores
Cowboys 10-7 2:51 7 plays, 11 yards, 3:25
Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal. Key plays: The score was set up by two Bucs mistakes. LB Dekoda Watson whiffed on what should have been a blocked punt, roughing the kicker in the process, and returner Jordan Shipley fumbled the punt, with Dallas recovering at the Bucs 39. The penalty moved the ball to the 24. QB Tony Romo picked up 9 yards on third and 7, but from the 12 a DeMarco Murray run lost 2 yards and two incompletions forced the field goal.


Fourth quarter
Scores
Cowboys 13-7 11:10 9 plays, 72 yards, 5:22
Dan Bailey 26-yard field goal. Key plays: A 49-yard completion from Tony Romo to WR Miles Austin put the Cowboys at the 30. After a Dallas holding penalty, consecutive completions to receivers Kevin Ogletree (17 yards) and Dez Bryant (11) made it first down at the 12, but a motion penalty and a sack by DT Gerald McCoy led to a field goal.
Cowboys 16-7 2:43 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:57
Dan Bailey 22-yard field goal. Key plays: Dez Bryant had the day's biggest play, returning a punt 44 yards to the 6. Three plays netted 2 yards, then the field goal made it a two-score lead.
Cowboys 16-10 :40 11 plays, 70 yards, 2:03
Connor Barth 28-yard field goal. Key plays: Josh Freeman completions of 29 yards (Vincent Jackson), 12 (Doug Martin), 23 (Mike Williams) and 7 (Tiquan Underwood) got the Bucs to the Dallas 10, then Barth extended his consecutive field-goal streak to 22.

Live scoring summary: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 09/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 10:28pm]

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