TAMPA, Fla. —Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score Saturday night, helping the Dallas Cowboys stop a two-game losing streak with a 31-15 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The win gave the Cowboys (8-6) a half-game lead over the New York Giants in the NFC East. The Bucs (4-10) lost for the eighth straight time.
Romo threw a pair of 8-yard TD passes to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant in the first quarter, then finished a seven-play, 89-yard drive with a 9-yarder to Laurent Robinson to make it 21-0 with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Romo made it 28-0 on a quarterback sneak in the closing seconds of the opening half.
Total Net Yards399190
Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0
Time of Possession37:5922:01
Dallas14 14 3 0—31 Tampa Bay 0 0 15 0—15
Dal—Austin 8 pass from Romo (Bailey kick), 8:44.
Dal—Bryant 8 pass from Romo (Bailey kick), :18.
Dal—Robinson 9 pass from Romo (Bailey kick), 4:42.
Dal—Romo 1 run (Bailey kick), :20.
TB—Watson 7 fumble return (Barth kick), 13:39.
Dal—FG Bailey 30, 6:38.
TB—Briscoe 13 pass from Freeman (Winslow pass from Freeman), :23.
Rushing—Dallas, Jones 22-108, Morris 12-53, Romo 3-(minus 1). Tampa Bay, Freeman 4-37, Blount 9-21.
Passing—Dallas, Romo 23-30-0-249. Tampa Bay, Freeman 17-27-0-148.
Receiving—Dallas, Austin 5-53, Witten 4-77, Bryant 4-40, Robinson 3-29, Bennett 3-23, Jones 3-23, Ogletree 1-4. Tampa Bay, Lumpkin 5-50, Winslow 4-37, Briscoe 3-36, Madu 2-8, Pianalto 1-7, Spurlock 1-6, Stocker 1-4.
Missed Field Goals—None.