Time running out on Cowboys


Monday, August 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Irving-AP) -- With the preseason winding down, the Dallas Cowboys have plenty that needs fixing and not a lot of time left to get all the holes patched.

The Cowboys tumbled to 0-and-4 this summer with Saturday night's 36-to-23 loss to the Broncos in Denver. They wrap up the preseason with a Thursday night date at Texas Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.

Dallas has the September Third regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles approaching, and the Cowboys are looking for improvement in all areas against the Rams.

Against the Broncos, the Cowboys suffered meltdowns on offense, defense and special teams. Rookie Darran Hall fumbled away two first-quarter kickoffs that led to a touchdown and a field goal.

That forced the Cowboys to play catch-up all night.

And the Cowboys managed only two first-half field goals even though Troy Aikman played the entire first half in his longest stint of the summer. Aikman misfired on 13 of 20 passes and was able to complete only two passes to top receiver Joey Galloway for 25 yards.