The Norman Transcript

National Sports

September 17, 2013

DT Jason Hatcher insists Cowboys will be contender

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys followed a big win over the New York Giants in the opener with a worrisome loss on the road — just like last year.

Tony Romo had a big turnover, the defense didn’t get a takeaway and couldn’t make a critical stop in the final minutes — just like last year.

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is certain this isn’t just like 2012.

“I’m not worried about last year’s woes or whatever: 1-1 and then you go downhill,” Hatcher said after Sunday’s 17-16 loss at Kansas City. “That will not happen. We’re going to be a contender when this is all said and done.”

Hatcher did his part to make sure this showing was better than last year’s loss in Seattle, getting six tackles, a sack, another tackle for loss and a batted pass. But Hatcher was also in the middle of a defense that couldn’t stop the Chiefs in time to give Romo one more realistic shot at a winning drive.

Jamaal Charles had 8 yards on eight carries when Kansas City took over with 3:50 remaining. He needed just two tries to surpass that — and get the first of three first downs that left the Cowboys just 16 seconds from their 4-yard line. Charles had 47 yards on the final Kansas City possession.

A week after getting six takeaways against the Giants, the Cowboys didn’t have any. They were plus-5 in turnover margin in the opener, and minus-2 this time.

“We’ve got to outplay their defense,” Hatcher said. “They got two turnovers, we’ve got to get four. Up front we made some clutch plays, but when it counted we didn’t show up.”

There were several troubling developments for Romo’s offense heading into Sunday’s home matchup with St. Louis. Dallas struggled getting touchdowns from inside the 20 — another issue a year ago. Romo’s accuracy, and even his velocity, appeared off at critical moments a week after the Giants roughed up his ribs.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

    MILWAUKEE — Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million....

    April 17, 2014

  • Hopes high for Negro League stadium comeback

    PATERSON, N.J. — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. Though silent for decades, the former home of several Negro League teams is getting another chance ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Ryu takes early lead in LPGA LOTTE

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii — So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday to take the lead halfway through a windy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship. Japan’s Ayako Uehara was one stroke back....

    April 17, 2014

  • Captain Tom teeing it up at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Tom Watson wants to take a closer look at American prospects for the Ryder Cup, so the U.S. captain is playing in the RBC Heritage this week....

    April 17, 2014

  • Rangers rally past Mariners

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game that ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Joe Kelly hurt as Brewers top Cards

    MILWAUKEE — The St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday may prove more costly than one defeat in the NL Central standings....

    April 17, 2014

  • Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again

    MILWAUKEE — Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers. ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Commissioner calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks....

    April 16, 2014

  • Fielder finally goes deep as Rangers shut out Mariners

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night....

    April 16, 2014

  • Warriors trying to move on without Bogut

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Go small or go home....

    April 16, 2014