Cowboys’ offense puts up nothing but missed opportunities in second half

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Terrance Williams dropped the first pass that came his way. And fumbled the last time he had the ball.

Unwittingly, the rookie receiver from Baylor symbolized the Dallas Cowboys’ offense Sunday against the San Diego Chargers — a play here and there, and then a missed opportunity.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do — you’re supposed to try to make plays,” receiver Dwayne Harris said, asked about Williams’ fumble at the goal line as the Cowboys were trying to rally in the fourth quarter.

“That’s what we do. Sometimes they go in your favor, sometimes they don’t. Same with me last week. I muffed a punt. Everybody’s trying to make plays.”

The Cowboys tried, certainly. But they did not make plays.

Dez Bryant dropped a sideline pass on third down from midfield with the Cowboys ahead 21-20 in the third quarter, forcing them to punt and give the Chargers a possession they used to go ahead with a field goal.

On their next possession, Ronald Leary’s holding penalty wiped out a catch for a first down by Cole Beasley. The Cowboys almost made up for that mistake, but on third down, tight end Jason Witten couldn’t turn himself cleanly enough to catch a ball against two defenders. The Cowboys punted, and the Chargers drove for the touchdown that put them up 30-21.

“Those aren’t easy plays,” coach Jason Garrett said of the Bryant and Witten miscues. “Those aren’t easy throws and easy catches, but those guys are capable of making them.”

Finally, Williams’ fumble — off a twisting effort to try to score — killed the Cowboys’ best possession of the second half.

“We had too many missed opportunities, more than anything,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “We had a few different times we could’ve moved the chains. Not necessarily on third down but put us in a third-down situation where we didn’t necessarily just throw and catch as well as we needed to, and that hurt.”

It left the Cowboys shut out in the second half.

“Seemed like the ball was just going their way,” Beasley said.

Williams blamed himself for losing the ball.

“I was just trying to make a play,” he said. “It just didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I just feel like I let a whole bunch of people down.”

Williams had seven catches for 71 yards, both team highs, on eight targets. He caught everything he was thrown after that first drop.

“He’s good at that kind of a play, and he was trying to break a tackle and get into the end zone,” Garrett said.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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