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Vaughan takes step back in loss to the 49ers

San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Mike Purcell (64) returns an interception by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, bottom, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.
San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Mike Purcell (64) returns an interception by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, bottom, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. AP

It’s easy to blame the struggles of third-team quarterback Dustin Vaughan on the poor play of the offensive line.

He was sacked twice and harassed through out his two plus quarterbacks of work in the Cowboys 23-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Vaughan completed seven of 16 passes for 84 yards and had a quarterback rating of 20.8.

"You never know who you are playing with but the expectation is you have to manage it," Vaughan said. "You have to lead them. I didn’t do a very good job of doing that today."

Again, Vaughan wasn’t helped by the offensive line. However, he also had several poor throws and admits to poor decisions.

The first interception went right into the hands of nose tackle Mike Purcell, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

"I need to make better decisions," Vaughan said. "I didn’t make good decisions in crucial times. I need to be able to see the defense and what they were giving us. As a quarterback you have to be ready for whatever they give to you."

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