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Cowboys Beat Dolphins In NFL Preseason Game

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CANTON, OH - AUGUST 4: Quarterback Nick Stephens #3 of the Dallas Cowboys throws an incomplete pass while under pressure from defensive end Derrick Shelby #79 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 4: Quarterback Nick Stephens #3 of the Dallas Cowboys throws an incomplete pass while under pressure from defensive end Derrick Shelby #79 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Dolphins are off to a slow start for the new season after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the first NFL preseason game.

Rookie Devonte Holloman’s 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-20 victory over the Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFL’s preseason.

The sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moore’s pass go off his hands in the second quarter. It was the biggest play for a Dallas defense switching to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.

But the Cowboys controlled most of the game one night after their former offensive lineman, Larry Allen, and former coach, Bill Parcells, were inducted into the hall.

Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas. So the Cowboys turned to their ground game — and ground down Miami as few regulars got onto the field.

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