Big play sparks Chargers to win
SAN DIEGO—Kellen Clemens saw Dontrelle Inman in single coverage and waited for him to beat his man.
Clemens’ 70-yard touchdown pass to Inman in the third quarter was the highlight of the San Diego Chargers’ 27-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys in an exhibition opener last night.
“He had a great release and then got past him.
“Once he got it, turned the jets on and pulled away,” Clemens added. “It was fun to watch.”
Inman, who played the last two seasons in the CFL, said it was “kind of stressful” with so much open field ahead.
“First you want for the ball to come down and then you actually have to run another 50 or 40 yards,” he noted.
“It’s very stressful.”
Clemens signed as a free agent in March to serve as back-up to Philip Rivers after Charlie Whitehurst left for Tennessee.
Clemens spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a back-up to starter Sam Bradford.
He started the last nine games after Bradford went down with a knee injury.
After Inman scored, the Chargers got the ball right back on a strip sack by Thomas Keiser and recovery by Damik Scafre.
Kerwynn Williams scored on a one-yard run two plays later to make it 24-7.
Rivers played just the opening series—completing all four passes for 61 yards.
That drive ended when Ryan Mathews, who has a history of fumbling, lost the ball as he tried to go over the pile and into the end zone.
Dallas’ Terrance Mitchell recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
Brandon Weeden, making his Cowboys’ debut, finished the ensuing drive by weathering a big hit and completing a four-yard scoring pass to James Hanna, who pulled it in while falling to the ground in the back of the end zone.
Chargers’ defensive end Lawrence Guy injured a shoulder hitting Weeden.
“I must be a lot bigger than I think,” Weeden quipped.
With Tony Romo sitting out to rest his surgically-repaired back, Weeden started and played the first half.
He completed 13-of-17 passes for 107 yards.
He signed with Dallas after spending two seasons with Cleveland.
Caleb Hanie took over for Weeden on the Cowboys’ first drive of the second half.
Other pre-season action saw Washington dump New England 23-6, Denver beat Seattle 21-16, Baltimore pound San Francisco 23-3, Kansas City top Cincinnati 41-39, and the N.Y. Jets shade Indianapolis 13-10.