Cowboys' Tanney takes a pounding

ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Alex Tanney was bruised and battered Thursday night by Houston, playing all but one series in the 24-6 loss.

Tanney was sacked seven times and hit at least that many times more, completing 17 of 31 passes for 177 yards and throwing one interception.

“It was definitely a learning experience,” Tanney said. “Just too many mistakes on my part. We didn’t put hardly put any points on the board, so that’s on me.”

Tanney was besieged by Houston’s pass rush with a patchwork offensive line that had a difficult time handling four rushers, if not many blitzes. Late in the fourth quarter he hit Cole Beasley (14 yards) and Tim Benford (32 yards) on back-to-back plays and got the Cowboys to the Texans' 7-yard line at the two-minute warning. He was sacked three times, saw his face mask grabbed once, scrambled once and at one point faced second-and-29 from the Houston 30.

The Cowboys settled for a Dan Bailey field goal with 29 seconds to play.

“I treat every drive the same, but it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t get in the end zone at the end,” Tanney said.

Now he waits to see if the Cowboys clear a spot on the 53-man roster, which does not appear likely given needs elsewhere. He could be added to the practice squad.

“You never know what to expect,” Tanney said. “I just know I worked as hard as I possibly could over the last month and a half, so whatever happens from here just happens.”