ARLINGTON, Texas -- Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin can take solace in expertly guiding two touchdown drives Thursday during which he carved up the Dallas Cowboys on third down.

Instead, his analysis of a 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium will probably have more to do with two mistakes that accounted for one touchdown the Cowboys got and another the Raiders didn't get.

In the first quarter, McGloin and Stefen Wisnewski botched a center snap that Dallas recovered at the 2-yard line and converted into a 2-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray. It tied the score 7-7.

In the fourth quarter, with the Raiders still within 28-21, Brandon Carr intercepted a McGloin pass in the corner of the end zone intended for Jacoby Ford with 8:46 to play.

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland,
Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Nhat V. Meyer)

McGloin looked at the fumble as a fluke.

"I couldn't tell you the last time a fumble had been snapped between Wiz and I,'' McGloin said. "I don't even remember one at Penn State. That was just a freak thing. We both couldn't believe it happened.''

The interception brought with it some legitimate second-guessing. McGloin had been completing passes to 6-foot-4 Andre Holmes all day (seven receptions for 136 yards) and on the interception put what he called an "opportunity throw'' for 5-foot-9 Jacoby Ford.

"Anytime there's an interception, a million things go through your mind and you rethink it,'' McGloin said. "If it had been a touchdown, nobody would have thought a thing about it ... it was a bad decision by me and no doubt I'll try to fix it.''


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Carr said Ford was "running a streak down the sideline and just playing the ball. (McGloin) got the ball out the whole game. That was one of those cases. He just threw it up, and they got enough big balls on us throughout the game that I felt it was time to go ahead and make a play and shift the momentum.''

McGloin was 11 of 14 in the first half for 146 yards and the Raiders were 7-for-7 on third-down conversions. He was 7 of 15 for 104 yards and the Raiders were 0-for-6 on third downs in the second half.

"We had a lot of momentum. Things were clicking,'' McGloin said. "We were on the field for a while, we had some long drives. We were putting drives together, putting plays together. In the second half, we couldn't stay out there. Things weren't clicking. You can't win when that happens.''

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said McGloin didn't play as well as he has in previous games "but I still think he did some good things. I still thought we were able to throw the football. We were able to get down the field some .... a couple of mistakes in the game, but I wouldn't say it was a poor performance.''