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Inman's 70-yard touchdown catch spurs Bolts over Cowboys in exhibition opener, 27-7

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    Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna catches a 4-yard touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green goes up high to catch a pass in front of Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden throws against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks to throw a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) (The Associated Press)

New backup quarterback Kellen Clemens threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Dontrelle Inman midway through the third quarter and the San Diego Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 Thursday night in an exhibition opener.

Inman, who played in the CFL the last two seasons, beat single coverage down the right sideline and was gone to give San Diego a 17-7 lead.

Clemens made his Chargers debut after signing as a free agent in March and replacing Charlie Whitehurst as backup to Philip Rivers. Clemens spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a backup to starter Sam Bradford. He started the last nine games after Bradford went down with a knee injury.