Ravens' Cook scores TD in win over Falcons
North grad catches 5-yard touchdown pass

ATLANTA - Jason Cook's dream was always to make it to the Georgia Dome, first while at North Gwinnett and then with Ole Miss.

He never did.

But Cook finally made it on Thursday night as an NFL hopeful and he made the most of his opportunity in Baltimore's 20-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Although the rookie free-agent fullback may not stick on the Ravens' regular-season roster when the cut down to 53 players is made Saturday, he can always remember his preseason touchdown.

Cook scored the first time he touched the ball as a pro, grabbing quarterback John Beck's short pass in the flat and getting into the end zone from 5 yards out on the Ravens' first possession.

Falcons cornerback Chris Houston tried to hit Cook high and knock him out of bounds. But it was just one of the times that the struggling Houston didn't come through during a disappointing preseason.

While the TD was a very memorable moment for Cook, Baltimore's opening defense was another painful stumble for the shaky Falcons defense. With regulars in the game except for end John Abraham, Ravens backups drove 91 yards during a 14-play opening drive that took 7:59. Baltimore was 3-for-3 on third down.

Baltimore finished the preseason 4-0, while Atlanta was 2-2.

Jason Elam cut Baltimore's lead to 7-3 at halftime, booting a 45-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in the second quarter. But the Brookwood graduate missed wide left from 35 yards out in the third quarter and Baltimore clinched the victory on Beck's 15-yard TD pass to Eron Riley in the fourth quarter.

John Parker Wilson, the rookie quarterback from Alabama who is used to playing at the Georgia Dome, took over for Matt Ryan after the Falcons' first possession and played into the third quarter, going 13 of 19 passing for 80 yards. Atlanta had to settle for Elam's field goal after Robert Ferguson couldn't hold Wilson's long pass in the end zone.

Despite the TD, Cook remains a long shot to make the Ravens, who must trim three running backs. He is competing with Jalen Parmele and fellow rookies Cedric Peerman and Matt Lawrence for the final spot.

Baltimore is well set in the running department, with Willis McGahee, Le'Ron McClain and Ray Rice.

While his older brother is trying to beat the odds with the Ravens, tight end Jared Cook is assured of a spot with Tennessee. The third-round draft choice from South Carolina was the Titans' leading receiver during preseason games.

Notes: Beck was 16 of 28 passing for 232 yards. ... Ty Hill, the cornerback acquired from St. Louis this week, didn't dress for the Falcons. ... Baltimore held out most of its top offensive and defensive players. ... Steven Hauschka kicked a 33-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and a 46-yarder with 1:20 left for the Ravens.