ORCHARD PARK, N.Y -- . Nolan Carroll was the Dolphins' yardage leader in the first half of Thursday night's 19-14 loss to the Bills.
While the Dolphins' offense produced just 50 total yards in the half, Carroll was penalized three times for 51 yards in the second quarter alone.
The cornerback was called for pass interference twice in the span of four plays during a drive that results in the Bills' third field goal of the game.
Carroll's first penalty came on a deep third down pass to T.J. Graham that moved the Bills 31 yards upfield.
The second penalty came on first down and the 15-yard gain put the Bills in field goal range.
Carroll drew a five-yard illegal contact penalty on a first down pass on the Bills' next possession that also produced a field goal.
"Dumb calls," Carroll said after the game. "You'll see on the tape. I didn't do anything wrong. They just kept throwing penalties. It's frustrating because that really dictated the whole game."
By the second series of the third quarter, Carroll was replaced at right corner by R.J. Stanford.
Dolphins coach Jerry Philbin was careful not to criticize the officiating, but indicated that Carroll was not benched for the penalties.
"The referees made some calls that they felt were appropriate and so we got some different people in," Philbin said. "He obviously got back in the game and he competed."
Nickel corner Jimmy Wilson was injured on the first play of that series blitzing Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and was replaced by Bryan McCann. Wilson returned on the next series.
Carroll got back on the field in the fourth quarter and was soon flagged for a five-yard defensive holding penalty on first down.
On the Bills' final drive of the half, miscues from Wilson and cornerback Sean Smith aided the Bills on their way to another field goal.
Wilson let an interception slip through his hands on a tipped pass in the end zone on first down, and on the next play, Smith was called for pass interference trying to defend Steve Johnson in the corner of the end zone.
Safety Reshad Jones did his best to atone for his teammates' mistakes, saving a touchdown on the next play. Despite giving up six inches and more than 50 pounds in man-to-man coverage on the outside, Jones prevented Bills tight end Scott Chandler from getting inside position and knocked away Ryan Fitzpatrick's quick pass.
Jones had a strong night overall, leading the Dolphins with 14 tackles (11 solo) and making several third-down stops. He forced a fumble with a big hit on Bills' receiver Donald Jones on the first play of the fourth quarter, but Chandler was able to beat Wilson to recover the loose ball.
Smith forced a fumble on after a long Chandler reception in the first quarter, but Chandler recovered that one too.
Overall, the Dolphins secondary held the Bills passing game in check. Fitzpatrick completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards, 55 below his season average. Fitzpatrick completed 8 of 10 passes in the second half, but those went for only 42 yards.
"We did better," Carroll said. "But they didn't want to attack us as much because they had the lead."
The Bills had just two pass plays of more than 20 yards, and one of them was a screen pass to running back C.J. Spiller.