Cow­boys hold off Red­skins, win 10th

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Dak Prescott ac­counted for two touch­downs, fel­low rookie Ezekiel El­liott ran for a pair of scores and the Dal­las Cow­boys ex­tended their fran­chise reg­u­lar-sea­son record with a 10th straight vic­tory, beat­ing the Washington Red­skins, 31-26, on Thurs­day.

The rookie quar­ter­back tied Don Mered­ith’s club record from 50 years ago with his fifth rush­ing TD and the NFL-lead­ing Cow­boys (10-1) won de­spite 449 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs from Kirk Cousins, the first Red­skins quar­ter­back with two 400-yard games in a sea­son.

The Red­skins (6-4-1) got swept by their NFC East ri­val, and the de­fend­ing di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons fell 3 ½ games be­hind Dal­las with five games left af­ter their sev­enth Thanks­giv­ing loss to the Cow­boys in eight tries.

El­liott, the NFL rush­ing leader, had the fourth score on five

straight sec­ond-half touch­down drives be­tween the two teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. The 21-year-old had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the sea­son.

The Cow­boys had an eight-game streak with at

least 400 yards snapped, fin­ish­ing with 353. But Dal­las an­swered with touch­downs each time the Red­skins got within a score on Cousins’ passes of 5 yards to Jor­dan Reed and 67 yards to DeSean Jack­son, who had 118 yards re­ceiv­ing.

Af­ter Cousins’ sec­ond scor­ing toss to Reed, an 8-yarder with 1:53 re­main­ing, Dustin Hop­kins’ on­side kick went out of bounds. The Cow­boys ran out the clock.

Reed had 10 catches for 95 yards af­ter miss­ing most of the first half when he in­jured his left shoul­der leap­ing for a pass over his head in the end zone.

Cousins, who was 41 of 53 and fin­ished 8 yards shy of his ca­reer high, took the Washington ca­reer lead with his third 400-yard game.

Prescott was 17 of 24 for 195 yards and one touch­down, a toe-tap­per to Ter­rance

Wil­liams. He had eight car­ries for 39 yards, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-long 18-yarder. Dez Bryant led Dal­las with 72 yards on five catches.


The late-af­ter­noon sun shin­ing through the glass doors on the west side of the stadium was an is­sue in the opener when Dal­las tight end Ja­son Wit­ten ad­mit­ted that the glare con­trib­uted

to a pass he dropped in the New York Giants’ 20-19 win.

Cousins had to battle it dur­ing a sec­ond-quar­ter drive that ended in the sec­ond of Dustin Hop­kins’ two missed field goals: a 55-yarder.

Prescott threw away from the sun to Wil­liams for the touch­down on the sub­se­quent pos­ses­sion, and the glare wasn’t a fac­tor af­ter that.


Cow­boys wide re­ceiver Ter­rance Wil­liams is pushed out of the end zone by Red­skins’ Bashaud Bree­land af­ter catch­ing a pass for a touch­down in the first half of Thurs­day’s game in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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