Cow­boys notch 11th straight win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jon Krawczyn­ski

Dez Bryant caught four passes for 84 yards and the go-ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, help­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys win their 11th straight game with a 17-15 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Vik­ings on Thurs­day night.

Bryant’s 56-yard catch in the first half set up Ezekiel El­liott’s 1-yard plunge. The re­ceiver caught an 8-yard scor­ing pass in the fourth quar­ter af­ter a fum­bled punt by Min­nesota’s Adam Thie­len.

El­liott rushed for 86 yards on 20 car­ries for the Cow­boys (11-1). They have the long­est sin­gle-sea­son win­ning streak in fran­chise his­tory.

Sam Brad­ford threw a 3-yard touch­down pass to Jer­ick McKin­non with 25 sec­onds to play, but the 2-point con­ver­sion failed for the Vik­ings (6-6), who found out ear­lier on Thurs­day that coach Mike Zim­mer would not be able to at­tend the game af­ter hav­ing emer­gency eye surgery on Wed­nes­day night.

Dak Prescott was 12 for 18 for 139 yards pass­ing for Dal­las.

Brad­ford com­pleted 32 of 45 passes for 247 yards, Danielle Hunter had two sacks and Kai For­bath kicked three field goals for Min­nesota, which has last six of the last seven games af­ter a 5-0 start.

Vik­ings spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor Mike Priefer was el­e­vated to head coach for the game and it re­mains un­clear how long Zim­mer will be out. Min­nesota’s thir­dranked de­fense did their fiery leader proud, hold­ing the ex­plo­sive Cow­boys of­fense to sea­son lows in points, yards (264) and first downs (13).

The Vik­ings forced two turnovers from a team that had not coughed one up in the pre­vi­ous four games, in­clud­ing a strip sack by Brian Ro­bi­son that set up For­bath’s 33-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead early in the fourth quar­ter.

Key Play

With Dal­las’ of­fense do­ing noth­ing, Kyle Wil­ber made the play of the game when he punched the ball out of Thie­len’s hand, then pulled the ball away as the two rolled to the turf. Of­fi­cials ini­tially did not catch the fum­ble, but a headsup chal­lenge by Jason Gar­rett got the call over­turned and Prescott found Bryant on the next play.

Catch­less in Min­neapo­lis

Cow­boys tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass, snap­ping a team-record streak of 130 straight games with a re­cep­tion dat­ing to 2008.

A TD to tie TD

El­liott’s 1-yard plunge in the sec­ond quar­ter gave Dal­las a 7-3 lead. It was his 12th touch­down rush­ing this sea­son, ty­ing him with Tony Dorsett for most by a rookie in Cow­boys his­tory.

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