Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush engineered an 11-play drive that ended with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ceedee Lamb and another four-play drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal.
The two fourth-quarter drives propelled Dallas to a victory over the New York Giants, 23-16. Rush was 21-for-31 with 215 passing yards and the touchdown pass. Rush is undefeated as a starter.
He earned praise from star running back Ezekiel Elliott on Tuesday.
“Cooper Clutch,” Elliott wrote.
Elliott was not the only one singing Rush’s praises. Dallas team owner Jerry Jones also had nice words for the quarterback, who was thrust into the starting role when Dak Prescott fractured his thumb in Week 1. Prescott could be back as soon as Week 5, though he has reportedly thought about Week 4.
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“He’s doing a great job and I know that he doesn’t have anybody that’s supporting him more than Dak,” Jones said in his weekly radio appearance. “Because when Dak does get back, if we have a chance to have a record that lets us be in the hunt and lets us be viable, considering the loss of time we had with Dak, then that’s what a quarterback is about. I think we got a good one in Cooper.”
Rush is the only quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to lead game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime of his first three career starts.
“Want to keep winning,” Rush said. “As long as I’m in there, let’s just keep winning. Playing smart, trusting each other, both sides of the ball, and we’ll be all right.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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