ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan/AP) – It may have only been a preseason game, but Cowboys fans certainly saw some things to get excited about on Saturday night.
Jaylon Smith made his first tackle, Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant hooked up for a touchdown and Cowboys third-string quarterback Cooper Rush threw two more touchdown passes as Dallas beat the Colts 24-19.
On his first drive this preseason, Prescott led a 95-yard seven-play drive that ended in a 32-yard touchdown for Bryant.
Prescott finished 7 for 8 for 106 yards in his two series of work.
His second series ended on a fumble inside Indy’s 10 by Darren McFadden, who started as the Cowboys again delayed Ezekiel Elliott’s exhibition debut.
Elliott has appealed his suspension while disputing the NFL’s findings that he caused bruises on his ex-girlfriend in several confrontations last summer in Ohio.
Bryant’s 55 yards receiving held up as the most in the game for the Cowboys.
“I don’t know if I can honestly put it into words just how much better of a player he is, and we were just talking about how good his body feels,” Prescott said. “He’s just a much better player right now than what he was last year at this time. Our chemistry is growing, so it’s fun.”
Scott Tolzien played the first half for the Colts, who aren’t sure if Luck will be ready for the regular season after offseason shoulder surgery.
Indy didn’t record a first down until early in the second quarter, and its only touchdown before halftime was Lavar Edwards’ 15-yard return of Dallas backup quarterback Kellen Moore’s fumble.
Moore struggled in his two plus quarters of action. He went 10 for 21 for 131 yards.
Tolzien led a 60-yard drive to Adam Vinatieri’s 33-yard field goal in the second quarter, highlighted by a 25-yard pass to Kamar Aiken. Tolzien, who is 0-2-1 as an NFL starter, finished 10 of 14 for 70 yards.
Stephen Morris, the third quarterback to play, finally got the Colts an offensive touchdown on an 18-yard throw to Fred Brown with 57 seconds remaining. Morris was 11 of 115 for 111 yards, most of it with Indianapolis down two scores in the fourth quarter.
Rush shined once again when he entered the game. The Central Michigan product went 8 for 9 for 102 yards and added two touchdown passes.
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