Dallas Cowboys

Rookies make debut for Cowboys

Rookie Ezekiel Elliott has 31 rushing yards in the first half of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott has 31 rushing yards in the first half of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. AP

The Dallas Cowboys made history Sunday by starting a rookie running back and a rookie quarterback in the season opener for the first time since 1969.

Then it was the legendary Roger Staubach at quarterback and Calvin Hill at running back.

Against the New York Giants in the 2016 season opener, the Cowboys had rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott at quarterback in place of the injured Tony Romo with fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott at running back before a packed house at AT&T Stadium.

The stage certainly wasn’t too big for Prescott, who followed a sensation preseason with a strong start against the Giants.

Prescott completed nine of his first 10 passes for 82 yards in the first quarter. The only miss was a drop by receiver Cole Beasley that would have resulted in a touchdown.

That play would prove ominous as the Cowboys had to settle for field goals on three of their drives.

They dominated the time of possession but had little to show for it.

Down 6-0 after a career-long 56-yard field goal from Dan Bailey, the Cowboys used just 93 seconds to take the lead.

Eli Manning tossed a 45-yard pass to receiver Odell Beckham, who ran right by cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Manning followed that up with a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Donnell.

The Cowboys had to settle for another field goal when a 24-yard touchdown pass from Prescott to receiver Dez Prescott was reversed on replay. The ball moved when Bryant hit the ground.

Bailey’s 25-yard field goal made the score 9-7.

The Giants regained the lead with :07 left in the half when Manning hit former Oklahoma star Sterling Shepard with a 9-yard pass.

The missed extra point made the score 13-9 at halftime.

Elliott has 31 rushing yards on 15 carries. Prescott has completed 14 of 19 passes for 134 yards.

The Cowboys led in time of possession 21:57 to 7:56. They are tied in total yards at 185 each.

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