Travis Frederick apologized to Ezekiel Elliott. It’s the least the Cowboys center could do after costing Elliott a 100-yard game.
“The first thing he said was, ‘Hey, no problem. Let’s go,’” Frederick said Wednesday. “The same thing with everybody around. It’s happened to everybody. You don’t want it to happen, but things like that do happen during the course of the game.”
Frederick drew a fourth-quarter holding penalty, negating a 63-yard run by Elliott. Instead of being at the Philadelphia 15, the 10-yard penalty backed up the Cowboys to their own 12.
“It’s terrible, especially the longer and longer the run goes,” Frederick said. “I saw the flag, and I knew he had called it on me, because I was the only person in that area. So everybody’s running after the play, and I didn’t run after the play, knowing that it was coming back. But I saw it go farther and farther, and you feel bad.”
The Cowboys turned the play into the league for review, according to a source, but Frederick said he accepts the penalty. It was his second hold of the season and only the seventh in four seasons.
“It’s a hold. It got called,” Frederick said. “…I see what the ref saw. From the angle he was at, I understand why he called it. I asked him for an explanation, and he didn’t really have one for me, but I get it. Every single play there’s something that happens that if you’re at the right angle, and you see it, it could be called holding. It’s our job to make sure we do what we can to not present that opportunity for the refs. I need to be better. Simple for me. If I just do my job a little bit better, there’s no question there.”
The Cowboys overcame the penalty, scoring the game-tying touchdown 10 plays later on a 22-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant. Dallas won in overtime.
Elliott, though, finished with 96 yards, the first time in five games a team has held him under the century mark.
“I’m happy we were able to overcome that and still score,” Frederick said. “I feel a little bit bad because Zeke doesn’t get credit for all the yards that he had on that play. It was a great run.”