The Dallas Cowboys punted on their first possession but drove 34 yards on eight plays on their second to set up Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal in the first quarter Saturday night in a preseason game against the Bengals.
The first quarter finished with Dallas holding a 3-0 lead. The Cowboys held a massive time of possession advantage in the quarter: 11:28 to 3:32 and had six first downs compared to the Bengals’ zero. Rod Smith rushed for 36 yards on nine carries. Prescott completed 8 of 12 passes for 72 yards.
Prescott led an 82-yard touchdown drive on the Cowboys’ third possession. Prescott connected with Terrance Williams on a six-yard scoring pass. Safety Chidobe Awuzie intercepted a pass with under a minute remaining in the half.
Prescott completed 10 of 15 passes for 86 yards and did not play after the Cowboys’ third possession. Smith had 49 yards on 13 carries in the first half.
The Bengals dominated the time of possession in the third quarter and got on the board with a 55-yard field goal from Jonathan Brown. They took an 11-10 lead on Trey Carson’s two-yard rushing score and a two-point conversion pass to John Ross from Jeff Driskel. The Bengals drove 92 yards on 14 plays and scored with just over a minute remaining in the quarter.
Brett Maher’s 45-year old field goal pulled the Cowboys to within 14-13 wit 9:22 left in the game. Brian Hill caught a three-yard pass to cap a 59-yard, four-play drive drive and give Cincinnati a 21-13 lead with 7:46 remaining.
The Cowboys led in total yards 279 to 246. The Bengals had 16 first downs compared to Dallas’ 15.