3:53 p.m.-DALLAS COWBOYS CRUSH CLEVELAND BROWNS, 35-10
CLEVELAND -- Despite their rookie status, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott proved too much for the Cleveland Browns to handle, and the Dallas Cowboys rode the successes of their first-year players to a 35-10 win at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.
Prescott completed 21 of his 27 attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns without an interception or fumble against the Browns. Elliott complemented Prescott’s performance with a 92-yard, two-touchdown showing on 18 carries.
Prescott’s three touchdowns went to three different players, tight ends Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar, as well as wide receiver Cole Beasley.
Although Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler completed 19 of his 27 throws for 203 yards with one touchdown, he got little help in the running game, as Isaiah Crowell gained just four yards on six carries and Duke Johnson accounted for 30 on five attempts.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to an NFC-best 7-1 through the first half of their schedule, while the Browns matched a dubious mark with their ninth straight loss to start the season. Only the 1975 Browns started the season with as many losses before their first victory as this year’s team.
3:08 p.m.-COWBOYS CONTINUE TO FIND END ZONE
CLEVELAND -- After utilizing their running game to move the ball into the end zone on previous drives, the Dallas Cowboys used it effectively as a decoy on their fifth scoring possession of the game.
Following a pair of runs from rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott to get the ball down to the Cleveland Browns’ two-yard line, first-year quarterback Dak Prescott used a play fake to attract the attention of the defense and found tight end Gavin Escobar with a touchdown pass.
Prescott’s third passing touchdown of the game gave the Cowboys a 35-10 lead over the Browns with 1:41 to play in the third quarter.
2:49 p.m.-ELLIOTT SCORES SECOND TOUCHDOWN
CLEVELAND -- Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott scored his second touchdown on an eight-yard run around left tackle and staked the Dallas Cowboys out to a 28-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 11:30 to play in the third quarter.
On first and goal from the eight after a six-yard pass from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to tight end Jason Witten, Elliott took the handoff, chop-stepped at the line of scrimmage and sprinted out wide to the left. Then, with no defender close, Elliott cut up the field and jogged across the goal line for the touchdown.
Although the seven-play, 75-yard drive ended with a run, it was Prescott’s passing abilities that moved the ball initially.
Utilizing a fake pitch to the left of the formation, Prescott rolled out to his right and found Witten for a 35-yard gain up to Cleveland’s 40-yard line. Then, two plays later, Prescott connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant for a 19-yard pass to the Browns’ 20-yard line.
2:22 p.m.-BROWNS SCORE LATE TOUCHDOWN
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns put together an 80-yard touchdown drive in just 1:27 and cut the Dallas Cowboys’ lead to 11 at 21-10 heading into halftime.
On second and 10 from Dallas’ 12-yard line, Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler rolled out to his right and delivered a pass to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor for a touchdown. Kessler threw the ball where only Pryor could catch it, and he dove to corral for his team-best fourth touchdown of the season.
Earlier in the drive, Kessler completed two passes to rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman for gains of 18 and 12 yards, respectively.
2:14 p.m.-COWBOYS TAKE THREE-SCORE LEAD
CLEVELAND -- Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott finished off an eight-play, 67-yard scoring drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cole Beasley that gave them a 21-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 1:50 to play in the first half.
Facing a third and goal from the Browns’ six-yard line, Prescott took the shotgun snap and patiently waited for the play to develop. With a clean pocket behind his offensive line, Prescott held the ball until Beasley broke free from a Cleveland defensive back and headed toward the left corner of the end zone.
Prescott lobbed the pass over the defensive line and into Beasley’s hands for his team-leading fourth touchdown catch of the season.
1:55 p.m.-ELLIOTT EXTENDS COWBOYS’ LEAD
CLEVELAND -- Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott extended the Dallas Cowboys’ lead over the Cleveland Browns to 14-3 with a 10-yard touchdown run with 10:02 to play in the first half from FirstEnergy Stadium.
On first and goal from the Browns’ 10-yard line, Elliott took a handoff from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott around right tackle and hustled his way to the pylon. With a defender closing in fast, Elliott extended toward the end zone, and after a long conversation amongst the officials, the touchdown call was made.
Elliott’s touchdown run capped off a nine-play, 69-yard drive that took nearly five minutes off the clock.
1:23 p.m.-COWBOYS RESPOND WITH TD
CLEVELAND -- The Dallas Cowboys had an answer for the Cleveland Browns’ game-opening field goal, and it came in the form of a 26-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to veteran tight end Jason Witten.
The Prescott-to-Witten connection put the Cowboys up by a 7-3 count with 6:47 to play in the first quarter.
Other than a 10-yard run from rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the only play of 10 or more yards on the 10-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:53 off the first-quarter clock was the touchdown pass from Prescott, his 10th of the season and second to Witten.
1:10 p.m.-BROWNS TAKE EARLY LEAD
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns won the coin toss, elected to take the ball and got things rolling early with rookie quarterback Cody Kessler back under center against the Dallas Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Kessler completed a 16-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage, and then, the Browns elected to go no-huddle. With nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas lined up out wide to the right of the formation, Kessler had only three down linemen directly in front of him, but still managed to slip a pass to running back Isaiah Crowell over the middle of the field.
Crowell caught the ball in space and raced down the field for a 44-yard gain.
Three plays and the ejections of offensive lineman Cameron Erving and defensive lineman David Irving later, Browns kicker Cody Parkey converted a 31-yard field goal attempt and gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead with 12:40 to play in the first quarter.
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