Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, a former Haughton standout, threw his first career touchdown pass in the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
The TD pass came at the end of a 10-play, 88-yard drive. With Dallas facing a third-and-2 at the Chicago 17, Prescott hit Dez Bryant over the middle inside the 5. Bryant shook off a few Bears and went into the end zone with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter.
“It felt great,” Prescott said in his postgame press conference. “I had a couple other close moments there earlier in the game. Then we got Dez in there. It took a lot of attempts but it happened.”
The touchdown gave the Cowboys (2-1) a 31-10 lead.
Prescott, a 2011 Haughton grad, continues to take his success in stride.
“Like I’ve said over and over, I expect to be here,” he said. “I have high expectations for myself, I only want to get better and better. I’m going to keep working hard to get better every day, and continue living in the moment.”
Prescott came close to throwing touchdown passes earlier in the game.
On the Cowboys’ opening drive, he hit Jason Witten on an 18-yard pass to the Bears 1.
Prescott scored on a sneak on the next play.
Early in the second quarter, Prescott passed 29 yards to Cole Beasley to the 1.
Prescott finished 19-of-24 for 248 yards. For the third straight week he did not throw an interception.
His quarterback rating of 123.2 was his highest yet and the best ever by a Cowboys rookie, according to DallasCowboys.com.
For the season, Prescott has completed 66 of 99 passes (66.7 percent) for 767 yards. The yardage total ranks 17th in the league.
Prescott’s raw quarterback rating of 87.2 ranks second in the league.
“He works really hard and he seems to handle really anything that we give him,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett told reporters.
“There’s never been a situation where we say ‘OK, he can’t handle that, let’s not do that because Dak’s our quarterback.’ That hasn’t been the case at all.”
The Cowboys visit the San Francisco 49ers (1-2) Sunday at 3:25 p.m.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org