Luka Doncic, Cooper Rush’s dad celebrates Cowboys victory over Vikings
It was an evening of career firsts for Cooper Rush on Sunday night.
Start of the NFL. First touchdown in the NFL. First winning practice of the game successful.
Led by three points with 2:51 seconds left, Rush walked the Dallas Cowboys onto the field before finding Amari Cooper in the back corner of the end zone for the 5-yard touchdown.
Dallas’ defense, much better than a year ago, ended things to give Rush and the Cowboys a 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Rush recorded his first career touchdown in opening practice for the second half, connecting with WR Cedrick Wilson for a 73-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10.
Rush’s touchdown pass to Wilson was the longest pass for a quarterback making his first start as a Cowboy since Roger Staubach’s 75-yard touchdown pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969.
Aside from the preseason, Rush had never started an NFL game before Sunday night. He was selected to start on Sunday while Dak Prescott takes another week to rest his strained right calf muscle. The strain, suffered during a touchdown pass in Dallas’ overtime win over the Patriots on Oct. 17, occurred on the same leg as Prescott’s open ankle fracture and dislocation last October.
A formal decision was not made on Prescott until shortly before kick-off, but Rush took the first-team representatives to practice on Wednesday and Thursday in anticipation of a likely start.
Here are some of the national reactions to the Cowboys’ victory:
If Mike White can go for 400, Cooper Rush can go for 500
– Jeff Cavanaugh (@ JC1053) October 31, 2021
Who had Cooper Rush with a chance to win it after two minutes.
– Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 1, 2021
Shades of Jason Garrett. Another red-headed backup quarterback delivers – Cooper Rush.
– Mede Nix (@medenix) November 1, 2021
Cooper Rush has won more NFL games than the Lions this year.
– Brian Manzullo (@BrianManzullo) November 1, 2021
what a victory
no Dak, on the road, prime time game
– Matt Clare (@MattClareRivals) November 1, 2021
They did it without Dak: the Cowboys win 20-16, and they’re 6-1. Important victory in the NFC for the classification of the playoffs at the end of the season.
– Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 1, 2021
Backup QB plus no offensive tackle and a W. That’s pretty wow.
– Jeff Cavanaugh (@ JC1053) November 1, 2021
Kirk Cousins is now 2-8 against Dallas. He’s so overrated he was outscored at home tonight by Cooper Rush… after losing at home last year to Andy Dalton. Dry cousins. You like this? I love it.
– Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 1, 2021
Cooper Rush, Geno Smith, and Mike White all won games in the NFL today.
Yes, it’s definitely Halloween.
– BetMGM (@BetMGM) November 1, 2021
This could really be the year of the Cowboys
– Kazeem Famuyide (@Kazeem) November 1, 2021
It’s the kind of game championship-caliber teams win.
– Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_Journalist) November 1, 2021
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