Late Touchdown Gives 49ers 24-21 Win Over Cowboys

Josh Clark
August 10, 2018 - 12:42 am
Dallas Cowboys

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SANTA CLARA - (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott capped off a 10-play drive with a 31-yard touchdown to rookie reciever Michael Gallup, but a late touchdown gave the San Francisco 49ers a 24-21 win in the opening game of the preseason Thursday.

Prescott went 3-3 on the night and had 39 yards passing. He finished with a quarterback rating of 158.3. 

“It felt great out there. We moved the ball, converted on a big 3rd-and-long," Prescott said. "It was good to get our feet moving and to get on the same page. We were able to get the ball to Michael Gallup on that touchdown - who did a great job on that ‘go ball.'"

Second-year quarterback Cooper Rush entered the game for Prescott after one series and stuggled initially. He eventually settled down and ended up connecting with Lance Lenoir from two yards out for a touchdown. He was 15-23 with 145 yards for the game.  

Rookie Mike White's opportunity under center came late in the third quarter. He had a chance to be a hero in the final seconds but his hail mary was batted down in front of the end zone. He was 6-11 with 63 yards in through the air. 

With Ezekiel Elliott being held out Thursday, Rod Smith took the keys to the Cowboys backfield. Smith had 8 carries for 32 yards. 

Rookie running back Bo Scarbrough left his mark on the game when he bulldozed his way into the 49ers red zone with a 28-yard second-quarter carry. He would later cap off the drive with a one-yard touchdown. Scarbrough didn't have much space to run the rest of the night, however, as he had just 33 yards on 9 carries. 

The Cowboys coaching staff preaches the importance of takeaways, and the defense certainly did a good job of it Thursday. The defense forced three turnovers, as Joe Thomas and Duke Thomas both came away with interceptions and defensive end Charles Tapper had a fumble recovery. 

San Francisco's starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 3-6 for 34 yards. Backups CJ Beathard and Nick Mullins handled the rest of the quarterback snaps. With the Cowboys up 21-16 with two minutes left in the game, Mullins led the rest of the 49ers backups on a six-play, 77-yard touchdown drive to give San Francisco the lead with 18 seconds left. 


Dallas will host the Cincinnati Bengals next Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. You can hear the game live on 105.3 The Fan starting at 3 p.m.