Gurley’s legs, Zuerlein’s foot key as Rams pound Cowboys 35-30

 

ARLINGTON, TX — Running back Todd Gurley logged 217 yards on 28 touches as the Los Angeles Rams edged the Dallas Cowboys 32-30 Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein went 7-for-7 on field goals to help Los Angeles grind away at the Cowboys’ first half lead and eventually take the lead.

Gurley caught seven passes for 94 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown reception that gave the Rams the lead 26-24 late in the third quarter.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott eclipsed the century mark in all purpose yards with 124 on 23 touches: 20 carries for 79 yards, three passes for 45. Elliott scored a touchdown rushing and receiving.

In the battle of quarterbacks from the 2016 draft class, Los Angeles field general Jared Goff completed 21-of-36 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns to Cowboys Dak Prescott’s 20-of-35 for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant caught five passes for 98 yards while Rams receiver Cooper Kupp grabbed five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Elliott scored the first touchdown with a diving effort on a 10-yard swing pass in the left flat from Prescott on third-and-7 from the Rams 3-yard line. Dallas took a 10-3 lead with 14:15 in the second quarter. It was 15, 81, 8:02 drive

After a 44-yard Zuerlein field goal to cut into Dallas’ lead 10-6, reserve running back Alfred Morris galloped 70 yards to the Rams 5-yard line on the first play of the ensuing drive. Elliott finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown to push Dallas further ahead 17-6.

After forcing the Rams into a three-and-out on the subsequent drive, rookie receiver Ryan Switzer muffed a punt to give the Rams another chance at the Dallas 18-yard line. Los Angeles transmuted the free possession into points with Cooper Kupp catching a 7-yard Goff touchdown pass to trim the Dallas lead 17-13.

Receiver Brice Butler restored the Cowboys’ lead to an 11-point margin with a 10-yard touchdown catch thrown from Prescott just after the two-minute warning. The Rams added another 44-yard Zuerlein field goal to make it 24-16 at halftime.

After trading punts, Los Angeles added a 30-yard Zuerlein filed goal to chip away at the Cowboys’ lead 24-19.

Gurley caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Goff with 3:09 in the third quarter. Los Angeles breezed 90 yards to a 26-24 lead in 1:59.

The Rams added a 28-yard Zuerlein field goal to extend their lead to 29-24 with 12:00 in the fourth quarter, and added another one of 43 yards to put Dallas in a bind 32-24 with 9:46 to play.

Dallas responded with Prescott finding reserve tight end James Hanna for a 28-yard touchdown. After two consecutive penalties on the PAT, Dallas finally attempted a pass from the 7-yard line that bounced off of wideout Terrance Williams incomplete. The Rams maintained a 32-30 lead.

Zuerlein added his seventh field goal of the game, a 33-yard attempt, to give the Rams the 35-30 final score.

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Summary — After scoring 24 points on their first four possessions, the Cowboys crumbled and the Rams overtook them with 19 second half points.

Turning point — Ryan Switzer’s muffed punt in the second quarter that led to Cooper Kupp’s 7-yard touchdown reception. The score was 17-6 Cowboys and could have been 24-6 or 20-6. The seven points off the turnover were the difference in the game.

Stat — Rams receiver Tavon Austin’s six carries for 48 yards threw the Cowboys off balance enough to keep Gurley a viable option.

LA Rams 3 13 10 9 35
Dallas      3 21   0 6 30

First quarter

Bailey 34 kick, 11:33

Zuerlein 49 kick, 7:12

Second quarter

Elliott 10 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 14:15

Zuerlein 44 kick, 12:42

Elliott 1 run (Bailey kick), 10:57

Kupp 7 pass from Goff (Zuerlein kick), 6:38

Butler 10 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 2:00

Zuerlein 44 kick, 0:04

Third quarter

Zuerlein 30 kick, 7:29

Gurley 53 pass from Goff (Zuerlein kick), 3:09

Fourth quarter

Zuerlein 28 kick, 12:00

Zuerlein 43 kick, 9:46

Hanna 28 pass from Prescott (pass failed), 7:18

Zuerlein 33 kick, 2:00

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