Cowboys edge Rams at Aloha Stadium
By KALANI TAKASE
The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Dak Prescott appears ready for the regular season, with or without Ezekiel Elliott.
The Dallas quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts in his only series, and the Cowboys came away with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Prescott dropped back to pass seven times, completed passes to five different receivers, had one short completion negated by an ineligible lineman downfield penalty and was sacked once.
Prescott’s only drive covered 97 yards in 12 plays, took more than six minutes and culminated with Tony Pollard’s 14-yard touchdown run.
“It’s always a challenge coming off your own goal line. We call that a ‘coming out situation.’ One of your goals is to get a first down and change field position. To be able to have a 13-play drive and cash it in for points was big for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
With starting quarterback Jared Goff among the large number of Rams starters that did not make the trip to Hawaii, Blake Bortles got the start and finished 7 of 11 for 62 yards. His 7-yard scoring pass to JoJo Natson capped Los Angeles’ second drive, which was extended by a fumbled punt return by Dallas return man Reggie Davis and recovered by rookie Jake Gervase.
“Blake did a really good job, got us in and out of the right run calls and I thought it was exactly what we wanted to accomplish for him,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Los Angeles (0-2) took its only lead on Greg Zuerlein’s 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Zuerlein attempted a 56-yard field goal just before halftime, but missed wide left.
Dallas (1-1) pulled back ahead late in the third quarter, when third-string quarterback Cooper Rush found Devin Smith for an 8-yard touchdown.
Pollard, who started in place of Elliott, finished with five rushes for 42 yards. Elliott, a two-time league rushing champion, missed his second preseason game while he continues his holdout. Alfred Morris, who signed with the team during training camp, saw his first action of the preseason and carried three times for 6 yards, all before halftime.
The game marked the NFL’s first time back in Hawaii since the 2016 Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium. Although the game was technically a home game for the Rams, fans of both teams jumped at the rare opportunity to see professional football in the 50th state.
“What a great atmosphere and environment it was,” McVay said. “The fans were awesome from start to finish.”
Garrett said he took a moment during Saturday’s game to reflect upon the history that has taken place at Aloha Stadium.
“I was thinking about while I was standing on the sidelines, thinking about all the great players that who have played here. The best of the best have played here because they played the Pro Bowl game here for a long time,” Garrett said.