Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys

MIN
28
DAL
24
FINAL
1234T
MIN 14311028
DAL 0147324

Game Information
Location: AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 91,188

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dalvin Cook did plenty in the running game.

The NFL rushing leader from Minnesota might have had his biggest plays in the passing game while easily outshining two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott.

Cook ran for 97 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown on fourth down on the final play of the third quarter, and had 86 yards receiving that boosted three other scoring drives, leading the Vikings over the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 on Sunday night.

Cook's 183 scrimmage yards gave him the league lead in that category as well at 1,415 as the Vikings (7-3) beat a winning team on the road for the first time in almost two years. Minnesota was 0-9-1 in its previous 10 such games.

"Dalvin handled everything great," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He played outstanding. Had some unbelievable runs, tough, competitive runs. I think Dalvin believes that he's really good. I believe that too."

Amari Cooper had the most circus catches on a night full of them for both teams, including a toe-tapping TD for Dallas' only lead in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdown passes, both to Kyle Rudolph, for just his second victory in nine prime-time road games.

But Minnesota's offensive star was Cook, who set up the first two Minnesota touchdowns for a 14-0 lead with catches of 27 and 29 yards on screens and got a first down with an 8-yarder early on the third scoring drive.

"We thought it was going to be a challenge to get some explosive screens and get some explosive runs in this game to have a chance, and I think we checked those two boxes," Cousins said. "That's a big reason why we're standing here with a win instead of a loss."

Elliott had 47 yards on 20 carries after three straight 100-yard games as the Cowboys (5-4) fell into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East.

"From the standpoint of numbers, from the standpoint of where you stand, this was a big game for us, and it's going to make it that much harder to get where we want to go," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

Despite throwing for 397 yards and three touchdowns, Prescott lost to Cousins for the first time after going 4-0 against the former Washington quarterback as a division rival.

"We had to make them be one-dimensional," Zimmer said. "I wish we had played better in pass defense than what we did. I thought we did a really good job with our run fits and the way that we tackled."

Cousins, who had 220 yards passing, beat the Cowboys for the second time in eight tries as the Vikings kept pace in the NFC North, a game behind division-leading Green Bay.

Trailing by four in the final two minutes, the Cowboys had a first down at the Minnesota 19 but insisted on continuing to force the ball to Elliott when the Vikings had made it clear they were stopping him first.

Two runs netted minus-3 yards, and the Cowboys went to Elliott again on fourth down even though it was a pass. Linebacker Eric Kendricks broke up the sideline throw to Elliott, a dual threat like Cook but not on this night. He had two catches for 16 yards.

The Cowboys got the ball back with 17 seconds left, but Jayron Kearse intercepted Prescott's desperation pass from near midfield in the end zone.

Dallas was down by four because of settling for a field goal and a 28-24 deficit after having a first down at the Minnesota 6. Another smothered run by Elliott was followed by two incompletions.

RUDOLPH'S SCORING

Rudolph started the night of circus catches with a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone and scored on another short TD toss.

Then the tight end put Minnesota up 28-21 after Cook's scoring run by winning a jump ball with cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. Rudolph's 14 points were the most in 122 career games for the ninth-year player.

CIRCUS TIME

With the Cowboys trailing 14-0, Cooper kick-started their first TD drive with a heel-dragging catch on third-and-12, followed two plays later by Michael Gallup's 23-yard scoring grab.

Then the player Dallas gave up a first-round pick for at midseason last year had two toe-dragging catches in a row, the second a 12-yard touchdown that put the Cowboys in front for the first time 21-20 in the third quarter. Cooper had 11 catches for 147 yards.

Randall Cobb made a lunging catch in the end zone on a 22-yard touchdown catch to get Dallas even at 14.

BLOWOUT ON GROUND

While Cook outgained Elliott by 120 scrimmage yards, the Vikings finished with 153 yards rushing to just 50 for the Cowboys. That's about 100 yards below Dallas' third-ranked rushing average.

INJURIES

Vikings: RG Josh Kline was ruled out with a concussion in the second half.

Cowboys: S Jeff Heath left with a shoulder injury in the first half.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Denver at home next Sunday before their open week.

Cowboys: At Detroit next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Cowboys
09:25 Kyle Rudolph 1 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 7 0
00:32 Kyle Rudolph 1 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 14 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Cowboys
08:08 Michael Gallup 23 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 14 7
01:54 Randall Cobb 22 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 14 14
00:00 Dan Bailey 26 yd FG 17 14

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Cowboys
09:38 Dan Bailey 27 yd FG 20 14
07:01 Amari Cooper 12 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 20 21
00:02 Dalvin Cook 2 yd run (Kyle Rudolph 2pt Pass from Kirk Cousins) 28 21

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Cowboys
10:00 Brett Maher 23 yd FG 28 24

Team Stats
  Minnesota Dallas
1st Downs 27 24
Total Yards 364 443
Passing 211 393
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-32 28-47
Yards/Pass 6.4 8.2
Rushing 153 50
Rushing Attempts 36 22
Yards/Rush 4.3 2.3
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 33:27 26:33

Minnesota Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kirk Cousins 23 32 220 6.9 2 0

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Dak Prescott 28 46 397 8.6 3 1
Randall Cobb 0 1 0 0.0 0 0

Minnesota Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dalvin Cook 26 97 3.7 1 23
Alexander Mattison 8 52 6.5 0 16
Kirk Cousins 1 5 5.0 0 5
C.J. Ham 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ezekiel Elliott 20 47 2.4 0 6
Tavon Austin 1 7 7.0 0 7
Tony Pollard 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4

Minnesota Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dalvin Cook 7 86 12.3 0 30
Stefon Diggs 3 49 16.3 0 27
Irv Smith Jr. 5 34 6.8 0 9
Olabisi Johnson 2 25 12.5 0 15
Kyle Rudolph 4 14 3.5 2 7
Laquon Treadwell 1 10 10.0 0 10
Alexander Mattison 1 2 2.0 0 2
Tyler Conklin 0 0 0.0 0

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Amari Cooper 11 147 13.4 1 20
Randall Cobb 6 106 17.7 1 24
Michael Gallup 4 76 19.0 1 25
Blake Jarwin 3 35 11.7 0 26
Jason Witten 2 17 8.5 0 9
Ezekiel Elliott 2 16 8.0 0 12

Minnesota Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Mike Hughes 7 0 0 0
Anthony Barr 6 1 0 0
Anthony Harris 3 0 0 0
Xavier Rhodes 3 1 0 0
Harrison Smith 3 1 0 0
Everson Griffen 2 3 0.5 2
Armon Watts 2 1 0.5 2
Danielle Hunter 2 0 0 0
Jaleel Johnson 2 0 0 0
Eric Kendricks 2 4 0 0
Shamar Stephen 2 0 0 0
Ben Gedeon 1 0 0 0
Ifeadi Odenigbo 1 0 0 0
Stephen Weatherly 1 1 0 0
Eric Wilson 1 0 0 0
Mackensie Alexander 0 0 0 0
Mike Boone 0 0 0 0
Holton Hill 0 0 0 0
Jayron Kearse 0 0 0 0

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jaylon Smith 7 6 0 0
DeMarcus Lawrence 5 3 0 0
Leighton Vander Esch 5 8 0 0
Chidobe Awuzie 4 3 0 0
Xavier Woods 3 4 0 0
Michael Bennett 2 0 0 0
Byron Jones 2 0 0 0
Sean Lee 2 2 0 0
Darian Thompson 2 3 0 0
Robert Quinn 1 2 1 9
Dorance Armstrong 1 0 0 0
Jourdan Lewis 1 0 0 0
Joe Thomas 1 1 0 0
Antwaun Woods 1 4 0 0
Maliek Collins 0 1 0 0
C.J. Goodwin 0 0 0 0
Jeff Heath 0 1 0 0
Donovan Wilson 0 0 0 0

Minnesota Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Jayron Kearse 1 0 0

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Minnesota Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ameer Abdullah 1 29 29.0 0 29

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Minnesota Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tavon Austin 1 0 0.0 0 0

Minnesota Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Bailey 2 2 100.0 27

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brett Maher 1 2 50.0 23

Minnesota Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 4 170 53

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Chris Jones 2 72 38