Cowboys rookies keep rolling

PITTSBURGH -- Rookies Zeke Elliott and Dak Prescott had spent the first half of this season showing us so much in terms of talent and poise.

But against the Steelers, in a raucous environment with seemingly everything going against them, Elliott and Prescott showed us even more in a thrilling 35-30 victory over Pittsburgh.

"Probably one of the best wins I've had in my young career, in all of football actually," said Prescott.  "It's just a great team win with nobody blinking, nobody really flinching, just believing in ourselves in all phases of the team.

With just 42 seconds left, needed a field goal to win, Zeke Elliott told fellow rookie Dak Prescott that situations like this are whey they're in Dallas.  Then they both went about the business of showing why they belonged on the biggest of NFL stages.

Prescott stood calmly in the pocket, completing 3 of 4 passes on the Cowboys game-winning drive, looking like a seasoned vet.

"There are no moments too big for him," said offensive lineman Zack Martin.  "Down on the road in Pittsburgh, an electric crowd and he was able to pull it together and have a game-winning drive."

Then in the waning moments,Elliott breaks free for the game-winning touchdown.  The 32-yard gallop pushes him past the 1,000-yard mark for the season.  He joins Erick Dickerson and Adrian Peterson as the only rookies in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in the first nine games of their respective careers.

It was also another example of the sort of game-breaking plays that are becoming his signature.

"It parted like the Red Sea, all I had to do was run," said Elliott of his game-clinching touchdown.  "We know that if we keep grinding and keep running physical like that a couple are going to pop, and two popped at the perfect time."

"We know if we can get that first level he's a special back, he can make big plays if he gets to that second level, obviously you saw it tonight," said Martin.

Earlier in the 4th quarter, it was more of the same. A 10-play drive that featured more clutch plays that put the Cowboys in front with less than 2 minutes left.  Prescott tallied the first 300-yard game of his career.

Under the most intense pressure, big plays continually created by the guys with the least amount of experience on the offense.

"We know how talented they are, but it's their character showing through," said linebacker Sean Lee, "you know how they work, how they handle themselves, the type of poise they have.  They never flinch, that's why they've been a huge part of this team."

Veteran tight end Jason Witten called it one of the best wins of his career, and he says the Cowboys rookie playmakers are instrumental in the team's success.

"You really can't say enough good things about them," said Witten.  "You just got to stay at it.  Each week from here on out it's just going to get bigger and bigger and bigger."

And so far, at least, that seems just fine with the Cowboys dynamic rookie duo.

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