Cooper's hurry prompted Dallas on an effective match push, crowned by his second-career touchdown pass, during his first NFL beginning. During the first half of an NFL football match against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) delivers a catch to Dallas Cowboys defensive back CeeDee Lamb (88).
Cooper Rush had a night of career firsts on Sunday night. The first touchdown in the NFL. That is the first time a successful game-winning drive has to get made. With 2:51 seconds left and a three-point deficit, Rush led the Dallas Cowboys down the field before finding Amari Cooper in the back corner of the endzone for the game-winning 5-yard touchdown.
Since Roger Staubach's 75-yard touchdown throw against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969, Rush's touchdown toss to Wilson was the longest by a quarterback, making his first start as a Cowboy.
Aside from the preseason, Rush has never started an NFL game before Sunday night. He'll take the field on Sunday while Dak Prescott rests his torn right calf muscle for another week. Prescott's open ankle fracture and dislocation occurred on the same leg as his open ankle fracture and dislocation last October on a touchdown pass in Dallas' overtime victory over the Patriots on Oct. 17.
Prescott was not given a firm decision before kickoff, but Rush received first-team reps in practice on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for a likely start.