Cooper Rush Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) passes the ball as he eludes the rush of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t have to be. Cooper Rush led the Dallas Cowboys in an upset victory over the Cinncinatti Bengals, 20-17.

Rush was elevated from the practice squad just before Week 1 and became the starter following the injury to Dak Prescott. Many thought that the Cowboys’ season was over with Prescott’s injury owner Jerry Jones expressed his belief in Rush, saying that the season wasn’t over. For one week anyway, Jones looks to be right.

Rush wasn’t spectacular but he was efficient in the closing seconds of the game as he marched his team down the field for the game-winning field goal. He was poised and calm in leading the Cowboys.

The Cowboys had at one point a 14-point lead and lead most of the game but the Bengals tied it up in the fourth quarter with a chance to win. But the Dallas defense held the Bengals and Joe Burrow in check in the closing minutes.

Excluding a spike to set up the winning field goal, Rush was perfect on the game’s final drive, completing three pass attempts for 30 yards. His performance was the story of the game.

Cowboy fans are also excited that their team didn’t go 0-2 as many predicted.

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.