Cooper Rush has had to step up for the Dallas Cowboys.
Rush started at quarterback for the Cowboys with Dak Prescott sidelined after needing surgery to repair a broken right thumb.
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He rose to the occasion and helped the Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17, on Sunday thanks to a Brett Maher field goal as time expired.
Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless praised Rush to Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed:
“I tried to tell you and the world all week. You better not bet against Cooper Rush. Super Duper Cooper … he’s been in this system, not two years or three years, but six years he’s been in this system. He knows it inside and out. He knows it just as well as Dak knows it.”
In Sunday’s game, Rush was 19 of 31 for 235 yards and one touchdown, a nine-yard toss to wide receiver Noah Brown to open the scoring in the first quarter. That was more than good enough for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Per Pro Football Talk:
“I’m telling you, this performance out here (Sunday) by Rush sure takes a lot of the angst out of that,” Jones said.
Rush got the winning drive going with a 12-yard completion to Brown and a 10-yard pass to CeeDee Lamb, which put Dallas in range for Maher, who kicked a 54-yarder in the first half.
Rush’s other victory as a starting quarterback came last season when he threw the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of a 20-16 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Prescott was out for that game with a strained calf.
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With Prescott currently shelved by the broken thumb, expect Rush to get the start in one week when the Cowboys visit the New York Giants for Monday Night Football. Rush spent part of the 2020 season on the Giants’ practice squad.
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