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Cowboys vs. 49ers: Recap of the game, Dak Prescott’s sharp debut in preseason

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The Cowboys took on the 49ers in their first preseason game. Here’s a look at the action from Santa Clara.

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We didn’t expect to see much if any of the Cowboys starters but were actually pleasantly surprised to get this notification before kickoff.

It may only be a few snaps but at least we got a little bit!

There were a group of guys for one reason or another that didn’t make the trip with the Cowboys, most notably Cole Beasley:

FIRST QUARTER

The Cowboys got their favorite wish granted...

Rod Smith got the starting nod...and he gashed them!

Connor Williams asked for the mulligan early.

It’s okay because Dak Prescott decided to lose his mind and take off getting the first down and more.

Our quarterback was off to good start and then all of a sudden his night was done after this topper! I believe we have seen enough, Mr. Prescott.

Michael Gallup is one savvy rookie receiver:

[7-0 Cowboys]

The 49ers first team offense moved the ball on the Cowboys including two conversions on long third downs but the defense held them. The Cowboys defense blew up a run play for a huge loss and with help of the linebackers, they got off the field soon after.

The Cowboys next offensive possession wasn’t kind to Cooper Rush:

On the 49ers ensuing offensive possession, more pass rush from DT Jihad Ward forced a false start. Then, backup QB C.J. Beathard remembered what it was like when Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith sacked him last year. As Jaylon rushed again, Beathard got rid of it for a three and out:

Cooper Rush got another chance but outside of turning a high snap into a wonky connection with Terrance Williams and a nice slant and run by Allen Hurns, the Cowboys were forced to punt again.

SECOND QUARTER

On the next defensive series for the Cowboys, a couple of rookies were looking good. Too bad Anthony Brown had to hold...oh well, it was almost great!

It’s okay because after two plays...Kavon Frazier tipped it and Joe Thomas snagged the ball for the defense. INTERCEPTION!

Unfortunately, the Cowboys would trade punts but thankfully that defense kept the 49ers in check. Cooper Rush decided it was a perfect time for Bo Scarbrough:

The football gods agreed that it was indeed time for Bo. Tight end Blake Jarwin got them to the one on a run-and-catch. Bo punched it in:

[Cowboys 14, 49ers 0]

The Cowboys would have had a first half shutout but Anthony Brown had to mess that up too. It was a rough couple of series for #30:

With seconds left in the half, the 49ers were able to punch one in to cut into the Cowboys lead.

HALFTIME

[Cowboys 14, 49ers 7]

THIRD QUARTER

The 49ers got off to hot start too, these defensive backs have struggled in this first audition. On second down...53-yard completion...SMH!

Charles Tapper saved the day by forcing the quarterback to throw the incompletion.

[Cowboys 14, 49ers 10]

After getting pressured most of the game, Cooper Rush finally started getting protection. One could say he was “marching” with Marchie Murdock?

The Cowboys were then given a big break with the new helmet rule, it’s pretty lame even if it did work out for the Cowboys.

Oh well, sorry not sorry because Mr. Camp Standout Lance Lenoir rewarded Cooper Rush with a toe-drag touchdown catch!

Cooper Rush’s night will come to an end:

[Cowboys 21, 49ers 10]

Charles Tapper was tired of blown coverages so he decided to recover a 49ers fumble.

1:20 in the Third Quarter- Mike White sighting!!!

In a few blinks White puts the ball in Darius Jackson’s hands as he takes us quickly to the final quarter. Three straight touches for Jackson.

FOURTH QUARTER

Mike White throws a near pick trying to connect with KD Cannon. Cowboys punt it back on 4th & 9.

On 2nd and 12...the 49ers were feeling generous as Nick Mullins gave Duke Thomas a gift:

The offense was unable to take advantage and Brett Maher missed the field goal. Cowboys hold onto 21-10 lead.

The 49ers would put one more in the end zone but on the two-point try, despite a PI call, the Cowboys denied the 49ers, holding on to a 21-16 lead.

Trey Williams bailed out Mike White to convert the third down and keep the clock running:

The 49ers weren’t done though as Nick Mullins found complete lapses in coverage from the Cowboys reserves not to mention, flags on top of flags on the DB’s. Mullins picked on rookie Donovan Olumba, who wasn’t disciplined enough to hang in there. The 49ers scored a touchdown, two-point conversion and took the three-point victory 24-21.

After the first and second teams basically dominated the 49ers, the backups couldn’t close. The defensive backs are bound to have a tough week after so many mental mistakes to close this one out.

The best news is that the guys you depend on showed well and nobody got seriously injured. Cowboys have a final week in Oxnard before heading back to Dallas to take on the Bengals.