Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said earlier this week that he and rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup were finally getting on the same page. The pair proved it by connecting on the first touchdown catch of the first-year pro’s career.
Gallup’s 49-yard touchdown and the ensuing extra point tied up his team’s matchup with the division rival Washington Redskins at 7-7.
“What a route by Gallup!” CBS analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said of the play on the broadcast. “This is the one guy who can really take this offense up a notch. He’s got that type of ability.”
With his grab, Gallup set a new career high for catches in a game; he hadn’t made more than two in a contest all season. He also hadn’t amassed more than 45 receiving yards in a game for his career, a mark surpassed by his touchdown catch alone.
“It’s getting better each and every day in the success we’re having and also the mistakes that we’re having,” Prescott said on Thursday of his rapport with Gallup, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “We went out there today and had a great day. … He’s a guy that’s definitely coming along.”
Cowboys Lose 20-17
Gallup didn’t make any more catches, finishing the day with 81 yards on three grabs. Prescott completed 22 of his 35 attempts for 273 yards, a score, and no picks, but the team couldn’t get anything going on the ground against Washington’s defense.
Star running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 15 times for 33 yards, the second-lowest mark of his career. Overall, Dallas amassed 73 yards on 22 rushing attempts.
“We have to do better on offense,” Elliott said, according to Machota. “We got to help this defense out. This defense is playing as good as any other defense in the league, probably the best defense in the league. And we’re not giving them any help.”
Gallup’s Close Call in Week 6
A week ago, during the Cowboys’ domination of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gallup appeared to haul in his first career score. But a review showed he was unable to get both feet down before spilling out of bounds.
“I think I was actually reaching for the ground,” Gallup said of the play, according to WFAA. “I was trying to touch the ground. I didn’t know that I was that high. I actually jumped off my right foot and normally it’s my left. I jump higher with my left. I didn’t think I was that high, but I was feeling for the ground and just missed it by a step.”