Jeff Heath in a good highlight for change

IRVING, Texas – In the Dallas Cowboys' previous three games, Jeff Heath was in the wrong kind of highlights.

Against Detroit, he was on the wrong end of a jump ball to Calvin Johnson. A week later he was run over by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. Two weeks ago against New Orleans he was beaten for three touchdowns.

On Sunday, Heath, the undrafted rookie from Saginaw Valley State, scored the first touchdown of his career and the Cowboys’ first touchdown of the game on a 50-yard fumble return. It was the fifth defensive touchdown of the season for the Cowboys and the third against the New York Giants in two games.

Heath was the beneficiary of a great strip by cornerback Orlando Scandrick on a completion to Victor Cruz.

“We practice it so much that it just becomes habit,” Heath said. “Once you get the ball in your hands you don’t think twice about it. You just run. Everyone turns into blockers and the guy with the ball is looking to score.”

Heath found himself as something of a spectator on the play.

“I didn’t know if anybody was near me, but the screen was right there and I was able to look up and realize nobody was really that close,” Heath said.

Heath spiked the ball, but he said his teammates quickly reminded him to keep it since it was the first of his career.

It is the first time the Cowboys have had five defensive scores in a season since 1999. Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Sean Lee and Nick Hayden have the other defensive scores.