Kevin Kowalski's debut wasn't bad

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Kowalski found out he would be the Cowboys’ starting center Saturday vs. Minnesota only three hours before kickoff with the team deciding to sit five-time Pro Bowler Andre Gurode.

“It came awfully quick, but there’s always a little bit [of nerves],” Kowalski said.

Kowalski had not taken a snap with Tony Romo during training camp and they only took a handful of them in the pre-game warm-ups.

Coach Jason Garrett’s initial reaction was that Kowalski, an undrafted rookie from Toledo, played well but he wanted to hold final judgment until he saw the film.

“The big thing you look at when you play a new center is does he take care of the ball?” Garrett said. “It seemed like he and Tony were on the same page not having a lot of experience working together. Anytime you don’t have the ball on the ground, that’s a positive.”

Kowalski said he was surprised when he got the news he would start.

“Hopefully I’ll have a chance to make this team,” Kowalski said.