Lions backup bowls over Tyron Smith for key sack

ARLINGTON, Texas – It was a terrible time for Tyron Smith to give up a sack for the first time in his NFL career.

It came with 35 seconds remaining and a desperate Dallas team, needing a touchdown to win, driving at the Lions’ 45-yard line. With no timeouts remaining, the sack by Detroit’s Willie Young killed the Cowboys’ slim chances of pulling off a comeback after blowing a 24-point lead.

You might be wondering who the heck is Willie Young. Well, he was a seventh-round pick in 2010 who didn’t have a career sack until he ran over the Cowboys’ first-round pick en route to Tony Romo.

Smith ended up flat on his back 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The 251-pound Young’s punch to the 307-pound Smith’s right shoulder sent the right tackle stumbling backwards. Young crashed to the ground near Romo’s feet, powerless to prevent Young from taking Romo to the turf.

How did a backup defensive end look like Reggie White against the Cowboys’ prized rookie with the game on the line? Smith offered no explanation of the play, refusing to take questions from reporters.