Gavin Escobar looks forward to trip home

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar grew up around an hour from San Diego, so he knew he would be shelling out some money this week for tickets to Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

The official count was 20 earlier in the week.

“My family’s going to be able to come to the game. A lot of my family, actually,” Escobar said. “It’s going to be quite a few tickets. But I’m used to playing in that stadium, so it’ll be nice.”

Escobar, who played three seasons at San Diego State and called Qualcomm Stadium home, will not have to answer one question that was sure to come his way before last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams: When are you going to score your first touchdown?

Escobar scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Tony Romo in the third quarter of the 31-7 win, but he dropped the football. He was grateful one of the members of the equipment staff got it for him after the game.

“I was so excited I didn’t know what to do,” Escobar said. “I’ve got to work on my celebration, that’s for sure.”

It could have been Escobar’s second touchdown of the game. He failed to get his second foot down in bounds after a fade pass from Romo. In the season opener against the New York Giants he lost a shoe making a cut in which he could have scored a touchdown, too.

“That one, I was pretty bummed that happened,” Escobar said. “And I’ve got to work on getting my feet in. … It’s not something we work on a lot as tight ends, but me being a guy who can be thrown out there to catch fades, it’s something I maybe I have to take more time to practice on my own time. It’s just thinking about once you get one foot in just make sure the other foot is in front of that one.”