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Smith 'remarkable' debut in Dallas (0:44)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones wasn't ready to say Cooper Rush could be the Cowboys' backup to Dak Prescott despite the rookie's play. "I'm just glad to see Rush taking advantage of his opportunities out there," Jones said. "Wouldn't want to get ahead of ourselves in any way here. And the other thing is that we have a lot of confidence in (Moore), his ability to be able to get in there when we would call on him with the personnel around him and get the ball in the right places."

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Smith's 'long journey' rewarded in Dallas start

In his first game since a devastating knee injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith played 12 snaps and was credited with one tackle, later calling his return to the field "just the beginning."

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Napoli drives in five (0:21)
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Odor leads the Rangers' surge (0:38)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Smith brothers - Jaylon and Rod - had a big night for the Cowboys.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

FINAL: Cowboys 24, Colts 19: The night will be remembered for Jaylon Smith's first action (12 snaps) since Jan. 2016. Maybe it will also be known for Cooper Rush (two touchdowns) becoming a possible No. 2 quarterback to Dak Prescott.

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Smith clears the bases on RBI double and throwing error (0:42)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cooper Rush with his second touchdown pass of the night, but drive was about Rod Smith. He showed what he had been doing all camp: running with power, confidence. Cowboys have some serious running back depth.

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Holland writes 'Thank You' on the mound in return to Texas (0:15)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cooper Rush is 22 of 33 for 253 yards with three touchdowns so far in the preseason. He is making his case for the 53-man roster. Will ask if he can push for the No. 2 job after the game.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cooper Rush does it again. He hits Noah Brown with a 19-yard touchdown pass on a double-move. After Kellen Moore led the Cowboy a field goal in six drives. Rush needed six plays to lead the Cowboys to a touchdown. Could this backup quarterback deal get interesting?

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott was pleased with what the first-team offense showed in the first half. He was more pleased with Dez Bryant, who caught a 32-yard touchdown pass. "I don't know if I can honestly put it into words just how much better of a player he is, and we were just talking about how good his body feels," Prescott said. "He's just a much better player right now than what he was last year at this time. Our chemistry is growing, so it's fun."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylon Smith on the first action of his career: "It's a blessing. It's a blessing to be out here. It's a blessing to be playing for America's Team. I'm so honored just to play the game I love. From day one, I've believed in myself, and I thank all the supporters everywhere, even everyone who doubted me. I love you guys, and I just appreciate you guys just recognizing me in any way. I'm thankful to be here, and it was a great night."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

HALFTIME: Cowboys 10, Colts 10. If not for two fumbles the Cowboys could be running away with this thing. Darren McFadden's fumble cost the Cowboys a scoring chance, and Kellen Moore's fumble led to the Colts' only touchdown. Despite the score, the Cowboys have to be pleased with the work of their first teamers on both sides of the ball.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Not the start Kellen Moore needed. He loses the ball on a sack and Lavar Edwards picks it up for a touchdown return for Indianapolis. After a solid showing in the Hall of Fame Game, Moore struggled last week and now has the turnover. Here come the Cooper Rush calls.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott's night appears over after two series. He completed seven of eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown to a Dez Bryant. Kellen Moore is in the game.