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Rookies Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott take charge for Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Youth is taking over the Dallas Cowboys.

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth pick in the draft, had the first 100-yard game of his career, finishing with 140 yards on 30 carries, and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who was picked 131 spots after Elliott, had the first touchdown pass of his career.

As a result, the Cowboys cruised to a 31-17 victory against the Chicago Bears.

Elliott’s first two weeks were not what was expected with just 51 yards on 20 carries in the opener and two fumbles (one lost) in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. But he looked more like the runner many assumed would be one of the NFL’s best in 2016, ripping through the Bears defense with power, speed and even hurdling ability.

Nobody assumed Prescott, as a fourth-round pick, would put together the type of run he has had through three games. He has not thrown an interception in 99 pass attempts. His first touchdown pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant with 9 minutes, 2 seconds to play to give the Cowboys a 31-10 lead.

About the only thing Elliott did not do was score a touchdown, which he did in his first two games. The Cowboys, however, ran for three scores, giving them seven on the season with Prescott, Lance Dunbar and Alfred Morris reaching the end zone. The Cowboys had eight rushing touchdowns all of last season.

The most impressive part of Elliott’s night was the hurdle of Chicago safety Chris Prosinski on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter before Prescott’s first touchdown pass. The most impressive part of Prescott’s night was a scramble on the first play of the second quarter in which he slipped away from linebacker Christian Jones and defensive end Cornelius Washington for 17 yards.

He also became the first Cowboys’ quarterback not named Tony Romo to win at AT&T Stadium since Jon Kitna beat the Washington Redskins 33-30 on Dec. 19, 2010.

Brandon Weeden went winless in three home starts in 2013 and 2014. Matt Cassel was winless in three starts last season. Kellen Moore lost his one home start in 2015.

Prescott lost his first home start, but he and Elliott made sure they got a win in their second try on Sunday.