The Cowboys had the ball with about 8 minutes left to go in the 4th quarter. They were down by nine, and the last time they had the ball Mason Rudolph had thrown an interception.
Starting from their own 8, the Cowboys needed a momentum swing if they had any chance at winning this football game. On the first play of the drive, Rudolph completed a pass for 10 yards to Jalen McCleskey. The very next play Rudolph took a short drop, side stepped a defender, and sent one deep for James Washington. Washington made the grab and took it all the way for an 82-yard touchdown.
Here’s what Gundy thought about the play call (via The O’Colly):
“When the play was called, I told Yurcich that he’s crazy. After that, (Washington) scored the touchdown, and I just clicked my headphone off, so I didn’t have to hear everybody beat me up.”
Washington only had six catches on the day, but he made it count at the end of the game. The Cowboys went on to win after this huge game changing play consisting of Rudolph2Washington.
The play that gets honorable mention this week is Vincent Taylor’s tackle in the fourth quarter to stop Kansas State on third down. This gave OSU the ball back and they went on to take the lead on the next drive and win the game.