Cowboys score 33 points in 4th quarter, beating Colts

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Malik Hooker returned 38 yards for a touchdown on his former team during a 33-point quarterback for Dallas, propelling the Cowboys to a 54-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night.

Dallas led 21-19 and entered fourth when Dak Prescott threw the last of his three touchdown passes. Hooker’s scoop-and-score was the first of Dallas’ four takeaways in the fourth quarter, all of which resulted in touchdowns.

The highest-scoring quarter for the Cowboys (9-3) since at least 1991 was only the third time in NFL history that a team had scored 33 points in the fourth quarter.

Matt Ryan threw his second and third interceptions and lost during the nightmare finish for the Colts (4-8-1), who fell to 1-3 under interim coach Jeff Saturday and lost for the sixth time in seven games overall.

Ryan, who threw two touchdown passes, has 18 giveaways (13 interceptions, five lost fumbles) this season to lead the NFL by three over Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen.

Michael Gallup had two touchdown catches and CeeDee Lamb the other as he rolled over safe Rodney McLeod Jr. and stayed on his feet while the Cowboys stayed two games behind NFL-leading Philadelphia in the NFC East.

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After Gallup’s second TD, Hooker grabbed a fumble from tight end Mo Alie-Cox and launched untouched down the right touchline to take a 34-19 lead early in the fourth.

Hooker, the 15th overall pick for the Colts five years ago, had four seasons with injuries with the Colts before signing with the Cowboys during training camp last year.

Tony Pollard, Ezekiel Elliott and rookie Malik Davis had Stack It On scoring runs in the fourth after the last three Indy turnovers.

PASSING HIS FAVORITE COWBOY

Prescott’s TD throw in the first quarter against Lamb earned him 154 career point passes, breaking a tie with Roger Staubach of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for fourth place in club history.

Alerted to the possibility during the week, Prescott said Staubach is his favorite Dallas player. He grew up in Louisiana as a Cowboys fan, but well after Staubach’s time.

“There are certain people that you meet and their energy and aura, the way they carry themselves, shines in a way, and that’s Roger,” said Prescott, who also ended up remembering Danny White ( 155) passed and took third place the night at 156 TD passes.

INJURIES

Colts: CB Kenny Moore II has been inactive after injuring an ankle in a 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh last Monday night.

Cowboys: CB Anthony Brown left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return.

NEXT

Colts: After a bye, Indy visits another NFC playoff contender in Minnesota on Dec. 18.

Cowboys: Houston visits next Sunday in the second of three straight games against sub-.500 AFC South teams.

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