Prescott, Cowboys keep rolling with 36-28 win over Panthers

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Carolina Panthers’ Sam Darnold drops back to pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes, Ezekiel Elliott had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season against the NFL’s No. 1 defense and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Carolina Panthers 36-28.

Elliott finished with 143 yards as the Cowboys rolled up 245 yards on the ground after the Panthers allowed just 135 total in the first three games.

Carolina’s Sam Darnold had two rushing touchdowns to become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least five TDs on the ground in the first four games.

The Panthers were without injured star running back Christian McCaffrey.

Darnold’s second TD run came on an 11-yard draw and gave Carolina a 14-13 lead over Dallas in the second quarter.

After rushing for five touchdowns in 38 career games with the New York Jets, Darnold matched the number in less than 3½ games with the Panthers. The first score was on a 1-yard option keeper in the first quarter.

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