Jones rushed for 150 yards and his first two touchdowns as the Cowboys snapped a three-game losing streak with a 21-7 victory over the Chicago Bears in a Thanksgiving Day game.
The Cowboys (4-7) commemorated the holiday by giving Henson, a former baseball prospect with the New York Yankees, his first NFL start. Coach Bill Parcells was reluctant to make the move, but regular starter Vinny Testaverde suffered a shoulder injury last Sunday at Baltimore and only had a few days to recover.
Henson did throw a touchdown, but it was to the Bears. With the Cowboys holding a 7-0 lead, Henson rolled out to his right and
tried to hit Quincy Morgan, but cornerback R.W. McQuarters
picked off the pass and returned the interception 45 yards for a
touchdown with 5:57 left in the second quarter.
Parcells grimaced and shook his head after the turnover. At
halftime, Parcells yanked Henson, who completed just 4-of-12
passes for 31 yards.
Testaverde entered to a chorus of boos from the fans, who wanted
Henson to remain in the game. The boos turned to cheers when
Testaverde hit fullback Darian Barnes with the go-ahead,
three-yard touchdown pass with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter.
But the fans were especially delighted with Jones, who proved he
could play the role of workhorse with 33 carries a mere four
days after he rushed for 80 yards on 31 carries at Baltimore.
Jones electrified the crowd with a 33-yard touchdown run 4:17
into the game and scored on a four-yard run with seven minutes
left in the fourth quarter.
A second-round pick out of Notre Dame, Jones returned to the Cowboys last week after suffering a broken shoulder blade in
Jones' older brother Thomas plays for the Bears and finished
with 46 yards on 14 carries.
Chicago (4-7) managed just 10 first downs and 140 total yards.
Craig Krenzel threw for just 46 yards and fumbled the ball away
once before leaving in the second quarter with a right ankle
injury. Jonathan Quinn relieved and was intercepted twice.
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