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Cowboys roll past Browns behind Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

CLEVELAND — The Cowboys have been been powered this season by the dynamic rookie duo of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

They continued that trend on the shores of Lake Erie, rolling past the Browns 35-10 Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The pair of first-year players combined for 339 yards and five touchdowns to drop Cleveland to 0-9.

After falling behind 20-3, the Browns briefly rallied before halftime but were unable to keep up with a dominant Dallas team that won its seventh-straight game since a loss in its season opener.

Prescott passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns while Elliott, the former Ohio State star, rushed for 92 yards and two scores, including an eight-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that helped Dallas pull away.

The Browns, who welcomed back rookies quarterback Cody Kessler and receiver Corey Coleman back into the starting lineup, were held to 222 yards, including just 28 in the second half.

Kessler, who made his sixth start after missing last week with a concussion, completed 19-of-27 throws for 203 yards and a touchdown while Coleman caught three balls for 41 yards. Coleman, the first-round draft pick from Baylor, missed the past six weeks because of a broken hand.

While Cleveland struggled to capitalize on big plays and promising series in the first half, they offered signs of hope with a late seven-play, 80-yard drive. Kessler completed 5-of-6 passes — including a 12-yard touchdown strike to receiver Terrelle Pryor — on the series to cut the deficit to 11 points.

Pryor led the Browns with five receptions for 47 yards, while running back Isaiah Crowell caught four passes for 63 yards.

That momentum, however, seemed to quickly dissipate when Elliott bounced left for eight yards and his second touchdown early in the third quarter.

On the third play of the game, Browns starting center Cameron Erving and Cowboys defensive end David Irving were ejected for an on-field scuffle.

Cleveland, in search of its first win this season, travels to Baltimore Thursday night.

The Browns play the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.

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