Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys embarrassed the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-7 in Arlington, Texas.
Prescott completed an efficient 17 of 27 passes for 183 yards while rushing for a career-high 82 yards on 11 carries. Running back Ezekiel Elliott pounded out 106 yards and a score on 24 carries, while wide receiver Cole Beasley torched the heralded Jacksonville secondary for nine catches, 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Kicker Brett Maher added four field goals, including a career-high 55-yarder in the fourth quarter, for Dallas (3-3). The Cowboys sit a half-game behind first-place Washington (3-2) in the NFC East.
It was a second straight blowout loss for Jacksonville (3-3), which is part of a three-way tie for first in the AFC South with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
The Jaguars trailed 24-0 at the half, and after scoring their only touchdown on the first drive of the second half, promptly allowed the Cowboys to score points on their first four possessions of the half.
Quarterback Blake Bortles completed 15 of 26 passes for 149 yards and a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook with 7:31 left in the third quarter. However, Bortles also threw an interception and was hassled by the Dallas pass rush, which netted three sacks.
Maher’s 50-yard field goal and a 17-yard touchdown run by Prescott got the Cowboys off to a 10-0 lead after one quarter. Prescott hooked up with Beasley for a 17-yard scoring strike at the 9:28 mark of the second quarter, and the same pair capped a 16-play, 78-yard march with a 9-yard touchdown pass 41 seconds before halftime.
In the second half, Dallas sandwiched three field goals from Maher around Elliott’s 15-yard scoring run on the fourth quarter’s first play.
The Cowboys possessed the ball for 38 minutes and 50 seconds, outgaining Jacksonville 378-204 yards and limiting the Jaguars to 10 first downs.
Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette missed his second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury.