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Kellen Moore has another subpar outing while Dallas rookie Rush impresses again

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore (17) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive tackle Chaz Green (79) helps against pressure from Indianapolis Colts linebacker John Simon, center, in the first half Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore (17) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive tackle Chaz Green (79) helps against pressure from Indianapolis Colts linebacker John Simon, center, in the first half Saturday in Arlington, Texas. AP

One thing is for sure: Boise State fans love Kellen Moore.

Dallas Cowboys fans, on the other hand ... .

Moore suited up for the third time for the Cowboys this preseason Saturday, and after starting the first two with starter Dak Prescott resting, Moore was the backup against the Colts. Like his previous game, it was not terribly pretty.

On Saturday, Moore was 10-of-21 passing for 131 yards without a touchdown or an interception. On his first pass attempt, he was sacked and fumbled, and the Colts ran it back for a score. He was 8-of-17 for 69 yards on Aug. 12 against the Rams.

Putting some pressure on Moore is undrafted rookie Cooper Rush out of Central Michigan. Against the Colts, he was 8-of-9 for 92 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He was 9-of-11 for 104 yards with a touchdown against the Rams.

Through three preseason games, Moore is 30-of-55 for 382 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Rush is 26-of-38 for 283 yards with four touchdown passes.

Granted, Moore often was facing defenders more likely to be on the 53-man roster, but Rush has certainly impressed. The Dallas Morning News wrote that he may force Dallas to keep three quarterbacks, which it has not often done.

As usual, Twitter had its pitchforks out for Moore, but those who cover the team still believe he will be Prescott’s backup.

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News said “Moore will likely be Prescott’s backup when the season starts, but he’s not exactly closing the door on the job.”

Following the game, owner Jerry Jones said the team still has confidence in Moore.

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