Kellen Moore Has Solid Start for Dallas Cowboys with Td Pass and Interception

Former Boise State legend Kellen Moore took the first snaps on offense for the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday’s NFL exhibition opener at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Because the Cowboys and their opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, play in the early game, they play five total preseason games, so most starters rested Thursday. Moore is slated to back up Dak Prescott this season.

After a three-and-out to start the game, Moore led the Cowboys to a pair of scoring drives, and was on his way to another on their last drive of the second half, but was intercepted. He finished the first half 12-of-17 for 182 yards with a touchdown and the interception.

On his first drive against the Cardinals, Moore’s first pass was knocked down, and he completed his second attempt for 6 yards as the Cowboys went three-and-out. It was the first game action for Moore since Jan. 3, 2016, when he threw for 435 yards against the Redskins. He missed last season with a broken fibula.

The second drive was classic Moore, hitting Brice Butler for a 46-yard strike, then finding tight end Rico Gathers for a 26-yard touchdown on third-and-11. He was 5-for-5 on the drive for 97 yards.

Just throw it up to the basketball player…Let him take care of the rest.Kellen Moore. Rico Gathers. GOT ‘EM! #AZvsDAL pic.twitter.com/DgF5RGZ1td

— NFL (@NFL) August 4, 2017

Moore led the Cowboys to a field goal on his third drive, hitting a diving Butler for 32 yards on a third-and-9 to get inside the red zone.

BEAUTIFUL CATCH ALERT! @Brice_Butler #AZvsDAL pic.twitter.com/AzchdgE5G9

— NFL (@NFL) August 4, 2017

On his fourth drive, Moore was marching the Cowboys down the field, but Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams made a nice play on the ball in the end zone, getting the interception.

PICK!@DaSlimC with the INT in the end zone. pic.twitter.com/VGcmTkbjl9

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 4, 2017

In March, Moore re-signed with Dallas on a one-year deal after spending last season on injured reserve. Moore, entering his sixth NFL season and third with the Cowboys, has played in three NFL games, all in the 2015 season. He was 61-of-104 passing for 779 yards, with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @davesouthorn

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