Right tackle Tyron Smith has played well since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2011 draft and thrown into the starting lineup immediately--so much so, in fact, that it’s often easy to forget that Smith is just 20-years-old, capable of going head-to-head of the most menacing defensive linemen in the game but unable to legally purchase a beer.
On the Cowboys’ last drive Sunday, though, we got a pretty good reminder. Smith surrendered a sack for the first time in his NFL career as the Cowboys’ were driving with under a minute left in the game, and in need of a touchdown. On second-and-ten, he was knocked flat on his back by the Lions’ Willie Young--a back-up, mind you--for a loss of ten.
Two plays later, Dallas lost the ball on downs, leaving Detroit’s Matthew Stafford to kneel on the ball, and watch time run out. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, any answers as to how this happened will have to wait, as Smith left Cowboys Stadium Sunday without fielding questions from the media.
The sack by Young was the only sack allowed by the Cowboys on Sunday.
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