Heath’s Big Day Spoiled by Defensive Holding Penalty

Cowboys safety Jeff Heath had his first career two interception game against the Bucs


For about 59 minutes, Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath was having the game of his life.

For the first time since he was at Saginaw Valley State, Heath recorded two interceptions in a game, and both came in the Cowboys’ red zone--the first at the nine-yard line, the other at the five. In a game where a total 16 points were scored, the turnovers were big, almost enough for Dallas to win.

But Heath’s day was spoiled late as his defensive holding penalty on the Bucs’ last drive negated a Jameis Winston fumble, recovered by the Cowboys. On the next play, Winston rolled out on a bootleg and calmly strode untouched into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

I’ve got to be more disciplined in that situation,” Heath said, per ESPN Dallas.

“... We know that no one feels sorry for us. We don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us. That’s the way this league happens. You’ve got to bring it every week. Every game is going to come down to a play here, a play there. And there’s really no other choice you have other than to come back.”

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