Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Kyle Bosworth had two choices when the linebacker and occasional fullback picked up a squib kick late in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Garrett wanted Bosworth to either fall on the ball or run straight up the field.
Bosworth instead picked up the ball at the Dallas 33 and tried to bounce it outside. He got 13 yards, but burned five seconds. It left the Cowboys, who trailed by one point, with only seven seconds.
"When I got it kicked to me, or right up the middle, I saw everything kind of close up, and I saw an opportunity to go outside and I did," Bosworth said. "Just so happened it [the clock] went from 12 to 7."
Bosworth said he and the rest of the special teams players were instructed to run with the anticipated squib kick.
"He [special teams coach Rich Bisaccia] just said get as much as you can get," Bosworth said. "I thought I could get that corner. I probably could have gained a couple of extra seconds if I had just gone straight, but I just tried to get as much as I could."
-- Charean Williams