(CTN News) – With his fourth interception return for a touchdown on Sunday, Dallas Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland tied the NFL single-season record.
In a mere span of five days, the second-year cornerback showcased his prowess by returning an interception for a remarkable 63 yards.
This pivotal play contributed to the Cowboys’ dominant 45-10 victory over the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving Day. Bland expressed his elation, emphasizing the significance of this achievement on such a special occasion.
On Thursday, Bland surpassed the previous record held by Eric Allen (1993), Jim Kearney (1972), and Ken Houston (1971). Bland’s exceptional performance has resulted in him scoring more defensive touchdowns than any other team this season.
The Indianapolis Colts trail behind with three touchdowns. Remarkably, Bland’s five touchdowns are on par with notable offensive players such as Travis Kelce, the tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, Saquon Barkley, the running back for the New York Giants, and Josh Jacobs, the running back for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Dak Prescott, the Cowboys’ quarterback, admires Bland’s accomplishments and believes he will continue to break records this season. Prescott praises Bland’s skills, work ethic, and dedication to the sport.
He is inspired by Bland’s drive to score touchdowns and consistently reach the end zone. Prescott is proud of Bland’s achievements.
Bland made a record-breaking play when he intercepted a pass from Washington’s Sam Howell to Jahan Dotson on second-and-10 from the Dallas 43.
The Cowboys’ sideline erupted with excitement as Bland sprinted downfield. Despite Howell’s attempt to tackle him at the Washington 17, Bland skillfully avoided the quarterback, as well as Brian Robinson Jr. and Terry McLaurin, ultimately reaching the end zone at the 11-yard line.
“I was determined to succeed in that play,” Bland said, noting that his family from California was in attendance.
The touchdown sparked a lively celebration, with Bland finding himself surrounded by numerous teammates inside one of the Salvation Army red kettles.
The Cowboys festivities went on for so long that coach Mike McCarthy had to call a timeout before the point-after attempt.
McCarthy acknowledged unfamiliar customs but appreciated the support and recognized the need for a break. Sideline erupted with joy, McCarthy proud of DaRon.
Bland scored three touchdowns: 22-yard against Giants, intercepting a pass for a 54-yard score Cowboys against the Patriots, and seizing an inaccurate throw for a 30-yard return against the Rams.