Former Ohio State football RB Ezekiel Elliott ends 2022 season as Dallas Cowboys center

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Ezekiel Elliott ended his season as the Dallas Cowboys' center.

With two seconds left in the Cowboys' 19-12 NFC Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, Elliott, a former Ohio State running back, lined up as the team's only lineman with seven players lined up out wide with a running back standing next to quarterback Dak Prescott.

Backed up at their own 24-yard line, Elliott snapped the ball to Prescott before getting leveled by the 49ers rusher. Prescott's completion to Kavontae Turpin didn't reach the first down marker.

Elliott's snap was the final play of what ended as the worst rushing season of his career, recording 876 rushing yards on 231 carries and averaging 3.8 yards per rush.

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Elliott did finish the season with 12 touchdowns, the fourth season where he finished with double-digit touchdowns. The 2022 season was also his first without a fumble.

It was a play San Francisco 49ers and former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa wanted to be a part of.

"I was almost kind of mad I wasn't out there on the last one," Bosa said. "But I guess they wanted some faster guys than me. But, yeah, it was great."

After the game, Elliott made it clear that he wanted to stay with the Cowboys.

"Definitely thought about it," Elliott said. "I want to be here. I don't have a crystal ball, but I want to be here."

And while most of the attention has been focused on the aftermath, Ohio State football associate athletic director for player personnel was impressed by Elliott's snapping ability.

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