UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys cleared a big obstacle thanks to Ezekiel Elliott’s hurdle of a defensive back in one of the more impressive and perfectly executed decisions of Week 3.

Elliott, the Cowboys rookie running back, reverted to his high school state champion hurdling form when he saw Bears safety Chris Prosinski in his way in the fourth quarter of Dallas’ 31-17 win that snapped an eight-game home losing streak.

Right away, Elliott figured he’d leap his would-be tackler .

“Whenever you get a DB in the open field with that much space, he’s definitely going to want to cut-tackle,” Elliott said. “I thought I might have to pull the hurdle out.”

Elliott picked up 14 yards on the play, helping him finish with 140 yards on 30 carries.

Elliott’s mother tweeted that her son’s “hurdling gene comes from mamma!”

And even though his father, Stacey, played football at Missouri, Elliott agreed that he got his athleticism from his mother, Dawn, who was a track and field star at that school.

“My mom is the best athlete in the family,” Elliott said. “She’s the reason I started to hurdle, actually. One year I quit my baseball team and so I had to run track. I was like I might as well try hurdles because my mom did it. I ended up being pretty good.”

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