PITTSBURGH – DeMarcus Lawrence had gotten close several times in his first five games.
Sunday against the Steelers, he got his first sack of the season – and it came at a key point in the Cowboys' eventual 35-30 victory.
On third-and-3 from the Steelers' 39-yard line late in the third quarter, Lawrence dropped Ben Roethlisberger for an 8-yard loss to end the drive. Lucky Whitehead then returned Pittsburgh's punt 39 yards to midfield.
Three plays later, the Cowboys took a 23-18 lead on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant.
"It felt great," Lawrence said. "I feel like I've just got to do more. I'm hard on myself, I really am. I think I should've been there a couple more times.
"It was a good feeling. But I'm greedy. I want more."
On the next drive, he stopped Antonio Brown for a 10-yard loss that led to another punt. But the biggest challenge for the Cowboys' defense was keeping Roethlisberger in the pocket and disrupting his timing.
"You've just got to stay after him," Lawrence said. "You've got to get him off his spot. He's going to try to extend plays. He's like Aaron Rodgers, but he's just bigger."