ARLINGTON, Texas -- So long the scourge of Cowboys fans during his four-year run as a first-round pick who failed to deliver, Bobby Carpenter gained a little bit of revenge Sunday.
Carpenter’s 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter started Detroit’s comeback victory at Cowboys Stadium, but he would not gloat.
“Once I left Dallas I left everything here as far as my playing,” Carpenter said. “I’ve got a lot of great friends here. A lot of great friends in the organization, former teammates. I was excited to come back here and play. Anytime you get to play against friends, it’s always a blessing.”
Carpenter, who was a groomsman in Tony Romo’s May wedding and was only starting because of a concussion suffered by Justin Durant, was able to undercut a throw for wide receiver Dez Bryant to the wide side of the field.
“The linebacker made a good play on the ball,” Romo said. He got under it. I thought I threw it high enough t get over him, but he got up and got it. He did a good job on it.”
Carpenter’s zig-zag return was even better and he managed to cross the goal line before a hit by Doug Free popped the ball loose.
“It was definitely a big game for the Lions,” said Carpenter, who was credited with six tackles. “We needed to win this. We’re 4-0. We’ve got a big Monday night game against Chicago. It definitely feels better than maybe a normal game.”