"I dropped the ball. That loss is on me."
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is accepting full blame for the team's 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, despite the fact that he had a season-high 127 rushing yards on just 16 carries.
Elliott, whose 7.9 yards per rush were the second-best of his career in a game, was flagged for an illegal touch of a forward pass on what would have been a 31-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and later fumbled the ball away in the fourth while the Cowboys were driving down 24-6.
Of the illegal touch, Elliott told reporters, "I had no idea [I was out of bounds]. "That's on me. I've got to have better awareness of the sideline. That's it."
"I had a poor performance today," Elliott said during the post-game according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com. "Did well in the run game, but overall, I dropped the ball. That loss is on me."
"You can say whatever, but at the end of the day, when you've got the ball in your hands, that's the team in your hands," Elliott said. "Me being a leader on the team, me being a better player on this team, I got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. That cost us the game."
The Cowboys, now 1-2 on the season, will host the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Seattle, coming off their first win, will be back on the road next weekend as they take on the 0-3 Arizona Cardinals.