CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Jarious Jackson made a strong pitch for Denver's third quarterback job, leading the Broncos on late scoring drive and capping it with a winning sneak Saturday night.
"He showed a lot of poise. We moved the football," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said after his team rallied for a 15-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Jackson, vying with Danny Kanell for the No. 3 spot, took the Broncos 80 yards on 15 plays in the final three minutes. The key play was a fourth-down pass of 36 yards to Frank Rice that carried to the Chicago 15.
Reuben Droghns carried 14 yards to the 1 before Jackson, who followed Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein in the rotation Saturday night, sneaked in to give Denver its second victory in two exhibition games.
"I'm proud of the effort and the end result," Jackson said.
Jackson didn't enter the game until there were five minutes remaining.
"It was great for `Jack' to be able to sit on the sideline for half the game and then get his opportunity and do what he did," Broncos running back Clinton Portis said.
The Bears fell to 1-1 in their final game at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium after playing all their homes games there a year ago while Soldier Field was overhauled.
The Bears took a 10-3 lead in the third quarter, but couldn't hold on. A week ago, they came back and beat Indianapolis in the final minutes.
"Good things, bad things. You always want to win and we didn't get that done," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "Last week we won at the end, this week we lost."
Chicago's Edell Shepherd jumped and took the ball away from Denver defensive back Kelly Herndon to haul down a 29-yard pass from Rex Grossman that put the Bears at the 2. And Adrian Peterson's 1-yard run put Chicago ahead by seven late in the period.
In the fourth quarter, the Broncos gambled twice. When the Bears were called for too many men on the field as Jason Elam kicked a 40-yard field goal, Denver took points off the board, went for the TD and got it.
Beuerlein hit Herb Haygood on a 10-yard scoring pass with 9:56 to go to bring the Broncos within one at 10-9.
Denver elected to go for two and the lead, but Jason Goss and Eric Joyce broke up Beuerlein's pass for Rice.
Plummer, who visited the Bears during the free agent recruiting period before signing with the Broncos, and Kordell Stewart played two series each.
Plummer was 8-of-13 for 117 yards for Denver, and Stewart was 3-of-8 for 28 for Chicago.
Plummer threw a 21-yard-pass to Ashley Lelie as the Broncos moved 80 yards on their first possession.
After reaching the Bears 8, the Broncos stalled and ended up settling for Elam's 22-yard field goal, the 15th play of the drive.
Stewart had a 15-yard scramble and hit Marty Booker on a 30-yard pass as the Bears moved in to tie it on Paul Edinger's 28-yard field on the first play of the second quarter.
Mike Green picked off Plummer's pass and returned 43 yards, but after a 21-yard run by Rabih Abdullah, backup Chris Chandler was sacked and Edinger missed from 47 yards.
After Willie Middlebrooks recovered a fumble by Abdullah, Elam had a chance to give the Broncos the lead at the half but his 26-yard attempt was blocked by rookie Lance Briggs with 1:54 left. Elam also missed from 55 yards on the half's final play.
On a steamy night with the temperatures in the 80s, the Broncos were called for nine first-half penalties - seven for false starts - in the sloppy game.
Denver finished with 10 penalties for 60 yards, but outgained the Bears 397-217.
"We were quite sloppy," Shanahan said. "I'm not sure I've ever see that many penalties in the first half."
Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier sustained a separated shoulder from a hit by Bears defensive back Camereon Worrell. Shanahan said Putzier would be out at least two weeks.
The Associated Press News Service
Copyright 2003, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved