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Browns at home against stumbling Raiders 13-7

SportsLine.com wire reports

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns can always count on kicker Phil Dawson's right leg.

On Sunday, they needed his left one, too.

Dawson scampered 14 yards on a fake field goal to set up William Green's go-ahead touchdown run in a rare and ugly home victory for the Browns, 13-7 over the penalty-prone Oakland Raiders.

"Dawson looked like that guy Forrest Gump," said Browns defensive end Kenard Lang. "I was gonna yell, 'Run, Forrest, run.' He didn't look all that pretty running, but the result was beautiful, man."

Not only did his run -- if you want to call it that -- catch the Raiders completely off guard, it even surprised Dawson, who isn't looking forward to his next one.

"I tried to change directions, but my belly was carrying me out of bounds," Dawson said. "But if you're wearing a helmet, and they tell you to run, you run."

Green ran right through Raider AbomiNation, picking up 145 yards as the Browns (3-3) won for the first time in three tries at home this season.

Cleveland is just 10-25 in front of its own fans since the Browns' NFL rebirth in 1999.

As the final seconds ticked off, a few of Cleveland's players sprinted to the Dawg Pound for one of their few postgame celebrations over the past five years.

"Had to," tackle Barry Stokes said. "The fans today were amazing. They were loud. They showed up."

The Raiders (2-4) didn't. At least not the same ones that made it to the Super Bowl last season. The Silver and Black were tinged with plenty of yellow.

Oakland committed an NFL season-high 19 penalties -- five on consecutive plays in the third quarter -- and looked nothing like defending AFC champions.

"We are not a smart football team," quarterback Rich Gannon said. "That is well-documented. We talk about penalties every week, it's a lack of discipline, and it's inexcusable."

The 19 penalties were just one shy of their team record set in 1996 and three short of the league mark.

During one comical stretch, the Raiders lost 29 yards without running an official play. Following a false start, tackle Langston Walker was called for holding and then tripping. After another false start, Gannon crossed the line of scrimmage on a pass.

"We kept getting backed up, backed up, backed up," Walker said. "The moons must be aligned perfectly, or something."

Yet despite their abundance of sloppiness, the Raiders still had a chance to win in the final minute, driving to Cleveland's 24 with 33 seconds left.

But Gannon's 2-yard pass to Jerry Rice on fourth-and-1 was ruled out of bounds with 23 seconds left.

The play was reviewed, but the call stood when referee Johnny Grier couldn't find sufficient replay evidence to overturn it.

"We were trying to get a shot down the line to tell us if the knee was in or out," Grier said. "I was looking for something to show me that, and I didn't have it."

Dawson kicked field goals of 52 and 31 yards, but his biggest play came while lining up for a 36-yarder late in the third quarter.

While watching film this week, the Browns noticed that the Raiders overloaded one side. So after taking the snap, holder Chris Gardocki pitched it to Dawson, who lumbered his way to a first down at the 5.

"I was just praying they were going to rush and try to block the kick," Dawson said. "Because if not, I wasn't going to put on any moves or outrun them."

Green then blasted through for his first TD to give the Browns a 10-7 lead.

Cleveland got the ball back with 7:54 remaining and ran Green down Oakland's throat. He picked up 56 yards as the Browns ran the ball nine straight times, setting up Dawson's kick that made it 13-7 with 2½ minutes left.

Green rushed for 115 yards in last week's victory over Pittsburgh, and is the first Cleveland back to have consecutive 100-yard games since Kevin Mack in 1986.

"This one feels special," said Green, whose fumble in the first quarter set up Oakland's TD. "We kept pounding the ball and that's fun. The best thing is that we're improving and can get even better."


  • Raiders G Frank Middleton injured his right quadriceps in the first quarter and did not return.
  • Rice extended his NFL record by catching a pass in his 262nd consecutive game.
  • Oakland's 19 penalties were the most ever against the Browns.
  • Browns DE Courtney Brown had another strong game, recording a sack, causing a fumble and deflecting a pass.

The Associated Press News Service

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William Green brings Derrick Gibson along for 20 of his 145 yards in the fourth quarter.
William Green brings Derrick Gibson along for 20 of his 145 yards in the fourth quarter. (AP)


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Scoring Summary
TDTeyo Johnson, 10 Yd pass from Rich Gannon (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 9:48. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards in 3:49.
FGPhil Dawson 52 Yd, 14:55. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards in 4:32.
TDWilliam Green, 5 Yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good), 0:14. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards in 4:43.
FGPhil Dawson 32 Yd, 2:29. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 5:25.
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J. Fargas633010
C. Garner92808
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J. Rice219010
T. Brown21408
T. Couch16/2612700
W. Green26145120
P. Dawson114014
D. Northcutt1808
J. Jackson1303
T. Couch2102
J. White1000
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J. White330017
A. Davis117017
K. Johnson21709
Q. Morgan314010
W. Green1-20-2
T. Couch1-30-3
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