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Oakland at Tennessee

Raiders keep revival alive by topping Titans

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For a change, the yellow flag fell in favor of the oft-penalized Oakland Raiders.

A personal foul call wiped out Tennessee's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Warren Sapp sacked Steve McNair three plays later, forcing a fumble that Jarrod Cooper recovered in the end zone, lifting the Raiders to a 34-25 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

McNair criticized the penalty, which wiped out a TD that would've given Tennessee the lead.

Not the Raiders, who came into this game tied for the league lead in penalties with 65.

"Call it lucky, call it fortunate, call it what you will," Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins said. "We've had a bunch of them go against us. We were able to handle those kinds of things, and I think that was a big key to winning the game."

Collins threw for three touchdowns for the Raiders (3-4) who won for the third time in their last four games. The defense came up with six sacks, including 2½ by Sapp, and two turnovers they converted into 10 points.

They also won their first road game this season, and they did it with their first victory in Tennessee against a team that had won the first three in this series.

The Titans (2-6) again blew a game they had a chance to win with the league's youngest team making repeated mistakes.

They outdid the Raiders by racking up nine penalties for 79 yards. They had a punt return for a TD wiped out by a roughness penalty, dropped passes, a botched extra point and a rookie who never looked for a ball thrown his way: A wide-open Bo Scaife was too busy running upfield and apparently forgot the ball might be thrown to him.

"Their best effort right now is not good enough for us not only to win, but more specifically, to overcome our own mistakes," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "Until we do that, we are going to be in this situation."

Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was more succinct.

"We shot ourselves in the foot? It's more like we shot ourselves in the face. We're killing ourselves," he said.

Typical of the Titans' problems was the sequence in the second quarter.

Trailing 17-12, Adam "Pacman" Jones returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown that would have given Tennessee its first lead. But officials flagged Titans safety Tank Williams for unnecessary roughness for blocking someone out of bounds at the line of scrimmage, wiping out the touchdown. Williams said later it wasn't him.

Sapp sacked McNair, knocking the ball into the end zone where safety Cooper recovered for the TD and a 24-12 lead with 5:47 to go in the second.

"That kind of stuff usually happens to us," Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. "To have it happen to them was nice to see. ... It was huge for us."

Oakland coach Norv Turner called the penalty a relief. Fisher declined to comment until he reviews the play on film, but he said his assistants told him it should not have been called.

McNair didn't hold himself back.

"You look for great things to happen," McNair said. "It doesn't happen often, but when it happens, you get excited about it. Then it's brought back for a penalty that shouldn't have been called."

Oakland clinched the victory when Collins tossed a short pass to Jerry Porter on the left sideline. Jones tried to shove Porter out of bounds with an arm, only to see Porter keep his feet and finish off a 44-yard TD with 4:37 left for a 34-25 lead.

LaMont Jordan had 20 carries for 67 yards and caught five passes for 69 more. Randy Moss, used more as decoy, had three catches for 26 yards.

Collins was 17 of 29 for 238 yards and had only his second interception of the season. Reynaldo Hill returned that pick 52 yards for a TD, but that only pulled the Titans within 24-22 just before halftime.

Tennessee held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Oakland 326-324 on offense.

The Titans had a chance to take the lead at the end of an 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter. But McNair was stopped short of a first down after scrambling to the Oakland 6, and they settled for a 24-yard field goal by Rob Bironas that pulled them within 27-25 with 7:48 left.

That was as close as they would get.


  • The Raiders had been only 2-16 on the road over the past two seasons. They scored the first 17 points of the game.
  • Oakland DE Bobby Hamilton hurt his left ankle but returned.
  • The loss ruined Chris Brown's best day this season. The Titans running back rushed 19 times for a season-high 97 yards.
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Jarrod Cooper (40) wound up falling on this Steve McNair fumble for a crucial TD.
Jarrod Cooper (40) wound up falling on this Steve McNair fumble for a crucial TD. (AP)


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Scoring Summary
TDJerry Porter, 26 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 12:04. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards in 2:56.
FGSebastian Janikowski 22 Yd, 6:24. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards in 4:07.
TDLaMont Jordan, 18 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 0:35. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards in 4:13.
TDCourtney Roby, 19 Yd pass from Steve McNair (Rob Bironas kick Failed), 10:13. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:22.
TDChris Brown, 38 Yd run (Steve McNair 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Chris Brown failed), 7:58. Drive: 2 plays, 34 yards in 0:38.
TDJarrod Cooper, 0 Yd fumble return (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 5:47.
FGRob Bironas 39 Yd, 0:51. Drive: 12 plays, 43 yards in 4:56.
TDReynaldo Hill, 52 Yd interception return (Rob Bironas kick is good), 0:12.
FGSebastian Janikowski 32 Yd, 1:29. Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards in 4:00.
FGRob Bironas 24 Yd, 7:48. Drive: 15 plays, 84 yards in 8:41.
TDJerry Porter, 44 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 4:37. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards in 3:11.
Players of the Game

C. Roby
Rec 7
Yds 83
Avg 11.9
TD 1

L. Jordan
Rush 20
Yds 67
Avg 3.3
TD 0
K. Collins17/2923831
L. Jordan2067020
A. Whitted124024
Z. Crockett1202
K. Collins1-10-1
J. Porter6123244
L. Jordan569118
R. Moss326013
J. Foschi21409
R. Williams1606
S. McNair26/4022910
C. Brown1997138
S. McNair541019
T. Henry1202
C. Roby783131
E. Kinney569019
R. Williams325010
B. Scaife519019
C. Brown21309
B. Troupe2905
T. Calico1606
G. Guenther1505
Complete Player Stats
Other Games
BAL 19 Final
PIT 20
BUF 16 Final
NE 21
TB 10 Final
SF 15
PHI 21 Final
DEN 49
KC 20 Final
SD 28
JAC 21 Final
STL 24
WAS 0 Final
NYG 36
MIA 21 Final
NO 6
CLE 16 Final
HOU 19
CHI 19 Final
DET 13
ARI 13 Final
DAL 34
GB 14 Final
CIN 21
MIN 13 Final
CAR 38