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Numerous viewpoints on Pryor’s record-setting TD run

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OAKLAND – In a span of 14 seconds, Terrelle Pryor turned an inauspicious start by the Raiders on Sunday into a tone-setting touchdown with a run for the ages.
Pryor took the snap from center, faked a hand-off to running back Darren McFadden, rolled to his right, turned the corner and sprinted 93 yards for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
That play propelled the Raiders to an early lead that they parlayed into a 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum. It also brought about a wide range of perspective on a play that seemed rather innocuous at first.
Center Stefen Wisniewski had his face buried in the body of nose tackle Steve McClendon, thinking he cleared a crease for McFadden.
“I heard the crowed cheering, I kind of looked at D-Mac and he looked like he was 5 of 6 yards downfield,” Wisniewski said. “I was like, ‘Are we that excited about a 5- or 6-yard gain?’
“Sure enough, I look up and Pryor’s at the 50 with no one around him and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s why they’re cheering. Sweet.’ ”
By the time Wisniewski and many others realized what transpired, Pryor had more than 5 yards on the nearest Steelers defender en route to an untouched romp into the end zone.
Left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes was fixated on Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, doing his part to help spring McFadden for a sizable gain. Or so he thought.
“I see D-Mac come out the hole next to me … then I hear the crowd erupt,” Barnes said. “It’s always a good feeling when you hear the crowd erupt because you know something big is happening.”
The play was a read-option, where Pryor is assigned to give the ball to McFadden or keep it, depending upon how outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley reacts to the prospect of McFadden getting the ball.
Woodson “bit hard,” according to Wisniewski, which left Pryor with one fewer defender to worry about on the right side of the Raiders line.
All that remained were for right offensive tackle Matt McCants to seal the edge and wide receiver Rod Streater to seal off strong safety Troy Polamalu.
“I decided to hit my guy as hard as I could,” McCants said, still expecting the ball to go to McFadden. “The next thing, I looked up and T.P. was in the end zone. So, I was like, that’s a good sign.”
Streater saw the play unfolding, and he knew he had the ability to turn a short gain into a long one.
“I just knew I had to get outside leverage on Polamalu and seal him off,” Streater said. “He just (read) my block right, cut up and made a great play.”
Next thing he knew, Streater said, Pryor was on his way to what he called the longest run of his football career, at any level.
“Man, anytime he gets around the edge, it can be a House Call because he’s so fast,” Streater said. “It was just a great call, a great play and a great read by him.”
Pryor said he doesn’t recall seeing so much room to run on such a play call.
“I saw (Woodley) biting,” Pryor said, “and I was like ‘jeez.’ … I came out (wide), Rod made a phenomenal block, and it was off to the races.”
The Raiders worked on this play “for a while,” Barnes said. Still, no one was quite sure how it was going to work out or that it was going to be called on the first play of the game.
Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson watched from the sideline and said Pryor “faked me out,” and he didn’t realize what happened until Pryor was at midfield.
Even McFadden wasn’t quite sure if he was getting the ball or not.
“I didn’t know if he was going to keep it or not,” McFadden said. “He just so happened to pull it (back) and he smoked around the end for 93 yards. …Once I went (into the line) and guys kind of grabbed me, I heard the crowd roar and I looked up. He was just gone.”

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Steve Corkran

  • Morilla_00

    Personally, that’s why you have nothing to do with football at any level.

  • RaiderDirt

    It’s a party….. It’s a party… It’s a parta

    Enough Said

    ONE NATION!!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    I’ve backed him too. Today was ugly. REAL ugly. Not looking for him to get cut, but I don’t want him resigned at this point either.

  • 24

    I really believe we can beat the Eagles and go 4-4. Their QB situation is a mess.

  • RaiderLen

    Seriously? Olson calls the plays. Period.

  • raider_39

    put him in TP’s shoes and even Rodgers, who i really like, will look mortal to begin with…the QB makes the OL better, yes, but only if he has total control of the PB, of what he is doing, and thats why ARodgers has success with that setup. imo.

    or the QB is an exeptional athlete like TP, as we experience first hand over here

  • Morilla_00

    Period.

  • kenchun24

    Dang…was hoping for a miracle backdoor cover from the Vikes in junktime.

  • Morilla_00

    Wait, that’s Priest’s line.

    Period.

  • RaiderLen

    We have a defense and a QB that makes enough happen to give us a shot.

  • DJ Johnny

    I stand corrected then. But he still got the final score wrong.
    His initial snarky comment suggested we had not won a game yet.
    I’m not convinced he knew that we had.

  • Blackholepriest

    Kk is absolutely Olson may be calling plays but he is doing so at the behest of his HC…………

  • RaiderLen

    You’re right. Period.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Agreed.

  • kenchun24

    I think so too….stop McCoy first,then capitalize on the rookie Barkley and gotta get TD’s in every half,not just the 1st lol

  • Morilla_00

    Exclamation point

  • r8ter4evr

    Dont bet. against Rodgers

  • BossKnows01

    There it is, Optimus Pryor

  • 24

    Agreed! I’m not even afraid of our schedule either. I’m not trying to be a homer here but as we start to get healthy, facing the Eagles, Giants, Texans, Titans, Cowboys and Jets right before our 3 game AFC West battle at the end doesn’t worry me. We could go on a run and it could even help that the Chiefs and Broncos will be in the playoffs and won’t play as hard by the end of the season.

  • Morilla_00

    No he’s not. Period.

  • eastoaklandraider

    We have a bad oline and tp is a young qb who has yet to master his craft.

  • RaiderLen

    So Allen is right in his ear orchestrating the calls. BS.

  • KoolKell

    Reggie, DA, Tarver put together a whole new Defense, that’s ballin

    I gotta thank Woodson too.

  • RaiderLen

    Period.

  • Morilla_00

    Bwahahaha

  • 24

    There’s always a conspiracy!

  • Raiders for Life

    Tarvers defense should hold up. Olson’s offense needs some love, I’m on the fence with that dude…Seems to get Knappish in the 2nd half.

  • Blackholepriest

    You don’t do things without the HC’s direction it’s the reason most GM want HC’s who are also the OC.

  • r8ter4evr

    Wouldn’t.be if ole Al was still around

  • Gdog

    I am not down at all with the “just hang on by our teeth and hope we win because we have a big lead” style of offense. It miraculously worked twice now… but he needed two missed chip shot FGS to win today.

    He called three creative plays all game and that was the difference of the game. Why not try it more often? Who knows… this team could be a crazy team to beat with a better OC. Or even one in the top half of the league…

  • RaiderLen

    He’s just hopefull you won’t stalk him in the parking lot of safeway.

    I think they have home delivery, so He’s probably safe.

  • kenchun24

    Meh…I liked the +9.5 points at home..started out good for the cover but the Vikes D is horrible,and Rodgers isn’t bad either heh

  • Morilla_00

    No they don’t.

  • 24

    Regardless, we have proven week by week that we can get a good lead and in the past, we would always lose games with a lead. It may not be pretty but at least we’re finally winning some of these.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So DA is the orchestrator of this R/O pistol offense we are running?
    And running a top 10 defense?
    Damn, dude deserves COY consideration.

  • KoolKell

    Every little lead we get Allen squats on it.

  • 24

    And this has been done with a makeshift offensive line. Just wait till everyone gets healthy.

  • RaiderLen

    Period.

  • 24

    ……………………………………………Lots of periods!

  • Just Fire Baby

    How many HC’s are the OC? I can’t think of one, I am sure there is a couple but not many.

  • alex7

    you mean we were flat when we took a lead on a TD pass and then a blocked punt? That wasn’t flat.

    Flynn sucked in the 2nd half, just like Pryor did today, and in SD, and in Denver, and vs the Colts, and the Chiefs…

    but the D and ST kept playing hard in all those situations

  • Morilla_00
  • 24

    I’d like to order a Megatron happy meal please!

  • 2romes

    I’ve seen Streater lay it out for the Raiders. I like him. Hoping Criner or Butler plays like him.

  • Blackholepriest

    Notice noo Alex7, Slob or that idiot Zymurge also SyMo bush.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What’s the last 4th quarter lead DA squandered?
    Have we had one in his tenure?

  • r8ter4evr

    We are no longer tbe joke of the NFL pride and poise is back

  • kenchun24

    Had our chance…but took the Jabustus #0 value meal instead.

  • alex7

    watching the end of the world series.

  • Just Fire Baby

    WE will have the better QB and HC, and be at home.
    Usually a recipe for a win.