Raiders hold on to beat Steelers


Terrelle Pryor made franchise and NFL history on the first play from scrimmage, took a commanding halftime lead and then spent the rest of the day playing defense in a 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders improved to 3-4 with another home game to come against Philadelphia before a difficult stretch which will find them on the road four times in five weeks. The Steelers saw their two-game win streak snapped in falling to 2-5.

Pryor’s 93-yard touchdown run ignited the Raiders, who also had touchdown runs of 7 and 4 yards from Darren McFadden in the first half en route to a 21-3 halftime lead.

With the Raiders on their own 7-yard line after a holding penalty on Chimdi Chekwa on the opening kickoff, Pryor faked a handoff to Darren McFadden on a read option. The defense swarmed to the right side for the tackle, with McFadden running through a gaping hole on the right.

All that Pryor needed was a block from Rod Streater against safety Troy Polamalu to break free and use his near sprinter’s speed to complete a 93-yard touchdown run.

It was not only the longest run in Raiders history, surpassing a 92-yard run by Bo Jackson against Cincinnati in 1987, but the longest by a quarterback for a touchdown in NFL history, surpassing an 80-yard run by Kordell Stewart of Pittsburgh in 1996.

McFadden’s 7-yard run converted a short-field 26-yard drive set up when Rashad Jennings deflected a Zoltan Mesko punt. Pittsburgh scored on a 47-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham early in the second quarter. Suisham would later miss his first two attempts of the season from distances of 32 and 32 yards.

The second touchdown for McFadden came as a quarterback in the wildcat formation, with an inside fake to Jacoby Ford, a move to the right, then a cutback inside for an easy score. Pryor was lined up as a receiver to the right on the play.

The touchdown capped a 72-yard drive just when it appeared Jacoby Ford had allowed a punt to glance off his leg for a Pittsburgh recovery. Instead, replay confirmed the ball was first touched by Antwon Blake of the Steelers.

The Raiders rushed for 182 yards in the first half, but were bottled up in the second half. The defense proved up to the challenge, with Mike Jenkins intercepting a Roethlisberger pass and Tracy Porter recovering a fumble forced by Jenkins.

Pittsburgh drew within 21-10 in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Emanuel Sanders with 12:11 left, a play set up by a Ford fumble at the Oakland 11-yard line.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • KoolKell

    10yr Bye streak broken, and the new era begins.

  • KoolKell

    Every fan of the sport knows that there is a difference between timed speed and football speed. Football is rarely a game of straight-lines, making fluidity and general athleticism much more critical than just a 40-yard dash time.

    In much this same way, some receivers possess a natural ability to pluck the ball, tuck it away and accelerate in one smooth motion that makes them even greater than the sum of their parts. Sammy Watkins is one such receiver.
    I don’t know if Mr Davis would agree.

  • RealTruRaider

    Show me your boobs!!!

  • r8ter4evr

    Another new post?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Watkins is as explosive as they come.

  • Tony Ward

    I know a win is a win, but all in the first half? Still the same Raiders of old! Offense unable to move the ball and defense unable to stop the big plays! DCRaiderfan and I agree, when the chance was available to get Andy Reid, the front office dropped the ball as always! Bad idea to keep the current GM and HC!

  • LondonAl

    The defense played very well today. I can’t accept criticism of the D. If the offense had not kept punting after three downs the D would have been even better. Defense is not the problem.

  • Corebare32

    I didn’t realize Allen was doing such a terrible job of it? Mark my words: The Chiefs are about to lose to @BUF (8-1) @DEN (8-2) VS SD (8-3) VS DEN (8-4) W@WASH (9-4) @OAK (9-5) VS IND (9-6) @SD (9-6)
    Then one and out VS the COLTS. 😉

  • Corebare32

    The Raiders suddenly have the right GM. The right coach. A talented, very smart QB who has his head screwed on right. A team that is unified, full of pride and on the same page. And though they won today, they are concentrating on what they could have done better, instead of celebrating the win.
    Allen purged this team of cancer’s like Rolando McClain, Huff, and Kelly. Got rid of overpaid players like DHB, and is steering this team in this right direction.
    Can’t wait to see how they progress this year and see the team they become by 2014!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Tony – You have to give credit where it is due. I agree with you that the offense could be better, but they have improved the defense by far. Wait until we get our o-line in the key spots where they should have been with a respectable run game, which will open up the pass game. TP is not the greatest passer but he is young and talented and open to improvement. I was pissed off in the second half as well but we are two playmakers away from looking good.

  • Thomas Bennett

    Kansas City won’t win in Oakland.