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 Steelers controlled the ball for most of the quarter but failed to score, as Shaun Suisham missed a 32-yard field goal attempt following a 16-play drive that took 9:21 off the clock.
The Raiders rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 21-3 halftime lead against the Steelers Sunday.
The Raiders struck on a 93-yard run by Terrelle Pryor on the first play of scrimmage and later added a 7-yard run by Darren McFadden in the first quarter Sunday against the Steelers.
Shaun Suisham has kicked off to the Raiders, with Taiwan Jones replacing Jacoby Jones and returning the ball to the 28-yard line. Chemdi Chekwa’s holding penalty moved the ball back to the 7-yard line.
Owner Mark Davis continues to mend fences with ex-Raiders, with former coach and Hall of Fame left tackle Art Shell lighting the torch Sunday in honor of Al Davis.
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Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor grew up in Pennsylvania and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he wanted nothing to do with the Steelers once he reached the NFL.
Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who first met Pryor when Pryor was a teen-ager, offered to select Pryor in the NFL’s supplemental draft in 2011.
Ultimately, the Raiders used a third-round pick on Pryor in that draft. That means the Steelers had two shots at taking Pryor before he went to the Raiders.
“(Tomlin) said, ‘Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’ ” Pryor said. “But he gave me a story about when he was down in Tampa Bay, about a quarterback (Shaun King) that was there, and he ended up being in the same hometown. It was just hard for him; he ended up cutting out because of all the distractions. . . .
“I had to say no because, at a young age, I didn’t want to be near home and have distractions around me.”
Pryor grew up in Jeanette, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He also bolted town after a stellar high school career, accepting a scholarship to attend Ohio State, when he had his pick of colleges, including home-state hotbeds such as Penn State and Pitt.