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Quinn paces Browns to win

Aug 30, 2009 - 3:31 AM By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND(AP) -- One Browns quarterback threw a touchdown pass. The other did not.

And for Brady Quinn, that perfect pass may have pushed him over the top.

Quinn threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and outplayed Derek Anderson in perhaps their final auditions for coach Eric Mangini to be Cleveland's starting quarterback, and the Browns beat the Tennessee Titans 23-17 in an exhibition game Saturday night.

Quinn and Anderson entered the third preseason game in a virtual dead heat. Earlier this week, Mangini described their summer-long competition as "very close" and it remains that way. They've posted similar stats with Quinn's TD pass - the only one by a Cleveland QB in the preseason - as the only thing separating the pair.

Mangini said he is no nearer to naming his starter for the Sept. 13 opener against Minnesota.

"I'll look at the tape tomorrow, talk to the coaches and continue to evaluate it," Mangini said. "When the decision is made, I'll let everyone know."

After coming off the bench last week, Quinn got the start and finished 11 of 15 for 128 yards. He led the Browns to one TD and two field goals in his four series.

Anderson went 7 of 11 for 77 yards and led the Browns to one field goal on two possessions. He didn't have an interception, but one poorly thrown ball was dropped by Tennessee cornerback Tenard Davis.

Both QBs were happy with their performances and both did their best to sidestep questions about who they think will win their race.

"It's out of my hands," Anderson said. "Let the chips fall."

Quinn was asked if he expected a decision to come this week.

"I expect to practice on Monday," he said. "Derek and I are mentally tough guys. If our coach wants us to go forever, I'm sure we can go forever."

Quinn was given a short field to work with in the third quarter when the Browns recovered a Tennessee fumble on a kickoff at the Titans 34. On first down, Quinn threw underneath to Jamal Lewis who weaved 14 yards on a screen.

Quinn then fired his TD pass on an inside slant to Edwards, who moments earlier made a sensational one-handed catch in the end zone on a pass from Anderson but could only get one foot down.

Edwards refused to handicap the Browns' quarterback derby.

"That's up to coach," he said. "Whatever decision he makes we'll support. Right now, they both look good."

While Cleveland's quarterbacks were under the microscope, Tennessee's Kerry Collins looked best.

Collins went 11 of 14 for 102 yards and threw a 6-yard TD pass to Justin Gage in the first quarter. The 36-year-old Collins can still throw it as hard and far as always and he showed soft touch on several balls.

"Kerry spread the ball around quite a bit," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "We got some things accomplished that we didn't see last week. I was pleased with the drives. We gave up a couple of plays, but I thought we handled the run with the starters"

With Patrick Ramsey nursing sore ribs, Vince Young played three quarters and went 17 of 24 for 174 yards. He threw a 15-yard TD pass to tight end Matthew Mulligan, but also threw an interception that was returned 11 yards for a TD by Browns linebacker Alex Hall.

Young accepted blame for the pick.

"It was my fault," he said. "(Hall) made a great play. I threw a ball behind him (Matt Mulligan). I should have thrown it into the ground."

Collins threw a touchdown pass and played the whole first half last week in a loss at Dallas. But Tennessee's first-team offense managed just 78 yards. The Titans nearly equaled that the second time they had the ball as Collins capped a 75-yard drive with his TD pass to Gage.

Quinn displayed nice arm strength on an 18-yard pass to Mike Furrey and later stepped up and drilled a pass to Joshua Cribbs on third down for another 18 as Cleveland moved to the Titans 10. But the Browns had to settle for Phil Dawson's 21-yard field goal to pull within 7-3.

Anderson impacted the game in a strange way before it was his turn to play.

On Tennessee's first play after Dawson's kick, Collins threw a deep pass down the right side that fell incomplete. However, field judge Terry Brown called a 15-yard penalty on Anderson, who was standing on the Browns sideline, for being outside the restricted bench area.

Brown tripped and fell over Anderson, who appeared to be trying to get out of the official's way.

Anderson admitted he was watching the play on the scoreboard and the next thing he knew the play was on top of him.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 7 0 7 3 17
    CLEVELAND 0 3 17 3 23 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - TD, JUSTIN GAGE 6 YD PASS FROM KERRY
    COLLINS (ROB BIRONAS KICK), 10:01. Drive: 12
    plays, 75 yards in 6:06. TENNESSEE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: CLE - FG, PHIL DAWSON 21 YD, 2:09. Drive: 13
    plays,

    Aug 29 10:20 PM
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    Titans 17, Browns 23  4th - 2:00Aug 29 10:15 PM


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    FG TEN
    ROB BIRONAS 32 YD
    TENNESSEE 17
    CLEVELAND 23 4:29 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Titans 17, Browns 23  4th - 4:29Aug 29 10:05 PM
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    Titans 17, Browns 23  4th - 4:29Aug 29 10:05 PM


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    FG CLE
    PHIL DAWSON 31 YD
    TENNESSEE 14
    CLEVELAND 23 12:41 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Titans 14, Browns 23  4th - 12:41Aug 29 9:45 PM


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    TENNESSEE 14
    CLEVELAND 20 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    CLE BALL ON TEN 37 YD LINE
    2ND AND 12

    Titans 14, Browns 20  4th - 15:00Aug 29 9:42 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 7 0 7 14
    CLEVELAND 0 3 17 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - TD, JUSTIN GAGE 6 YD PASS FROM KERRY
    COLLINS (ROB BIRONAS KICK), 10:01. Drive: 12
    plays, 75 yards in 6:06. TENNESSEE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: CLE - FG, PHIL DAWSON 21 YD, 2:09. Drive: 13


    Titans 7, Browns 3  End of 3rdAug 29 9:42 PM


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    TD TEN
    MATTHEW MULLIGAN 15 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG
    (ROB BIRONAS KICK)
    TENNESSEE 14
    CLEVELAND 20 3:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Titans 14, Browns 20  3rd - 3:07Aug 29 9:33 PM


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    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 20 5:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    TEN BALL ON TEN 43 YD LINE
    1ST AND -13

    Titans 7, Browns 20  3rd - 5:43Aug 29 9:30 PM


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    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 19 5:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    CLE BALL ON TEN 11 YD LINE
    0TH AND 0

    Titans 7, Browns 19  3rd - 5:56Aug 29 9:25 PM


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    TD CLE
    BRAYLON EDWARDS 20 YD PASS FROM BRADY QUINN
    (PHIL DAWSON KICK)
    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 13 7:01 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Titans 7, Browns 13  3rd - 7:01Aug 29 9:19 PM


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    FG CLE
    PHIL DAWSON 37 YD
    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 6 8:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Titans 7, Browns 6  3rd - 8:07Aug 29 9:11 PM


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    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 3 14:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    CLE BALL ON CLE 37 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Titans 7, Browns 3  3rd - 14:56Aug 29 9:02 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 7 0 7
    CLEVELAND 0 3 3 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - TD, JUSTIN GAGE 6 YD PASS FROM KERRY
    COLLINS (ROB BIRONAS KICK), 10:01. Drive: 12
    plays, 75 yards in 6:06. TENNESSEE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: CLE - FG, PHIL DAWSON 21 YD, 2:09. Drive: 13
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    Titans 7, Browns 0  HalfAug 29 9:02 PM


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    FG CLE
    PHIL DAWSON 21 YD
    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 3 12:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Titans 7, Browns 3  2nd - 12:51Aug 29 8:08 PM


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    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 0 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    CLE BALL ON TEN 20 YD LINE
    2ND AND 7

    Titans 7, Browns 0  2nd - 15:00Aug 29 8:05 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    TENNESSEE 0 0
    CLEVELAND 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - TD, JUSTIN GAGE 6 YD PASS FROM KERRY
    COLLINS (ROB BIRONAS KICK), 10:01. Drive: 12
    plays, 75 yards in 6:06. TENNESSEE 7-0

    Titans 0, Browns 0  End of 1stAug 29 8:05 PM


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    TD TEN
    JUSTIN GAGE 6 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS
    (ROB BIRONAS KICK)
    TENNESSEE 7
    CLEVELAND 0 4:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Titans 7, Browns 0  1st - 4:59Aug 29 7:53 PM