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Feely shines as Cardinals hammer Broncos in Studesville's debut

Dec 13, 2010 - 5:12 AM Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Kicker Jay Feely scored 25 of Arizona's 43 points, mixing his first career touchdown run with five field goals in the Cardinals' 43-13 win over Denver at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Rookie John Skelton made his first career start, throwing for 146 yards on 15-of-37 passing, as the Cardinals (4-9) got their first win against the Broncos while also snapping a seven-game slide. Tim Hightower rushed for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the win.

Meanwhile, Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville didn't have much of a honeymoon period, losing his first career game at the helm.

Studesville was promoted from running backs coach to replace Josh McDaniels, who was fired on Monday after suffering three straight losses and posting an 11-17 record in his two seasons at the helm -- the worst record in nearly four decades of any Broncos coach who lasted at least one season.

"It was tough to experience that, but you just have to go to work and find out who really wants to finish this thing," Denver linebacker Mario Haggan said of the coaching change.

Kyle Orton had a terrible outing, throwing three interceptions while only completing 19-of-41 passes for 166 yards for Denver (3-10). Knowshon Moreno compiled 113 yards from scrimmage and had a rushing touchdown in the loss.

"The last couple weeks the passing gave hasn't got it going and I gotta do better," said Orton. "I gotta make better reads, make better decisions and make better throws."

The Broncos' opening drive went 73 yards and led to a 32-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka 4 1/2 minutes in.

Arizona was able to knot the game at three on Feely's 26-yard field goal later in the first before moving ahead for good.

Feely's second field goal -- a 48-yarder -- came three minutes into the second quarter. Kerry Rhodes produced two consecutive takeaways for the Arizona defense, with the second coming on an interception of Orton that put the Cardinals at the opposing 24 with six minutes until halftime.

Arizona set up for a 22-yard field goal from the five-yard line, but ran a trick play instead of kicking. Place holder Ben Graham flipped the ball to Feely, who scurried into the end zone to provide a 13-3 lead.

"As soon as I caught the ball, I kind of knew I was going to make it because [Denver] rushed pretty hard on that corner and I was able to get in the end zone and have a little fun," said Feely.

Feely continued his memorable game by hammering a 55-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half, giving his team a 16-3 lead at the break.

He opened the second-half scoring with a 23-yarder but also missed a 49-yard attempt with 1:03 left in the same quarter.

During the next play, Orton fumbled the ball to give it back to Arizona on the 39-yard line. The offense traveled only eight yards, and Feely redeemed himself with a 49-yarder to make it 22-3.

Denver got back on the board thanks to a Hightower fumble on the 25-yard line. The Broncos traveled only 13 yards, though, and had to settle for Hauschka's 30-yard field goal

Arizona took a 29-6 lead when Hightower scored an eight-yard touchdown. He set up the TD run with a 41-yard scamper two plays prior. Denver scored with 3:31 to play when Moreno dove from one-yard out

Hightower answered back, breaking off a 35-yard touchdown run 27 seconds later, and Arizona linebacker Daryle Washington returned an interception 40 yards for what appeared to be his touchdown.

Washington dropped the ball, lineman Darnell Dockett fell on it, and it was ruled Dockett's touchdown in a scoring change after the game.

Either way, the defensive score accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

Denver cornerback Parrish Cox didn't start because of an arrest on sexual assault charges earlier this week...Moreno yards rushed 81 yards on 19 carries and caught five passes for 32 yards...The Broncos had won the past seven games between the teams but are now 7-1-1 all time against the Cards...Larry Fitzgerald caught six balls for a game-high 72 yards for the Cardinals. His second catch of the game passed Anquan Boldin for the franchise record of 586 career receptions. Fitzgerald ended the game with 592 career receptions...Denver outgained Arizona 357-288...It's the fourth time since the 1970 merger a kicker has scored a touchdown.

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    Broncos 13, Cardinals 43  FinalJan 3 5:34 PM

  • DENVER: 13
    ARIZONA: 43

    Dec 12 7:55 PM

  • DENVER: 13
    ARIZONA: 43
    End of Regulation

    Dec 12 7:54 PM

  • Jay Feely extra point is good.

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 43  4th - 2:43Dec 12 7:48 PM

  • Arizona Touchdown - Kyle Orton pass intercepted by Daryl Washington at the Denver 40 for 40 yards. Daryl Washington fumble recovered by Darnell Dockett in the end zone.

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 42  4th - 2:43Dec 12 7:48 PM

  • Jay Feely extra point is good.

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 36  4th - 3:09Dec 12 7:41 PM

  • Arizona Touchdown - Tim Hightower up the middle for 35 yards.

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 35  4th - 3:09Dec 12 7:41 PM

  • Steve Hauschka extra point is good.

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 29  4th - 3:31Dec 12 7:36 PM

  • Denver Touchdown - Knowshon Moreno up the middle for 1 yard.

    Broncos 12, Cardinals 29  4th - 3:31Dec 12 7:36 PM

  • Jay Feely extra point is good.

    Broncos 6, Cardinals 29  4th - 6:07Dec 12 7:28 PM

  • Arizona Touchdown - Tim Hightower rushed right for 8 yards.

    Broncos 6, Cardinals 28  4th - 6:07Dec 12 7:27 PM

  • Denver Field Goal - 30-yarder by Steve Hauschka.

    Broncos 6, Cardinals 22  4th - 11:20Dec 12 7:18 PM

  • Arizona Field Goal - 49-yarder by Jay Feely.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 22  4th - 14:55Dec 12 7:00 PM

  • DENVER: 3
    ARIZONA: 19
    End of 3rd

    Dec 12 6:58 PM

  • Arizona Field Goal - 23-yarder by Jay Feely.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 19  3rd - 9:40Dec 12 6:21 PM

  • DENVER: 3
    ARIZONA: 16

    Dec 12 6:00 PM

  • Arizona Field Goal - 55-yarder by Jay Feely.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 16  2nd - 0:02Dec 12 5:58 PM

  • Jay Feely extra point is good.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 13  2nd - 4:02Dec 12 5:41 PM

  • Arizona Touchdown - Jay Feely rushed right for 5 yards.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 12  2nd - 4:02Dec 12 5:41 PM

  • Arizona Field Goal - 48-yarder by Jay Feely.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 6  2nd - 11:50Dec 12 5:14 PM

  • DENVER: 3
    ARIZONA: 3
    End of 1st

    Dec 12 5:01 PM

  • Arizona Field Goal - 36-yarder by Jay Feely.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 3  1st - 4:35Dec 12 4:52 PM

  • Denver Field Goal - 32-yarder by Steve Hauschka.

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 0  1st - 10:36Dec 12 4:25 PM

  • DENVER: 0
    ARIZONA: 0
    1st Quarter - 15:00

    Dec 12 4:15 PM