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31 - 10 Final
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Raiders end scoring drought, surprise Broncos

Nov 24, 2008 - 2:30 AM By Brady Delander PA SportsTicker Staff Writer

DENVER (Ticker) - When the Oakland Raiders' offensive touchdown drought finally ended after 15 quarters, a sense of relief and purpose washed over the team.

Darren McFadden punched in a 1-yard run for Oakland's first offensive touchdown since October 26 - just one of many Raiders' highlights in a 31-10 victory over the listless Denver Broncos on Sunday.

JaMarcus Russell played one of the best games of his young career, completing 10-of-11 passes for 152 yards, and Ashley Lelie took advantage of his former team with four receptions for 92 yards and a score.

"It was huge," Raiders interim coach Tom Cable said of McFadden's touchdown, the first of his two 1-yard scoring runs.

"You could even feel it on the sidelines. It was something that we've been thirsting for. From there, it seemed like the opportunities came after that. We became more confident and it seemed like the weight of the world was lifted off our shoulders."

Oakland's Johnnie Lee Higgins returned a punt for a touchdown for the second week in a row.

"It was very exciting, man," Higgins said. "But it wasn't just me. They did a great job blocking, avoiding clips and they gave me a whole lane to run in."

Oakland unveiled some tricks on offense - including direct snaps to the running back, a halfback pass and an end-around - to frustrate the Broncos' defense.

Justin Fargas racked up 107 yards on 24 carries, helping the Raiders (3-8) snap a four-game losing streak.

The Broncos (6-5) benefited from some Oakland miscues, but Denver made too many of its own mistakes and couldn't build any momentum.

Denver was stung by a fumble five yards from the end zone, a key interception and two missed field goals.

"A couple of missed field goals and a punt return does not help your team win," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "In the first half, I thought we obviously missed some opportunities. They only had about 120 yards of total offense in that first half but still made a couple plays."

Higgins' 89-yard punt return helped Oakland to a 10-3 lead at the half, but the Broncos looked ready to rally in the second half.

Denver tied it, 10-10, on rookie Peyton Hillis' 6-yard TD run on 4th-and-1. The TD capped a drive in which the Broncos took the second-half kickoff and marched 85 yards on 13 plays.

However, Denver's defense collapsed as the usually punchless Raiders erupted for 21 unanswered points in an 11-minute span to win going away.

Russell found Lelie for a 51-yard gain on Oakland's first play after Denver's touchdown. McFadden then punched the ball over the line from a yard out to start Oakland rolling.

"We hit that play numerous times in practice," said Russell, who completed his first nine passes. "(Lelie) played really, really well for us today. I think it was big time for him to come up with a big game like that against his old team."

The hometown crowd responded to Lelie's big plays with a chorus of boos. But it turned out to be music to the receiver's ears.

"It sounded like cheers to me," Lelie said. "I've been waiting for this moment ever since I left here, and it made it better to do it with the Raiders."

Russell tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Lelie 48 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 24-10 before McFadden added his second score 4 1/2 minutes later.

Oakland's three offensive touchdowns were two more than they scored in any of their previous six games under Cable.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NFL
    OAKLAND 31
    DENVER 10 FINAL

    Nov 23 7:10 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    DARREN MCFADDEN 1 YD RUN
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    OAKLAND 31
    DENVER 10 9:42 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Raiders 31, Broncos 10  4th - 9:42Nov 23 6:45 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    ASHLEY LELIE 4 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    OAKLAND 24
    DENVER 10 14:08 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Raiders 24, Broncos 10  4th - 14:08Nov 23 6:31 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OAKLAND 0 10 7 17
    DENVER 0 3 7 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: OAK - FG, SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 26 YD, 6:59.
    Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards in 4:43.
    Key plays: Russell 15-yard pass to
    Lelie to Denver 47; McFadden
    11-yard run to Denver 3

    Nov 23 6:26 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    DARREN MCFADDEN 1 YD RUN
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    OAKLAND 17
    DENVER 10 5:26 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Raiders 17, Broncos 10  3rd - 5:26Nov 23 6:10 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    PEYTON HILLIS 6 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    OAKLAND 10
    DENVER 10 9:18 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Raiders 10, Broncos 10  3rd - 9:18Nov 23 6:00 PM


  • NFL
    MISSED FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 43 YD ATTEMPT WIDE LEFT
    OAKLAND 10
    DENVER 3 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Nov 23 5:33 PM
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    Raiders 10, Broncos 3  HalfNov 23 5:33 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 89 YD PUNT RETURN
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    OAKLAND 10
    DENVER 3 1:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Raiders 10, Broncos 3  2nd - 1:06Nov 23 5:25 PM


  • NFL
    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 44 YD
    OAKLAND 3
    DENVER 3 2:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Raiders 3, Broncos 3  2nd - 2:58Nov 23 5:09 PM


  • NFL
    FG OAK
    SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 26 YD
    OAKLAND 3
    DENVER 0 8:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Raiders 3, Broncos 0  2nd - 8:01Nov 23 4:55 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OAKLAND 0 0
    DENVER 0 0 END, 1ST QTR

    Nov 23 4:30 PM
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    Raiders vs. BroncosOct 11 2:48 AM