Sunday, October 18, 2009
Roethlisberger, Steelers warming up
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Pittsburgh -- The Steelers are the first to get on the board, 7-0, with an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to tight end Heath Miller.
Big plays by Miller and receiver Santonio Holmes capped a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive. The Steelers struggled to move the football prior to that sequence.
The score marked the 25th career touchdown reception, which is second all-time in Pittsburgh for tight ends. He moved ahead of former Steelers tight end Eric Green, who had 24 career touchdowns.
(Update: Roethlisberger connects with Hines Ward for a 52-yard touchdown pass to give the Steelers a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter. Then Joshua Cribbs answers with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 14-7.)