- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The theme of Oakland’s 38-13 loss at Tennessee developed very quickly. How fast?
The opening kickoff.
It became immediately apparent this was not going to be Oakland’s day. After Tennessee won the coin toss and deferred until the second half, Oakland return man Yamon Figurs took the opening kickoff in the end zone and started running. He was smashed at the Oakland 19-yard line and the ball popped out.
There was a long, spirited scrum, and Oakland eventually was awarded possession. But it was a bad sign of things to come.
The Raiders then went three-and-out with an incomplete pass by quarterback Jason Campbell, a delay of game penalty on Campbell, a 2-yard run by Darren McFadden and a 5-yard pass from Campbell to tight Brandon Myers on third-and-13. Oakland was clearly flat and out of sorts at the start of the game.
It never got better, and any intrigue in this game quickly went out the door. We knew right away Oakland was in for a long day, and they ended up trailing 24-6 at halftime.