Pryor tried to downplay the hype publicly, but having grown up in Jeannette, Pa., about 40 minutes away from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, privately he was a ball of nerves heading into the Raiders’ home game against his favorite childhood team.
It took all of 19 seconds for Pryor to get settled.
With the Raiders at their own 7-yard line to start the game, Pryor was lined up about four yards deep. He took the direct snap from Stefen Wisniewski and ran a read-option with Darren McFadden coming from the right.
Pryor saw linebacker LaMarr Woodley bite hard on the fake to McFadden and pulled the ball out and took off to the right. A key block from receiver Rod Streater on strong safety Troy Polamalu sprung Pryor and he showed off his shocking free-wheeling speed in the open field as he effortlessly blew by everyone.
No Steelers defender came close and Pryor had an NFL record-for-a-quarterback 93-yard touchdown run. It also set a Raiders record for longest run in franchise history, eclipsing Bo Jackson’s 92-yarder against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 5, 1989.
With 14:41 showing on the game clock, it was the quickest score of the season for the Raiders.
Pryor, no doubt, was riding high as the Raiders built a 21-3 lead en route to the 21-18 victory and the Raiders improved to 3-4 and were a few plays away, against Indianapolis and Washington, from being 5-2. Against the Steelers, Pryor rushed for a game-high 106 yards, on nine carries, but in an ominous portent of things to come, he struggled passing the ball. Pryor completed just 10 of 19 passes for 88 yards and was intercepted twice and had a career-low passer rating of 25.7.
The luster was about to come off Pryor and the Raiders after their relatively positive start to the season.