Final

Ravens 14

(3-3, 1-3 away)

Browns 24

(4-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2001

 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 0 6 0 814
CLE 7 3 14 024

Browns fans finally get shot at Modell

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Until they win the Super Bowl, this was as good as it can get for the Cleveland Browns and their fans.

Tim Couch

Browns QB Tim Couch passed for 149 yards, but his two TD passes in the third quarter doomed the Ravens.

Beating Baltimore never will feel quite the same.

Six years after Art Modell moved his team, Cleveland finally thumbed its nose at Baltimore's owner as the Browns topped the Super Bowl champion Ravens 24-14 Sunday.

"This was huge," quarterback Tim Couch said. "It feels so good to get this win for the fans of Cleveland who have seen their team leave town, and then go win the Super Bowl. This was for them."

Couch threw two quick touchdown passes in the third quarter as the Browns (4-2) beat Baltimore for the first time since returning to the league in 1999.

What's wrong with the Ravens?
They still have a hangover from the Green Bay game.

The Ravens were sleepwalking today, and Cleveland just took it to them. Give the Browns credit for their defense -- they went after Ravens QB Elvis Grbac, pressured him into turnovers and set their offense up with a short field. When your defense does that, it makes things much easier for the offense.

For the Ravens, this looked like a replay of their earlier loss to Cincinnati.

ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

The Browns have been saying all season that they're a different team under first-year coach Butch Davis, and now there's no doubt they are.

"We've got confidence, and we believe," safety Percy Ellsworth said. "If you beat Baltimore, who should you be scared of?"

Cleveland's defense forced three turnovers, had seven sacks and dominated the reeling Ravens (3-3), who are a shell of the team whose defense dominated the NFL last season.

Matt Stover set an NFL record by making a field goal for the 32nd straight game but that was the lone bright spot for Baltimore, whose ferocious defense has given up 55 points in two weeks.

"We're 3-3 and if we don't take it seriously, we can be 8-8," said safety Rod Woodson. "We've got to pick it up -- now."

The Browns were outscored 116-26 while going 0-4 since '99 against the Ravens and Modell, who broke Cleveland's collective heart when he moved his franchise following the 1995 season.

And although Modell didn't come to Cleveland to flaunt his Super Bowl ring, that didn't stop Browns fans from enjoying their first on-field success against the former owner.

"I want to beat everybody's team," Browns owner Al Lerner said. "We beat the Super Bowl champions -- it just so happens that it's Baltimore. I love it."

Browns fans were more excited. Most of the crowd of 72,828 stayed through a driving rain in the fourth quarter to soak in every second and jeer the Ravens off the field.

A few feet away, Davis pumped his fist as he sprinted to Cleveland's locker room.

Couch was 11-of-18 for 149 yards and rookie James Jackson rushed for 77 yards and one TD for the Browns, whose biggest win in three years will be followed by an off week.

Couch threw a 29-yard TD pass to Kevin Johnson, and a 36-yarder to rookie Quincy Morgan in a span of 1 minute, 54 seconds in the third quarter as the Browns opened a 24-6 lead.

Clearly, the Browns are a much different team under Davis than the one which went 5-27 in two seasons.

"Butch is doing a great job," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "They have a certain attitude. The fans are pumped up. They are obviously a better team. They earned it."

The Ravens, meanwhile, are in big trouble.

They lost quarterback Elvis Grbac in the third quarter with a chest injury, and running back Terry Allen left following the first series with a pulled calf muscle and never returned. Grbac was replaced by Randall Cunningham, who was sacked four times.

After Couch's second TD pass, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis gathered his defense and screamed at his teammates.

Billick didn't publicly blast his players.

"It serves no purpose for me to go off," he said. "It's frustrating. I'm angry. But I have to keep my focus."

Cleveland led 10-6 early in the second half when Baltimore was forced to punt. On the kick, Ravens cornerback James Trapp drilled Browns returner Dennis Northcutt, who said he didn't know what hit him.

Seeing Northcutt get laid out seemed to fire up the Browns, who picked up a first down on fourth-and-2 during an 80-yard drive capped by Couch hooking up with Johnson, who pushed off against cornerback Duane Starks before catching the TD.

On Baltimore's next possession, Grbac fumbled while by being sacked by Jamir Miller. Cleveland's Greg Spires recovered.

Couch didn't waste any time, hitting Morgan at the goal line on a ball that Starks probably should have knocked away to give the Browns a 24-6 lead.

"We were going after their throats right there," Couch said.

Game notes
Browns G Ross Verba suffered a concussion in the first half and didn't return. ... Stover was tied with Minnesota's Fred Cox (1968-70) with 31 straight games making a FG. ... The Browns have 13 interceptions this season. They had 11 last year and 8 in '99. ... Grbac passed for 142 yards before leaving to top 15,000 for his career.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERBALCLE
cleTD7:06Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 64 yds, 0:00
623
cle7:06
Drive info: 1 plays, 64 yds, 0:00
624
SECOND QUARTERBALCLE
cleFG1:53Phil Dawson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 0:35
310
FOURTH QUARTERBALCLE
balTD7:25Touchdown(Randall Cunningham pass to Qadry Ismail for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 3 plays, 37 yds, 0:05
1424
FIRST QUARTERBALCLE
cleTD11:44James Jackson, 11 yd run
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 3:41
06
cle11:27
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 3:41
07
SECOND QUARTERBALCLE
balFG0:09Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 2:10
610
THIRD QUARTERBALCLE
cleTD7:31Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:04
616
SECOND QUARTERBALCLE
balFG5:30Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 67 yds, 7:32
37
THIRD QUARTERBALCLE
cle7:31
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:04
617