KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In the final minutes of this preseason
game, rookie quarterback Luke McCown showed accuracy, arm strength
and grace under fire.
McCown, already penciled in as Cleveland's third-team
quarterback, connected with rookie Richard Alston for a 34-yard TD
pass with no time left Saturday night, lifting the Browns past
Kansas City 21-19.
McCown, a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, engineered an
eight-play, 80-yard drive in the final 1 minute, 39 seconds. He
also hit C.J. Jones for 37 yards in the drive and found Darnell
Sanders for a 7-yard scoring pass with 3:40 left to pull the Browns
"When I can go out and have fun, make the right reads, make
quick decisions and give us a chance to win, that's all that
matters," said McCown, who was 8-for-15 for 109 yards.
Losing wide receiver Marc Boerigter pained the Chiefs more than
losing the game. Boerigter was helped off the field with a knee
injury in the first half, further crippling a wide receiver corps
already weakened by an Achilles tendon injury to Johnnie Morton.
The Chiefs said Boerigter would be examined Sunday.
"I heard it's not good," said wide receiver Dante Hall. "The
guy's worked so hard. You just hate to see that happen to anyone."
Morton's return remains murky. The other starting wide receiver,
Eddie Kennison, has been hampered by an arm injury.
"If (Boerigter) is out for a while it's a blow," said Chiefs
tight end Tony Gonzalez. "It's a significant blow in my opinion.
But at the same time we do have a lot of guys around here who can
Much of the night belonged to rookies and reserves. Todd
Collins, the Chiefs' backup to Trent Green, hit 12 of 14 passes for
145 yards and two touchdowns, putting the Chiefs (1-2) on top 19-7
before McCown got cranked up.
Kansas City's second team offense had come to the top after the
starters failed for the first time in three exhibition games to
score a TD.
Collins found rookie wide receiver Richard Smith on a 21-yard
strike to fuel a nine-play, 64-yard march on his first possession,
capped by a 9-yard scoring pass to Derrick Blaylock.
Four plays later, Collins found fullback Omar Easy wide open in
the corner for a 4-yard TD strike that made it 19-7 with 54 seconds
to go in the third period.
In their summer-long battle to be Cleveland's starting running
back, William Green had 53 yards on just three carries and Lee
Suggs had 31 on four.
The Cleveland offense, which has emphasized the run throughout
the preseason, rushed for 90 yards in the first half. In the first
team's only touchdown drive, Green broke loose for 42 yards to the
Kansas City 23.
Then following a 5-yard penalty, Suggs got an outstanding
downfield block from wide receiver Quincy Morgan and went 28 yards
for the TD.
"These two guys are great kids and they're busting their tails
to be the best players they can be," said Cleveland coach Butch
In three exhibition games for the Browns (2-1), Green has 100
yards and Suggs 118.
"It's a dynamic duo for us and it's one of the real strong
parts of our football team," Davis said. "I'm really proud of
them and the way they are handling the running back competition. I
thought it was a really good, solid first half."
Chiefs starter Trent Green was 12-of-22 for 167 yards, including
a 37-yard strike over the middle to Gonzalez. But the offense that
led the NFL in scoring each of the past two years and scored TDs on
four of six possessions in the first two exhibition games could not
dent the Cleveland defense.
"Too many dropped passes and too many penalties," said coach
Dick Vermeil. "We stopped ourselves that way."
Lawrence Tynes, in a close battle with longtime NFL star Morten
Andersen, was 2-for-3 on field goals.
Cleveland starter Jeff Garcia was 4-for-8 for 37 yards, but the
Browns' first-team offense was penalized five times.
Browns TE Steve Heiden sustained a sprained knee a short
time after Boerigter was hurt. The Browns were not sure how long he
would be out. ... Punter Derrick Frost averaged 40.3 yards on seven
kicks for the Browns, including one that came to rest inside the
20. He also had good hang time.
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