Final

Buccaneers 20

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Raiders 30

(2-1, 2-0 home)

8:30 PM ET, September 26, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 3 3 0 1420
OAK 3 10 17 030

Ex-Raider Brown catches 100th TD

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kerry Collins is new to the whole Tampa Bay-Oakland rivalry, and maybe that was a good thing.

Collins, the amiable backup quarterback who has repeatedly promised to be ready when needed, replaced injured starter Rich Gannon and calmly directed the Oakland Raiders to an emotional 30-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

"I just tried to keep my emotions in check and tried to lean on my experience. Fortunately, it happened fairly fast, so I didn't have a lot of time to think about it," said Collins, who had a superb preseason. "As the night wore on I felt like I was finding a little bit of a rhythm."

Collins entered late in the first quarter and led four scoring drives, completing 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown. Oakland spoiled the return of former coach Jon Gruden, longtime Raiders receiver Tim Brown and running back Charlie Garner, who was likely lost for the season with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

After Jerry Rice's record receptions streak was snapped last week, Brown owns the longest active run, and he extended it to 176 games on a 7-yard reception with 14:28 left. Brown's 16-yard TD reception with 10:45 left was his 100th career touchdown catch -- and the Bucs' first offensive TD of the season.

Brown passed Hall of Famer Don Hutson for fourth in career touchdown catches. He received a warm ovation from the otherwise hostile Raider Nation.

Brown, who spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Raiders (2-1), was released during training camp when he refused to accept a drastically reduced role.

"The record was the furthest thing from my mind," Brown said. "Obviously, to get 100 in front of the Raider Nation, there's no better place."

There were more handshakes before this one than at a political fund-raiser. Warren Sapp had to love it.

Oakland's loquacious defensive tackle said this game was for bragging rights, and he beat his old team handily.

"Big buildup, great game and the right outcome," Sapp said. "It felt like deja vu at times. ... There's nothing like wanting to go after them."

Sapp, who led his new team onto the field, never played football outside of Florida until agreeing to a seven-year, $36.6 million free agent contract after the Bucs didn't re-sign him.

Tampa Bay (0-3) looks nothing like the team that beat Oakland 48-21 in the 2003 Super Bowl in Gruden's first year as Bucs coach.

Before Brown's touchdown, Martin Gramatica kicked field goals of 36 and 30 yards. He missed a 44-yarder.

Brad Johnson threw for 309 yards, but Phillip Buchanon intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards in the third quarter to make it 23-6. Tyrone Wheatley capped his 102-yard day with a 2-yard score. Wheatley previously broke three tackles for a 60-yard run on Oakland's first play from scrimmage.

Collins connected with Ronald Curry for a 19-yard TD just before halftime -- a play that included a key block by Rice. During the 10-play drive, Collins completed three straight long passes for 44 yards.

Gannon left in the first quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Derrick Brooks. Coach Norv Turner said Gannon hurt his neck, but added, "It doesn't seem to be too serious."

Gannon ran 2 yards during Oakland's first offensive series, and was stopped at the Tampa Bay 5 by Brooks. The 38-year-old Gannon grimaced in pain, but walked off the field on his own, looking groggy.

He was taken to the locker room for examination of his back, then returned to the sideline in the second half.

"I know this, Rich Gannon is a tough guy, and if he's ready to go next week he'll be in there," Collins said. "I'm just glad it wasn't real, real serious. Any time you get hit in the head like that, bad things can happen. I think Rich Gannon will be back before we know it."

Garner was carted off the field with 5:57 left before halftime and didn't return.

Gruden, who coached the Raiders for four seasons, is 0-3 for the first time in his career, and Tampa Bay has lost five straight games dating to last season. The coach dressed in all black for a change, as if making a statement to his old team. He was on the field early saying hello to friends, then was booed when he ran onto the field before the game. He ran right past Raiders owner Al Davis without stopping.

"I don't mean any disrespect. I wasn't greeted very nicely," Gruden said. "I've got a full understanding of Raiders fans and the Black Hole. God bless them. ... It was a great feeling for me. It is one of the more exciting times in my career to go back where I came from."

Sebastian Janikowski kicked three field goals for Oakland. ^Notes:@ The Raiders rushed for 173 yards after getting only 134 total in their first two games. ... Tampa Bay's Bill Schroeder caught four passes for 126 yards, including a 41-yard TD pass late.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERTBOAK
oakTD9:55Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 31 yds, 0:00
622
oak9:55
Drive info: 1 plays, 31 yds, 0:00
623
SECOND QUARTERTBOAK
tbFG9:57Martin Gramatica 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yds, 1:44
66
FOURTH QUARTERTBOAK
tbTD2:00Touchdown(Brad Johnson pass to Ken Dilger for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 4 plays, 93 yds, 1:22
2030
FIRST QUARTERTBOAK
tbFG12:15Martin Gramatica 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 58 yds, 2:37
30
oakFG6:19Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 2:47
33
THIRD QUARTERTBOAK
oakFG11:09Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yds, 3:46
616
oakTD4:10Tyrone Wheatley, 2 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yds, 3:56
629
SECOND QUARTERTBOAK
oakTD1:22Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 3:27
612
THIRD QUARTERTBOAK
oak4:10
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yds, 3:56
630
SECOND QUARTERTBOAK
oak1:22
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 3:27
613
oakFG11:53Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 53 yds, 6:07
36
FOURTH QUARTERTBOAK
tbTD10:52Touchdown
Drive info: 13 plays, 77 yds, 7:43
1230