Raiders 34

(3-4, 1-2 away)

Titans 25

(2-6, 1-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 30, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
OAK 17 7 3 734
TEN 0 22 0 325

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (OAK) - 238 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Brown (TEN) - 19 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Porter (OAK) - 6 REC, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Collins throws three TDs to beat mistake-prone Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- For a change, the yellow flag fell in favor of the oft-penalized Oakland Raiders.

It was over when ...
A penalty wiped out an 82-yard punt return for a TD, which would have been the go-ahead score for Tennessee. The Titans weren't able to recover.
Game ball goes to ...
The Raiders' defense, for getting six sacks and forcing two turnovers that were converted into 10 points.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen The Raiders seem to have found their offensive balance. In the beginning of the season, I think they were so enamored with Randy Moss and his ability to score at any time that they ignored RB Lamont Jordan. Now they have an opportunity to be balanced and also become an explosive offensive team. Jordan is a multi-purpose threat who gives the Raiders yet another offensive option.
-- Eric Allen

A personal foul call wiped out Tennessee's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown and Warren Sapp sacked Steve McNair three plays later, forcing a fumble that Jarrod Cooper recovered in the end zone, lifting the Raiders to a 34-25 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

McNair criticized the penalty, which wiped out a TD that would've given Tennessee the lead.

Not the Raiders, who came into this game tied for the league lead in penalties with 65.

"Call it lucky, call it fortunate, call it what you will," Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins said. "We've had a bunch of them go against us. We were able to handle those kinds of things, and I think that was a big key to winning the game."

Collins threw for three touchdowns for the Raiders (3-4), who won for the third time in their last four games. The defense came up with six sacks, including 2½ by Sapp, and two turnovers they converted into 10 points.

They also won their first road game this season, and they did it with their first victory in Tennessee against a team that had won the first three in this series.

The Titans (2-6) again blew a game they had a chance to win with the league's youngest team making repeated mistakes.

They outdid the Raiders by racking up nine penalties for 79 yards. They had a punt return for a TD wiped out by a roughness penalty, dropped passes, a botched extra point and a rookie who never looked for a ball thrown his way: A wide-open Bo Scaife was too busy running upfield and apparently forgot the ball might be thrown to him.

"Their best effort right now is not good enough for us not only to win but, more specifically, to overcome our own mistakes," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "Until we do that, we are going to be in this situation."

Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was more succinct.

"We shot ourselves in the foot? It's more like we shot ourselves in the face. We're killing ourselves," he said.

Typical of the Titans' problems was the sequence in the second quarter.

Trailing 17-12, Pacman Jones returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown that would have given Tennessee its first lead. But officials flagged Titans safety Tank Williams for unnecessary roughness for blocking someone out of bounds at the line of scrimmage, wiping out the touchdown. Williams said later it wasn't him.

Sapp sacked McNair, knocking the ball into the end zone where safety Cooper recovered for the TD and a 24-12 lead with 5:47 to go in the second.

"That kind of stuff usually happens to us," Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. "To have it happen to them was nice to see. ... It was huge for us."

Oakland coach Norv Turner called the penalty a relief. Fisher declined to comment until he reviews the play on film, but he said his assistants told him it should not have been called.

McNair didn't hold himself back.

"You look for great things to happen," McNair said. "It doesn't happen often, but when it happens, you get excited about it. Then it's brought back for a penalty that shouldn't have been called."

Oakland clinched the victory when Collins tossed a short pass to Jerry Porter on the left sideline. Jones tried to shove Porter out of bounds with an arm, only to see Porter keep his feet and finish off a 44-yard TD with 4:37 left for a 34-25 lead.

LaMont Jordan had 20 carries for 67 yards and caught five passes for 69 more. Randy Moss, used more as decoy, had three catches for 26 yards.

Collins was 17-of-29 for 238 yards and had only his second interception of the season. Reynaldo Hill returned that pick 52 yards for a TD, but that only pulled the Titans within 24-22 just before halftime.

Tennessee held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Oakland 326-324 on offense.

The Titans had a chance to take the lead at the end of an 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter. But McNair was stopped short of a first down after scrambling to the Oakland 6, and they settled for a 24-yard field goal by Rob Bironas that pulled them within 27-25 with 7:48 left.

That was as close as they would get.

Game notes

The Raiders had been only 2-16 on the road over the past two seasons. They scored the first 17 points of the game. ... Oakland defensive end Bobby Hamilton hurt his left ankle but returned. ... The loss ruined Chris Brown's best day this season. The Titans running back rushed 19 times for a season-high 97 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1719
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5471
Total Yards324326
Yards per play6.04.6
Total Drives1311
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

oakTD12:11Jerry Porter, 26 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:44
oakFG6:27Sebastian Janikowski 14 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 58 yds, 4:04
oakTD0:43LaMont Jordan, 18 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yds, 4:05
tenTD10:19Courtney Roby, 19 yd pass from Steve McNair
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 9:44
tenTD8:07Chris Brown, 38 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 34 yds, 0:29
oakTD5:55Jarrod Cooper, fumble recovery (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:51
tenFG0:55Rob Bironas 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 41 yds, 4:45
tenTD0:22Reynaldo Hill, 52 yd interception return (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 52 yds, 0:22
oakFG1:33Sebastian Janikowski 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 3:56
tenFG7:51Rob Bironas 16 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 84 yds, 6:22
oakTD4:46Jerry Porter, 44 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, 2:56