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Frye records first NFL win as Browns sneak past Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The ball popped loose, the officials
huddled and the referee signaled that Oakland had possession.

Just when it seemed as if the game was over, a replay review
overturned Reuben Droughns' fumble to give Charlie Frye his first
NFL win and deal the Raiders another devastating loss.

Phil Dawson's 37-yard field goal two plays after the replay
helped the Cleveland Browns snap a three-game losing streak with a
9-7 victory Sunday.

"The encouraging thing is we fought and made the play at the
end of the game to win," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "We
haven't made this play at other times this year. We made some
progress, and hopefully we can build on that through the last two
games and into the next year."

Frye, a third-round pick out of Akron, is giving the Browns
(5-9) hope he can be the quarterback to lead them, calmly
engineering the last-minute drive to win it. It didn't come without
some tense moments.

After Droughns lost the ball at the Oakland 19 with less than a
minute left, the Raiders (4-10) ran off the field thinking they had
won. But after looking at the replay, referee Mike Carey ruled
Droughns was down before the ball came loose.

"It was tense," Droughns said. "Even though I knew I was
down, they might not have been able to see I was down because there
were so many people around me."

The Raiders, predictably, had a different view, saying the ball
came loose before Droughns was down and adding that there wasn't
enough video evidence to overturn the call on the field.

"Every time the Raiders have an opportunity to change the whole
situation around, it goes against us," linebacker Danny Clark
said. "It was a huge play for us to get the ball turned over to
our offense and essentially win the football game. For it to get
overturned, it was one of biggest disappointments of the year."

After Cleveland got the reprieve, Frye took a knee to let the
clock run down to 5 seconds. Holder Kyle Richardson then deftly
handled a low snap and Dawson kicked his third field goal of the
game to win it.

"I told them get it inside the 40 and we could give it a
ride," Dawson said. "The offense did a great job of getting it
down."

Frye went 4-for-5 for 32 yards on the drive that started after
Alvin McKinley blocked Sebastian Janikowski's 46-yard field goal
attempt with 3:15 to play. The drive was aided by a personal foul
facemask penalty against Derrick Burgess after he sacked Frye on
third-and-3.

"He's awesome," right tackle Ryan Tucker said of Frye. "I'm
really excited about this guy. He's got a great presence, controls
the huddle. He takes some shots, but bounces right back."

Frye's comeback spoiled Kerry Collins' return as Oakland's
starting quarterback. Benched after throwing seven interceptions in
a four-game span, Collins was given the job back after Marques
Tuiasosopo turned the ball over four times in last week's 26-10
loss to the New York Jets.

Collins struggled in the rain, going 14-for-30 for 132 yards and
an interception as Oakland lost its fourth straight. He threw a
28-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss late in the first half for
Oakland's only score.

"There were a couple of throws I missed today that I just can't
miss," Collins said. "It's frustrating."

Frye wasn't much better but made key plays when he needed to
down the stretch of his third career start. He finished 21-for-32
for 198 yards and an interception.

"The conditions were pretty bad. Balls were slick, so that was
something we had to deal with," Frye said. "Each week something
different comes up, but we're fighting through all of that as a
team. That's why this was a team win."

Collins got some cheers when he led an 89-yard drive late in the
first half that ended with the perfect pass to Moss in between
three defenders. Collins completed five straight passes and also
converted on a fourth-and-1 sneak on the drive.

The Browns answered after Joshua Cribbs returned the ensuing
kick 46 yards to the Cleveland 49. Frye completed three passes to
move the ball to the Oakland 27, leading to a 44-yard field goal by
Dawson on the final play of the half to make it 7-3.

Dawson added a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter to make
it 7-6.

Game notes
Oakland's LaMont Jordan ran for 132 yards to give him 1,025
yards on the season. ... Dawson has made 20 straight field goals on
the road. ... Browns C Jeff Faine probably will miss the rest of
the season after injuring a muscle in his right arm in the first
half. ... The paid attendance was 41,862, although many fans with
tickets chose to stay away in the rain.