- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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Terrelle Pryor is the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback going forward, beginning with this weekend's home opener against Jacksonville, coach Dennis Allen announced after his team's 21-17 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday and affirmed Monday in his weekly media conference.
No cloak and dagger games this week for Allen, who purposely did not publicly name his starter in the days leading up to the season opener. It was not official that Pryor would be under center Sunday until he took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Allen claimed he did not want to give the Colts a head's up -- Pryor or Matt Flynn -- for "competitive reasons," but Indianapolis players said they prepared for Pryor.
Even if they had, the Colts had a hard time containing him.
Pryor rushed for 112 yards -- the most ever by a Raiders quarterback -- and passed for 217 yards, becoming the seventh quarterback to throw for at least 200 yards and run for at least 100 in a regular-season game, along with Michael Vick (who's accomplished it twice), Randall Cunningham, Cam Newton, Aaron Brooks, Steve Young and Donovan McNabb.
"I thought Terrelle earned the job in the preseason," Allen said Sunday. "I thought he did some really good things in the game tonight and there's still a lot of growing that we've got to continue with Terrelle, but I was pleased with the way he came out and, listen, we moved the football down the field and that's what you're looking for."
Pryor also became the third QB in the Super Bowl era to lose despite throwing for 200 yards and running for 100.
So Pryor, who led the NFL in rushing heading into Monday night's games, was not tooting his horn after throwing two red-zone interceptions -- one in the end zone and the other at the Colts' 6-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play -- and taking a costly 16-yard sack on the Raiders' final possession.
"I'm just very angry at myself about the interceptions," Pryor said. "I'm very eager to get back to work [Monday] and be in there early and get better."
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