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Buffalo 20, Baltimore 19

8/10/2003

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Here's a twist: The Buffalo Bills talking
excitedly about defense and special teams in the wake of a narrow
victory.

Antonio Brown returned a punt 87 yards for the decisive
touchdown with 3:19 left, and Nate Clements intercepted Chris
Redman's pass to set up a score in a 20-19 preseason victory
Saturday night.

"We came out and did some key things we wanted to do --
three-and-outs and turnovers," Clements said.

The Bills ranked 27th in points allowed last year and were dead
last in takeaways, two big reasons why they went 8-8 and missed the
playoffs despite averaging 24 points per game.

Newcomer Takeo Spikes had three tackles for a retooled defense
that forced three turnovers and limited the Ravens to one touchdown
through the first three quarters.

"They did a good job of getting turnovers, making stops,"
Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said.

Brown, a rookie wide receiver, blew past the Ravens' punt return
coverage and cruised down the left sideline to make it 20-13.

"It was nice to see Brown take the punt and make a big play,"
Williams said. "On our special teams, we've been lacking that for
a while. That was fun to see."

Ravens first-round pick Kyle Boller responded with a 26-yard
touchdown throw to Randy Hymes with 23 seconds left, but the
two-point conversion pass failed.

Redman, Boller and veteran Anthony Wright all struggled in their
quest to make an impression on Baltimore coach Brian Billick, who
has declared the duel for the starting quarterback job to be an
open competition.

Redman played the first quarter, guiding the Ravens to one
touchdown and four first downs in four possessions. He went 5-for-8
for 55 yards and one interception -- an excellent play by Clements,
who stripped the ball from Marcus Robinson at the Baltimore 14.

"The interception was not Chris' fault. I thought he was fairly
efficient," Billick said at halftime.

Redman was replaced by Wright, who went 7-for-11 for 75 yards
and one interception.

Boller played the entire second half, completing 10 of 21 passes
for 124 yards in his professional debut.

"The speed of the game is incredible," Boller said. "You have
a million things that you're thinking about. Toward the end I got a
little more comfortable out there."

Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe went 4-for-8 for 27 yards
before leaving early in the second quarter. Half his completions
went to Eric Moulds.

"Well, I felt like we were sloppy," Bledsoe said.
"Thankfully, our defense stepped up, turned the ball over for us
and gave us a chance to score on the short field."

The Bills didn't make a first down until late in the first
quarter, but tied it at 7 when Olandis Gary scored from the 1 after
Clements' interception.

Rian Lindell's field goal from 34 yards put Buffalo up 10-7 with
5:11 left in the second quarter.

Bills backup Travis Brown went 9-for-21 and directed a 65-yard
drive that led to a 25-yard field goal by Lindell for a 13-7 lead
with 2:55 left in the third quarter.

Baltimore tied it with 7:52 remaining on a 1-yard run by Dameon
Hunter. The play came after a partially blocked punt and a
deflected completion from Boller to Ron Johnson for 21 yards to the
3.

Backup kicker Dan Nystrom missed the conversion.

Ravens wide receiver Frank Sanders dislocated two toes on his
right foot on the game's fifth play and did not return, but the
injury was not serious.

Baltimore tight end Trent Smith broke his leg after being
tackled on a 39-yard completion from Boller.