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Green's 145 yards, TD pace Browns

10/13/2003

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns can always count on kicker
Phil Dawson's right leg.

On Sunday, they needed his left one, too.

Question on the Raiders: At what point do the Raiders give Tuiasosopo a chance?
I'm not sure if the Raiders should give Tuiasosopo a chance. For the Raiders to break out of their offensive doldrums, they need to change their game plan and start going downfield more often. Because Tuiasosopo is a carbon copy of Rich Gannon, he'll have the same problems throwing the deep ball that Gannon does now.

Question on the Browns: How long will Couch hold on to his job?
Couch had a shaky day with only 127 yards passing but he was still able to come away with a win in Cleveland. That's important because over the years, he's had issues dealing with the Cleveland crowd. Because Couch has helped engineer two consecutive victories, next week's starter maybe determined by who has the best week in practice.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Dawson scampered 14 yards on a fake field goal to set up William
Green's go-ahead touchdown run in a rare and ugly home win for the
Browns, 13-7 over the penalty-prone Oakland Raiders.

"Dawson looked like that guy Forrest Gump," said Browns
defensive end Kenard Lang. "I was gonna yell, 'Run, Forrest, run.'
He didn't look all that pretty running, but the result was
beautiful, man."

Not only did his run -- if you want to call it that -- catch the
Raiders completely off guard, it even surprised Dawson, who isn't
looking forward to his next one.

"I tried to change directions, but my belly was carrying me out
of bounds," Dawson said. "But if you're wearing a helmet, and
they tell you to run, you run."

Green ran right through Raider AbomiNation, picking up 145 yards
as the Browns (3-3) won for the first time in three tries at home
this season.

Cleveland is just 10-25 in front of its own fans since the
Browns' NFL rebirth in 1999.

As the final seconds ticked off, a few of Cleveland's players
sprinted to the Dawg Pound for one of their few postgame
celebrations over the past five years.

"Had to," tackle Barry Stokes said. "The fans today were
amazing. They were loud. They showed up."

The Raiders (2-4) didn't. At least not the same ones that made
it to the Super Bowl last season. The Silver and Black were tinged
with plenty of yellow.

Oakland committed an NFL season-high 19 penalties -- five on
consecutive plays in the third quarter -- and looked nothing like
defending AFC champions.

"We are not a smart football team," quarterback Rich Gannon
said. "That is well documented. We talk about penalties every
week, it's a lack of discipline and it's inexcusable."

Oakland's 19 penalties were just one shy of their team record
set in 1996 and three short of the league mark.

During one comical stretch, the Raiders lost 29 yards without
running an official play. Following a false start, tackle Langston
Walker was called for holding and then tripping. After another
false start, Gannon crossed the line of scrimmage on a pass.

"We kept getting backed up, backed up, backed up," Walker
said. "The moons must be aligned perfectly, or something."

Yet despite their abundance of sloppiness, the Raiders still had
a chance to win in the final minute, driving to Cleveland's 24 with
33 seconds left.

However, Gannon's 2-yard pass to Jerry Rice on fourth-and-1 was
ruled out of bounds with 23 seconds left.

The play was reviewed, but the call stood when referee Johnny
Grier couldn't find sufficient replay evidence to overturn it.

"We were trying to get a shot down the line to tell us if the
knee was in or out," Grier said. "I was looking for something to
show me that, and I didn't have it."

Dawson kicked field goals of 52 and 31 yards, but his biggest
play came while lining up for a 36-yarder late in the third
quarter.

While watching film this week, the Browns noticed that the
Raiders overloaded one side. So after taking the snap, holder Chris
Gardocki pitched it to Dawson, who lumbered his way to a first down
at the 5.

"I was just praying they were going to rush and try to block
the kick," Dawson said. "Because if not, I wasn't going to put on
any moves or outrun them."

Green then blasted through for his first TD to give the Browns a
10-7 lead.

Cleveland got the ball back with 7:54 remaining and ran Green
down Oakland's throat. He picked up 56 yards as the Browns ran the
ball nine straight times, setting up Dawson's kick that made it
13-7 with 2{ minutes left.

Green rushed for 115 yards in last week's win over Pittsburgh,
and is the first Cleveland back to have consecutive 100-yard games
since Kevin Mack in 1986.

"This one feels special," said Green, whose fumble in the
first quarter set up Oakland's TD. "We kept pounding the ball and
that's fun. The best thing is that we're improving and can get even
better."

Game notes
Raiders G Frank Middleton injured his right quadriceps in
the first quarter and did not return. ... Rice extended his NFL
record by catching a pass in his 262nd straight game. ... Oakland's
19 penalties were the most ever against the Browns. ... Browns DE
Courtney Brown had another strong game, recording a sack, causing a
fumble and deflecting a pass.