Final

Dolphins 0

(3-7, 1-4 away)

Browns 22

(4-6, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 0 0 00
CLE 9 3 10 022

Top Performers

Passing: T. Dilfer (CLE) - 137 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Droughns (CLE) - 30 CAR, 166 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 6 REC, 90 YDS

Defense shuts down Miami as Cleveland wins big

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Official distance: 75 yards. Official time: 18 seconds. Reuben Droughns, though, will remember the best run of his NFL career as going on forever.

It was over when ...
Trent Dilfer hit Terrelle Smith for a 6-yard touchdown with 5½ minutes left in the third quarter. With the score 19-0 in favor of the Browns, it seemed unlikely that a Miami offense that completed 9-of-28 passes on the day could come back.
Game ball goes to ...
The Cleveland defense. While Reuben Droughns had a great game on the ground, the story of the day was the Browns' D. They held Miami to 55 passing yards, and the Dolphins converted on just 2-of-12 third downs.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Reuben Droughns had 30 carries for 166 yards and he is the main man in Cleveland. He's extremely important to the success of this team because he allows the quarterback time to make throws to a talented receiving corps that features first round pick Braylon Edwards. There is no way the Dolphins in Week 11 of the season should ever come up this small. They have serious quarterback problems. I think they have to take steps forward and having zeroes all over the scoreboard isn't the way to do that. They should be playing their best football.
-- Eric Allen

Showing elusiveness, power and savvy, Droughns scored on a 75-yard run on Cleveland's first play and finished with 166 yards as the Browns put together their most complete game this season, a 22-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins.

On the Browns' first snap, Droughns started right, spun left and darted for daylight. Picking up a few blocks, he ran as fast as he could for 50 yards and slowed near the sideline. He then zigged right, zagged left and jogged into the end zone, giving the Browns a quick lead.

"I was dying," Droughns said. "I felt like I ran 250 yards."

From his vantage point behind the line, Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer watched with admiration as Droughns' No. 34 jersey shrunk in the distance.

"What a way to start the game," Dilfer said. "Our scheme got us seven yards, and effort got us the other 68."

Frustrated at their inability to make big plays, the Browns (4-6) made more than a handful on both sides of the ball while getting their second shutout in 107 games since returning to the NFL in 1999.

Cleveland's defense held Miami to 55 yards passing and forced Dolphins coach Nick Saban to use an injured Gus Frerotte.

"We got our butts kicked, simple as that," said Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor. "We got pushed around."

Dilfer finished 11-of-18 for 137 yards and threw a 6-yard TD pass to fullback Terrelle Smith as the Browns ended a six-game losing streak against Miami.

Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who earlier in the week vented his frustration at not getting more chances to make plays, had a season-high six catches for 90 yards. Edwards also hooked up a couple times with rookie quarterback Charlie Frye, who played for the first time and went 6-of-11 for 58 yards.

Following the game, Dilfer gave Frye a game ball for his first NFL action, but then made some deflating remarks about coach Romeo Crennel's decision to sit him.

"It makes my job harder and I don't agree with it," Dilfer said. "I will not change one bit professionally, and I'll support whatever decisions are made wholeheartedly. But I'm not going to stand up here and say I agree with it."

Dilfer was asked when he was told the Browns would give Frye some playing time.

"It's none of your business," he snapped.

In their sixth loss in seven games, the Dolphins (3-7) also lost linebacker Zach Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He separated his right shoulder late in the first half, leaving Miami without its leading tackler. Thomas will undergo an MRI on Monday.

"We miss him when he's not there," said Saban.

In addition, linebacker Junior Seau left the stadium wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

On top of that, the Dolphins have serious issues at quarterback. Sage Rosenfels was benched in the second half of his second career start after going just 5-of-10 for 14 yards and two interceptions. Rosenfels started for Frerotte (sprained right index finger), but Frerotte came in and was only 4-of-18 for 53 yards.

"I didn't play well at all and I have to change that," Rosenfels said. "I missed some things and made some bad reads."

Ricky Williams, looking better than he has all season, had 83 yards but was one of the only bright spots for Miami.

"This was the most disappointing game in terms of how we competed," Saban said. "Our toughness and tenacity was not what it has been. When you miss three or four tackles on the first play, it doesn't bode well."

Droughns, closing in on becoming Cleveland's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, turned the Browns' first play into one of the team's most memorable in years.

"That's about as good a run as I've had in my career," said Droughns, who has 868 yards. "I had a lot of fun on that one."

Game notes


Phil Dawson kicked three field goals for Cleveland. ... Dolphins S Lance Schulters had his left side go temporarily numb when he was hit by a teammate in the first half. After being checked out, he returned. ... Droughns' TD run is the sixth longest in Browns history. ... Dolphins WR Chris Chambers moved past Duriel Harris into sixth place on the club's career receptions list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
CLE
1st Downs1219
Passing 1st downs
39
Rushing 1st downs
98
1st downs from penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
2-127-16
4th down efficiency
2-41-1
Total Plays5568
Total Yards194376
Yards per play3.55.5
Total Drives1013
Passing55195
Comp-Att
9-2817-29
Yards per pass
1.86.7
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-120-0
Rushing139181
Rushing Attempts
2539
Yards per rush
5.64.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-4
Penalties7-435-35
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:3235:28

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Frerotte4/18532.9002-12
Rosenfels5/10141.4020-0
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dilfer11/181377.6100-0
Frye6/11585.3010-0

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13836.4014
Brown12564.7011
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Droughns301665.5175
Wright382.705

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilmore13939.0039
Chambers3124.005
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards69015.0025
Bryant46015.0028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIACLE
cleTD13:27Reuben Droughns, 75 yd run
Drive info: 1 plays, 75 yds, 0:00
06
cleFG7:06Phil Dawson 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yds, 5:09
09
SECOND QUARTERMIACLE
cleFG0:01Phil Dawson 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 57 yds, 5:57
012
THIRD QUARTERMIACLE
cleTD5:31Terrelle Smith, 6 yd pass from Trent Dilfer (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yds, 2:00
019
cleFG1:39Phil Dawson 17 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yds, 3:31
022