Lions 16

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Browns 20

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 18, 2006

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 10 6 016
CLE 7 3 0 1020

Rookie Harrison fuels Browns' comeback win vs. Lions

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jerome Harrison came to the NFL with a simple, modest plan.

"I just practice hard, line up where the coaches tell me to line up and make plays," he said.

In a short time, the little running back has made a bunch of them.

The 5-foot-9 rookie caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards Friday night as the Cleveland Browns rallied for a 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions.

With the Browns down 16-10, third-string quarterback Derek Anderson hit Harrison in stride over the middle for the go-ahead score. Harrison, who rushed for 1,900 yards at Washington State in 2005, ran for 53 yards on nine carries and had six receptions for 54.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel has been impressed with Harrison's fast start.

"The Harrison kid caught the ball and ran with it," Crennel said. "He looked pretty good. He has quickness and change of pace. If he continues to improve, we'll all feel good."

The Browns are also feeling better about tight end Kellen Winslow, the former first-round pick who missed most of the past two seasons with leg injuries. He had three catches for 37 yards -- all in the first half.

"I'm not nervous. I'm not pressing and I'm out there having fun," said Winslow, who believes he'll have a big season. "Oh yeah. I'm looking to dominate."

Harrison has emerged as a multipurpose threat for the Browns (1-1), who looked much better on both side of the ball than they did a week ago in a listless 20-7 loss at Philadelphia. Harrison scored Cleveland's lone TD against the Eagles.

Taken in the fifth round (145th overall) by the Browns, Harrison has shown speed, agility and toughness. Although he's the shortest Browns player, Harrison hasn't been intimidated about running inside.

"He's looked great, I knew he would," said Anderson, who played against Harrison in college.

Matt Prater kicked three field goals -- 22, 44 and 48 yards -- for the Lions (1-1).

An undrafted rookie from Central Florida, Prater has no chance of beating out Jason Hanson, Detroit's all-time scoring leader and one of the NFL's most consistent kickers for the past 14 seasons. However, Prater's strong kicking could land him a job elsewhere, or force the Lions to keep him around.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli said he's considering keeping two kickers.

"He was a beast," Marinelli said. "He did a great job tonight."

Browns starting quarterback Charlie Frye finished 8-of-11 for 41 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble in four series.

Except for throwing the pick to cornerback Dre Bly on his fourth attempt, Frye showed nice poise and pocket presence. His performance had to be reassuring to Crennel, who handed the starting job to the second-year quarterback when he traded veteran Trent Dilfer to San Francisco.

The Browns also got big plays from rookie linebackers Kamerion Wimbley, D'Qwell Jackson and nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo. Wimbley had a sack, Jackson made an interception and Oshinowo had a late sack as Detroit was driving.

Lions starter Jon Kitna played the entire first half, completing seven of 12 passes for 94 yards and one TD. Kitna's passing was one of the few bright spots as the Lions first-team offense managed just 3 yards rushing on nine attempts against Cleveland's defensive starters.

Frye bounced back from throwing an interception on Cleveland's first possession by hitting Dennis Northcutt for a 5-yard TD pass in the first quarter to put the Browns ahead 7-0.

After taking a low snap from new center Ross Tucker, Frye scrambled to buy himself time before zipping his pass over the middle to Northcutt, who has been his favorite target during camp.

Frye's next attempt didn't go as well. Detroit defensive end James Hall beat tackle Jeff Shaffer on an outside rush and stripped the ball from Frye deep in Cleveland territory.

Three plays later, Kitna hit Kevin Jones for a 2-yard TD to tie it.

Game notes

Browns backup quarterback Ken Dorsey, who hasn't looked sharp in camp, finished 11-of-16 for 75 yards. ... Cleveland was missing several injured starters: CBs Gary Baxter (strained chest muscle) and Daylon McCutcheon (knee surgery), RT Ryan Tucker (knee surgery) and LB Willie McGinest, who is nursing a tender elbow following surgery to remove bone chips this spring. ... WR Charles Rogers (knee) and defensive end Shaun Rogers (shoulder) didn't dress for the Lions.

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Scoring Summary

cleTD3:29Dennis Northcutt, 5 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yds, 5:16
detTD14:26Kevin Jones, 4 yd pass from Jon Kitna (kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 15 yds, 0:44
detFG2:2114 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 64 yds, 2:57
cleFG0:16Phil Dawson 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 63 yds, 1:56
detFG13:3036 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yds, 1:23
detFG6:0740 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yds, 2:28
cleTD13:42Jerome Harrison, 31 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Jeff Chandler kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 4:54
cleFG7:31Jeff Chandler 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 24 yds, 4:41