Browns 24

(1-3, 1-1 away)

Raiders 21

(0-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 1, 2006


1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 10 14 024
OAK 7 14 0 021

Top Performers

Passing: C. Frye (CLE) - 192 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Jordan (OAK) - 20 CAR, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 6 REC, 75 YDS

Frye rallies Browns from 21-3 deficit to beat Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Charlie Frye threw the ball up for grabs in the end zone, and it looked as if another late mistake by the young quarterback would do in the Cleveland Browns.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
After jumping to an early 21-3 lead, the Raiders proved ... well that they are the Raiders. Although the Raiders played very well in the first half, they did nothing in the second half. The reason: halftime adjustments. The Browns made them and the Raiders didn't.

This has been the Achilles' heel for the Raiders all season. They can't make adjustments when things are not going well. The big difference in the second half for the Browns is that they decided to sell out defensively against the run and make Andrew Walter beat them.

You have to give Romeo Crennel and his staff a pat on the back. The Browns were obviously flat in the first half after a disappointing loss last week, and he rallied the troops behind QB Charlie Frye.

Instead, the defense held tough and the Browns rallied from 18 points down and won for the first time this season, 24-21 over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"This win is huge," Frye said. "I thought it was a game we were supposed to win. I thought we were a better team than Oakland. I'm glad we came out in the second half and played well."

Frye threw three touchdown passes to lead the comeback, but it was the interception that almost cost him again.

With Cleveland (1-3) leading by three points, Frye led the Browns down to the 6 before throwing an ill-advised ball across the field that was intercepted by Nnamdi Asomugha with 3:58 left.

"I thought it was a bonehead play by me," Frye said. "I forced it. That was a no-no that late in the game."

Last week, Frye threw an interception in the end zone with 3:21 left with Cleveland leading Baltimore 14-12. The Ravens then drove for the winning field goal.

The Raiders were unable to do the same and are off to their worst start since losing their first three games in 1961.

"We feel fortunate to come out of here with a win," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said.

Rotten Raiders
The Raiders finally managed some offense Sunday in their loss to the Browns, taking a 21-3 lead before losing 24-21. But Oakland still fell to 0-3 under new coach Art Shell and has been outscored 79-27. Dating to last season, the Raiders have lost nine consecutive games by a combined score of 233-99.

A week off helped the Raiders (0-3) regroup after being outscored 55-6 in the first two games in Art Shell's second stint as coach. It seemed like Oakland was poised for a win after taking a 21-3 lead.

But poor play on special teams, a mediocre performance by Andrew Walter in his first career start and a questionable spot by the officials doomed Oakland.

"We were better but that's not good enough," Shell said. "We just didn't play well on a consistent basis. We played well in spurts. You can't play in spurts. You have to be consistent."

Early in the fourth quarter, Walter completed a 15-yard pass to Ronald Curry on third-and-16 from the 45. Curry appeared to stretch the ball to the 28, but the officials marked him just inside the 30 and short of a first down.

Shell chose not to challenge the spot after consulting with the coaches upstairs. Orpheus Roye then beat Langston Walker and stopped LaMont Jordan for a 2-yard loss in the backfield on fourth down to end the drive.

"We had to go out there and make a play on that down," Roye said. "It was a big momentum swing."

Jordan ran for 128 yards, including a 59-yard score, Sam Williams returned a fumble 30 yards for Oakland's first touchdown of the year and Walter connected on a 5-yard pass with Randy Moss for his first career touchdown.

Frye's third-quarter TD passes to Kellen Winslow and Joe Jurevicius helped the Browns avoid the third 0-4 start in their history. He finished 22-for-32 for 192 yards, winning for the second time in Oakland. Frye has three wins in nine starts overall.

Reuben Droughns ran for 100 yards on 25 carries for Cleveland after missing last week's game with a shoulder injury.

"We just kept plugging away, and the line stayed confident," Droughns said. "Being able to run the ball against these guys was great, because we kind of struggled doing that last year."

Walter was 9-for-23 for 68 yards, a touchdown and an interception in place of injured starter Aaron Brooks.

"We got shut out in the second half," Walter said. "That's unacceptable. On offense we have to hit the gas pedal when we have them down."

Cleveland's two first-half scores came after long kickoff returns by Joshua Cribbs.

A 65-yard return set up Phil Dawson's 28-yard field goal, and after Jordan's touchdown run, Cribbs took the kick back 53 yards. That led to Frye's 2-yard pass to Darnell Dinkins that cut it to 21-10 with 58 seconds left in the half.

Frye led two touchdown drives in the third quarter as Cleveland rallied to take a 24-21 lead. He hit Winslow on a 22-yard pass on fourth-and-8 from the Oakland 31 to set up a 2-yard TD pass to Winslow.

After Dennis Northcutt's 58-yard punt return, Frye hit Jurevicius in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard score late in the third quarter.

The Raiders were unable to score after Jordan's long run made it 21-3 with 4:08 left in the second quarter.

Game notes

Asomugha had two interceptions, the first of his career in his 50th game. ... Cleveland played much of the game without its two starting CBs. Gary Baxter (injured chest muscle) was inactive and Leigh Bodden left late in the first quarter with an injured ankle. ... Oakland DE Derrick Burgess, who led the NFL with 16 sacks last year, got his first two this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2114
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6952
Total Yards283240
Yards per play4.14.6
Total Drives1211
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-51-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

oakTD8:03Sam Williams, 30 yd fumble return (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 16 yds, 2:37
oakTD10:20Randy Moss, 5 yd pass from Andrew Walter (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yds, 1:14
cleFG5:11Phil Dawson 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yds, 5:08
oakTD4:21LaMont Jordan, 59 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 63 yds, 1:00
cleTD1:02Darnell Dinkins, 3 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yds, 3:10
cleTD8:09Kellen Winslow, 2 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 69 yds, 6:57
cleTD1:45Joe Jurevicius, 5 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 17 yds, 1:29