Final

Raiders 35

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Dolphins 17

(0-4, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 14 0 7 1435
MIA 0 7 10 017

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (MIA) - 158 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Fargas (OAK) - 22 CAR, 179 YDS

Receiving: R. Brown (MIA) - 6 REC, 73 YDS

Culpepper rushes for 3 TDs as Raiders sink Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) -- As Daunte Culpepper skipped across the back of the end zone, showboating in celebration of another touchdown, his surgically repaired right knee looked plenty sturdy.

It held up fine Sunday, when Culpepper ran for three touchdowns and threw for two to win a grudge game against his former team, helping the Oakland Raiders beat the winless Miami Dolphins 35-17.

Scouts Buzz
Oakland forced the ground game down Miami's throat, led by the 1-2 punch of LaMont Jordan and Justin Fargas. Before Jordan left the game with an injury, he was punishing the Dolphins defenders, and Fargas continued the beating after Jordan left. Miami's poor tackling was glaring on the field and on the stat sheet, as the yards after contact were enormous. The Raiders also saw the kind of play they hoped for when they signed QB Daunte Culpepper in the offseason. He was quick to point out to Miami fans after scrambling for a TD that his knee is just fine. He showed great mobility and was efficient and accurate passing. Those two factors led to an easy Oakland win.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
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"He had a chip on his shoulder," teammate Warren Sapp said. "He wanted revenge."

Culpepper's slow recovery from major knee surgery limited him to four games last year in his only season with the Dolphins, and his breakup with new Miami coach Cam Cameron was bitter.

After winning in his first start for the Raiders, Culpepper said beating Miami wasn't personal.

"The only thing I felt bad about is I didn't have a chance to show the fans here me healthy as a Dolphin," he said. "But now I had a chance to show them today, and I'm glad I was able to do that."

Cameron and Culpepper met on the field after the game, and both said the conversation was cordial.

"You have to tip your hat when you're getting your rear end kicked," Cameron said.

Miami's coach has bigger problems than any lingering issues with Culpepper. For the second time in four years, the Dolphins are off to an 0-4 start.

"You can't feel sorry for yourself," Cameron said. "Nobody is going to run and hide."

The Raiders, who won last week when Culpepper came off the bench to replace an injured Josh McCown, improved to 2-2 and head into their bye week with a quarterback controversy looming.

"I'll handle it when it happens," coach Lane Kiffin said.

Culpepper led the Raiders out of the tunnel before the game, raising his right fist and punching the air as fans booed. He was far from flashy against his old team, relying on a ground game that totaled 299 yards against an injury-depleted defense.

Justin Fargas replaced an injured LaMont Jordan shortly before halftime and ran for a career-high 179 yards in 22 carries.

"To break their will with the running game is a great feeling," Fargas said.

The Raiders' rushing total was their fourth highest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 and their highest since 1987.

Culpepper threw only 12 times and completed five for 75 yards. But he hit Jerry Porter for scores of 7 and 27 yards, and he had three short touchdown runs.

Culpepper's best bit of scrambling came on a third-and-goal at the 5. Unable to find an open receiver, he sprinted to his left, outran two Dolphins, turned the corner and held the ball out as he dived over the goal line.

A jubilant Culpepper rose, tapped his surgically repaired right knee and signaled "OK" to the crowd.

"There were a lot of questions about my knee," he said. "Everywhere I would go, people would ask me about my knee. I wanted to say, 'Hey, I'm OK. I'm getting better every day.'"

Culpepper skipped to the sideline, then did a Temptations dance step and threw a fist. He scored again a 3-yard keeper on fourth down with 23 seconds left.

"Good for him," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. "Everybody doubted him. They said he was too old and too hurt, but they say that about a lot of guys."

The Raiders lost leading rusher Jordan to a back injury shortly before halftime, but their ground game still dominated. Miami played without middle linebacker Zach Thomas, sidelined for the second game in a row by a concussion, and lost defenders Channing Crowder and Vonnie Holliday to ankle injuries in the first half.

Ronnie Brown ran for 134 yards and caught six passes for 73 for the Dolphins, but they fell behind early and had possession for less than 25 minutes.

The loss was especially humbling for Miami linebacker Joey Porter, who had guaranteed a win.

"What's he going to guarantee next week?" Sapp said. "It's tough when you run your mouth."

Said Porter: "The truth is, we're not a good team right now."

Game notes


For the second time in three weeks, a Raiders game was delayed by lightning, this time at the start for 30 minutes. ... Oakland had lost six games in a row to the Dolphins and beat them for the first time since 1996. ... For the first time since 1995, the Dolphins have allowed at least 30 points in three consecutive games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
MIA
1st Downs2113
Passing 1st downs
47
Rushing 1st downs
156
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
9-153-11
4th down efficiency
2-32-2
Total Plays6247
Total Yards369278
Yards per play6.05.9
Total Drives910
Passing70137
Comp-Att
5-1214-25
Yards per pass
5.45.1
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-52-21
Rushing299141
Rushing Attempts
4920
Yards per rush
6.17.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-42-4
Penalties2-155-34
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:0724:53

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper5/12756.3201-5
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green14/251586.3122-21

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fargas221798.1048
Jordan15744.9014
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown151348.9160
Maui'a252.503

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Porter35217.3227
Curry11616.0016
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown67312.2023
Peelle34515.0135

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKMIA
oakTD10:42Jerry Porter, 7 yd pass from Daunte Culpepper (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 11 yds, 1:50
70
oakTD2:06Daunte Culpepper, 2 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yds, 6:29
140
SECOND QUARTEROAKMIA
miaTD12:45Ronnie Brown, 9 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 4:21
147
THIRD QUARTEROAKMIA
miaFG6:14Jay Feely 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yds, 4:54
1410
oakTD4:09Daunte Culpepper, 5 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 2:10
2110
miaTD0:12Justin Peelle, 3 yd pass from Trent Green (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 33 yds, 2:37
2117
FOURTH QUARTEROAKMIA
oakTD8:04Jerry Porter, 27 yd pass from Daunte Culpepper (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 7:10
2817
oakTD0:30Daunte Culpepper, 3 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 5:54
3517