Browns Up Eight at Halftime

The Raiders are chippy, but the Browns are winning as the Browns go for win number four. Fred Greetham recaps a first half that featured ejections, fighting and a 61-yard field goal...

CLEVELAND—The Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were able to limit the Raiders to three field goals to take a 17-9 lead into the half.

Derek Anderson, starting in place of the injured Brady Quinn was 5–of-12 for 66 yards and a touchdown. Jerome Harrison had 17 carries for 82 yards, including a touchdown.

The Browns capitalized quickly on a Raiders' turnover and the Browns took a 7-0 lead on Harrison's 17-yard touchdown run. David Bowens stepped in front of Darren McFadden and intercepted Charlie Frye on the Raiders' second play and returned the ball to the Raiders' 17. After no gain on first down, Harrison took off left and rambled in with 13:32 left in the first quarter. Rex Hadnot and Lawrence Vickers had good lead blocks to open the hole.

After forcing the Raiders to a three-and-out, Phil Dawson hit a 42-yard field goal with 8:16 to play to make it 10-0. The Browns went 45 yards in 10 plays on the drive and Harrison picked up 23 yards, while Evan Moore caught a 19-yard pass from Derek Anderson.

The Raiders got on the board on a 44-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with 2:48 to play in the first quarter to make it 10-3. The Raiders had the ball for 5:28. After starting at their 26, Frye hit on a 15-yard pass to Darren McFadden. Another 16-yard pass to Chaz Schilens for 16 moved the ball to the Browns' 36. Michael Bush picked up 14 to the 22. However a holding penalty negated a first down pass to the Browns' two after Frye connected with Louis Murphy.

Janikowski's 34-yard field goal with 11:12 left in the second quarter made it 10-6. The Raiders received great field position to start the drive at the Browns' 30. After getting stopped on a three-and-out inside the Browns' 10, the Browns were forced to punt. On the punt, Brandon McDonald was called for fair catch interference and a 15-yard penalty put the ball on the Browns' 30.

Frye hit Zach Miller for 13 yards to the 17. On third-and-three, Mike Adams blitzed from the right corner and sacked Frye at the 16 to set up the field goal.

The Browns took a 17-6 lead with 18 seconds left in the first half as Anderson hooked up with Mohamed Massaquoi on a 19-yard touchdown as he beat Chris Johnson. The Browns covered 93 yards on eight plays, taking just 1:28.

The drive was sparked by two personal foul penalties on the Raiders that gave the Browns 30 yards to into Raiders' territory. Richard Seymour picked up one call and Stanford Routt the other. Routt hit Harrison with a head butt and was ejected from the game.

The Raiders ended the first half with a 61-yard field goal by Janikowski as time expired. The Raiders received the ball with just 15 seconds to play and two short passes moved the ball to the Browns' 43 with one second to play. Janikowski's field goal was the fourth-longest in NFL history behind Tom Dempsey's record of 63.

Cribbs Play: WR/KR Josh Cribbs continued to display his special team's athleticism on a punt as he leapt in the air and batted the ball in the air over the end zone back to CB Brandon McDonald, who caught the ball at the one.

Jerome's Encore: After rushing for 286 yards a week ago, RB Jerome Harrison scored on a 17-yard run on his second carry. He had 17 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Sack Men: DB Mike Adams picked up the Browns' first sack and then LB David Bowens and LB Matt Roth combined for another in the second quarter. Adams led the Browns in the first half with five tackles, while Roth had three.

DA's Turn: QB Derek Anderson started in place of the injured Brady Quinn. Anderson was 5-of-12 for 66 yards with two sacks and a touchdown.His QB rating was 87.5.

Top Receiver: WR Mohamed Massaquoi was the leading receiver at the half with two catches for 33 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown.

Getting Personal: With 1:22 to play in the first half, five personal fouls were called. OL Alex Mack and OL Rex Hadnot were called and DL Richard Seymour and DB Stanford Routt were flagged. Routt was ejected for a head butt and the back-to-back penalties moved the ball to the Raiders' 27.

Robo's Day: Anderson hit Brian Robiskie on third down for an 11-yard pick up and a first down to the Raiders' 47. He then injured his ankle and it was questionable if he would return. He had two receptions for 14 yards in the first half.

Gaines, Vickers Down: TE Michael Gaines injured his shoulder in the first quarter, but was able to return. FB Lawrence Vickers was injured in the first half and his return was questionable.

Old Friends: QB Charlie Frye, QB Bruce Gradkowski and DL Gerard Warren all play for the Raiders. Frye's first pass attempt was intercepted by LB David Bowens, which set up the Browns first touchdown. Warren shot through and dropped Harrison for a five-yard loss in the second quarter. Frye was 10-of-12 for 98 yards and an interception. He was sacked twice and had a QB rating of 53.6.

Furrey Starts at Safety: WR/DB Mike Furrey made his first start of the season at safety in place of Mike Adams, who was moved to CB to replaced Brandon McDonald. Other inactives were: OL John St. Clair, LB Arnold Harrison, WR Jake Allen, TE Greg Estandia, DL Derreck Robinson, LB David Veikune, DB Gerard Lawson and DB Coye Francies.

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