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  • Palmer rallies Bengals past Ravens 27-26

    Palmer rallies Bengals past Ravens 27-26

    NFL.com wire reports

    BALTIMORE (Dec. 5, 2004) -- Carson Palmer capped his finest day in the NFL with an appropriate ending to an improbable comeback.

    Down by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the Bengals pierced the proud defense of the Baltimore Ravens for 24 points over the final 15 minutes and escaped with a 27-26 victory.

    Shayne Graham kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bengals their first win in Baltimore in eight tries since 1996.

    Matt Stover's fourth field goal put Baltimore up 26-24 with 1:42 left, but Palmer calmly drove Cincinnati (6-6) into position for the winning kick, covering 60 yards in seven plays.

    A 32-yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a 22-yarder to Chad Johnson were the key plays in the drive.

    Palmer, a second-year pro, went 29-for-36 for a career-high 382 yards. Houshmandzadeh had 10 catches for 171 yards and Johnson amassed 161 yards on his 10 receptions.

    Before Sunday, the Bengals had been outscored 73-50 in the fourth quarter.

    After scoring 58 points one week earlier against Cleveland, the Bengals could muster only a field goal through the opening 45 minutes. But Palmer brought Cincinnati back, passing for 200 yards and three touchdowns during the wild fourth quarter.

    Chester Taylor ran for 139 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Jamal Lewis, but it wasn't enough for the Ravens (7-5).

    Baltimore took a 20-3 lead late in the third quarter when Ed Reed intercepted an overthrow by Palmer and took it 21 yards before fumbling. Teammate Chris McAlister scooped up the loose ball and took it 64 yards into the end zone, breaking several tackles along the way.

    At that point, the Bengals appeared doomed to yet another lopsided defeat in Baltimore. But Palmer had other plans.

    He followed a muffed punt by Ravens rookie B.J. Sams with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, then tossed a 12-yarder to Johnson to bring Cincinnati to 20-17.

    Stover answered with a field goal, but a 9-yard TD pass from Palmer to Houshmandzadeh put the Bengals in front 24-23 with 5:38 left.

    Following a lackluster first half dominated by both defenses, the Ravens moved 85 yards on 12 plays in the opening drive of the third quarter to go up 13-3. Kyle Boller went 5-for-5 for 46 yards, including a 13-yarder to Taylor on a third-and-9 play, and Taylor capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge.

    The Bengals' first possession of the game ended when Reed forced a fumble by tight end Matt Schobel and took the ball 25 yards to the Cincinnati 25, setting up a 20-yard field goal by Stover.

    With 12:34 left in the first half the Bengals had a 102-42 edge in offensive yards but nothing to show for it. After moving from its own 31 to the Baltimore 35, Graham was short on a 53-yard field goal try.

    But Graham made it 3-all late in the second quarter, kicking a 41-yard field goal after Palmer connected with Johnson on a 51-yard completion.

    Boller then moved the Ravens 78 yards in a beat-the-clock drive, going 6-for-11 (including three spikes) before Stover kicked a 22-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the half.

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  • DJRamFan
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    by DJRamFan
    Syracuse 31, Buffalo 0

    Sept. 10, 2005


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Damien Rhodes ran for 236 yards and scored four touchdowns, leading Syracuse to a 31-0 victory over Buffalo on Saturday for Greg Robinson's first win as coach of the Orange.

    The Bulls (0-2) were shut out for the third straight game dating back to last season. They lost 38-0 at Connecticut last week in their season opener and also were beaten 29-0 by the Huskies in the 2004 season finale.

    Rhodes' rushing total was 16 yards shy of the school record of 252 yards by Joe Morris against Kansas in 1979 and 5 yards off the Carrier Dome mark set two years ago by Walter Reyes against Central Florida.

    Rhodes gained 216 yards on 19 carries and scored three times in the first half to help the Orange (1-1) take a 24-0 halftime lead. He scored on runs of 27, 50, and 54 yards, the last one alone equaling the Bulls' offensive production for the half.

    Buffalo never seriously threatened to score in the game and finished with 123 yards on offense.

    Syracuse went ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter, despite some early rumbling from the home crowd. The jeers came after 6-foot-4 quarterback Perry Patterson, ineffective in last week's 15-7 loss to West Virginia, had a pass batted away on a second-down play, but the junior quickly regrouped.

    After scrambling 10 yards for a first down, Patterson hit tight end Tom Ferron for 30 yards down the right side. Rhodes followed Ferron's first career catch with a 27-yard touchdown run.

    A year ago, Buffalo threw a scare into the Orange, taking a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before Syracuse scored 34 straight points and won 37-17 at Buffalo. There was no scare on this day - the Bulls drove past midfield only three times and Ben Woods punted 11 times for the second straight week.

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    Ricky Krautman added a 21-yard field goal for the Orange midway through the second quarter before Rhodes struck again.

    After the Bulls moved into Syracuse territory for the first time on runs of 11 and 25 yards by quarterback Stewart Sampsel, Orange safety Anthony Smith made his second interception of the game and Syracuse took over at its own 27.

    Rhodes gained 19 yards on consecutive runs and followed with a 54-yard sprint up the middle on the next play. He scored his final touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter and sat out the fourth.

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    By Jim Thomas
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    Trailing 16-10 with 5 minutes 3 seconds to play at Paul Brown Stadium, the Rams
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    "I don't know," defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said. "It's pretty frustrating.
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    By the time the Rams got the ball back, they were out of timeouts, only 2:22
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    improved play, Sunday's 19-10 loss looked very much like several road defeats
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    To wit, the offense got nothing going, and the defense played just well enough
    to lose.

    "I was proud that our guys fought and hung in there with it," coach Scott
    Linehan said. "Going into it, I'm sure it doesn't look very favorable. But we
    battled as a team, and rallied around the situation we had with Brock (Berlin)."

    Nonetheless, the end result was another loss. At 3-10, the Rams have been
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    UTEP Downs New Mexico 21-13.

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    The Miners (3-0) took control in a span of less than 3 1/2 minutes in the third quarter.

    With New Mexico (3-1) driving midway through the period and the crowd of 50,425 mostly UTEP fans on edge, Fleskowski picked off Kole McKamey's pass at the Miners' 32, broke to the sideline and went in untouched with 8:33 left in the third.

    On the ensuing kickoff, New Mexico's Marcus Smith had trouble fielding the ball and was tackled at the Lobos' 10.

    The Miners, aided by a couple of offside penalties against New Mexico, forced a punt and Chris Francies blocked Tyler Gaus' kick. Draughon fell on the ball near the back of the end zone and the Miners had turned a 10-7 deficit into a 21-10 lead.

    New Mexico got another drive going and reached UTEP's 27 after a 14-yard run by DonTrell Moore. But UTEP tackle Chris Mineo derailed that drive by dropping Moore for a 3-yard loss and then sacking McKamey for a 10-yard loss.


    New Mexico running back DonTrell Moore, center, runs between the blocks of teammates Robert Turner and Ryan Cook during the first quarter. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)



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    With Moore finding holes through the middle of UTEP's defense, the Lobos faced second-and-8 at the UTEP 18 and McKamey in the shotgun when center Ryan Cook snapped the ball over McKamey's head. Moore recovered at the 35.

    On the next play, McKamey was pressured into the interception that Fleskowski turned into six points for UTEP.

    Moore, with 161 yards on 28 carries, became the 65th player I NCAA history to go over 4,000 yards rushing. He now has 4,089 career rushing yards and gave New Mexico a 10-7 lead on a 4-yard TD run with 9:24 left in the second quarter.

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