Ron Dayne had 21 carries for a season-high 122 yards and a touchdown to help the Houston Texans beat the Oakland Raiders 24-17 and snap a three-game losing streak. Dayne has run for at least 95 yards only three times the past two seasons, twice against Oakland.
Raiders quarterback Josh McCown, who moved back into the starting role after missing four games with a broken toe, was booed by Oakland fans, who are ready to see top pick JaMarcus Russell take the field, before his 13-for-28, 158-yard, three-interception dud.
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Houston's Sage Rosenfels connected with Andre' Davis on a 42-yard touchdown pass on third-and-two midway through the fourth quarter after the Raiders had scored on a Justin Fargas 1-yard TD run that had cut the score to 17-10.
BY THE NUMBERS
0: Oakland failed to record a sack.
7: Rosenfels has thrown all seven of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter this season.
9: Raiders offensive lineman Barry Sims was flagged twice for false starts on Sunday, giving him a team-leading nine this season.
THEY SAID IT
"As much they may hate me or anybody else they don't understand how I feel. Nobody in this room and none of the fans want to feel what I feel right now. Trust me. It's a sick, hurting feeling you can't describe."
-- McCown on being booed by Oakland fans
"I thought we'd be further along. I thought we'd have more wins. I thought we'd play better, more consistent. I didn't think we'd have as many ups and downs as we do."
-- Raiders coach Lane Kiffin
"Andre' ran a great route. I saw that he had 3 yards on him and threw it. I thought I overthrew him, but he ran that sucker down."
-- Rosenfels on his game-clinching touchdown pass to Davis in the fourth quarter
Hall of Famer Ron Dayne.
We'll be seeing you, LaMont Jordan, and here's a copy of the Raiders' Monopoly game for you on your way out.
Hall of Famer Sage Rosenfels.
This sure looks familiar.