St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

NFL

Saints sent reeling with star RB out

©Associated Press
November 25, 2002

NEW ORLEANS -- The running back scampering down the Superdome field Sunday was not Deuce McAllister.

With the Saints star watching from the sidelines, rookie William Green ran for 114 yards and a touchdown to spark Cleveland to a 24-15 win over New Orleans.

"I really feel this offense is just tapping into what it can do," Browns quarterback Tim Couch said.

It was the fourth win in five games for the Browns, who have climbed back into contention in the AFC North after a poor start. Cleveland trails Pittsburgh by half a game.

The Saints have lost three of four to fall into third in the NFC South. McAllister, the NFC's leading runner with 950 yards, was active but didn't play because of a sprained right ankle.

"You want to make plays, it's hard to sit on the sidelines," McAllister said. "I wanted to help my team."

New Orleans struggled without him, gaining 74 yards rushing and scoring one touchdown on six trips inside the Cleveland 20. Cleveland forced three red-zone turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble by Aaron Brooks -- and twice held the Saints to field goals.

"I made three bad decisions," Brooks said.

Brooks completed 23 of 40 for 318 yards but threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. Couch was 12-for-21 for 182 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted twice.

Cleveland went up 7-3 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Green. The 85-yard drive was fueled by a 46-yard pass from Couch to Quincy Morgan and three penalties against the Saints that gave the Browns 14 yards and two first downs.

New Orleans' Michael Lewis muffed a punt, which Andra Davis recovered for Cleveland. Two plays later, receiver Dennis Northcutt took a handoff and ran 36 yards for a touchdown, giving Cleveland a 14-6 lead with 3:50 in the first half.

Late in the half, New Orleans, down 14-9, drove to the 2 before Brooks threw an interception on third down to Anthony Henry.

Couch's 24-yard touchdown to Kevin Johnson with 4:44 left in the third quarter gave the Browns a 21-12 lead in the third quarter.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk

NFL
  • Eagles seek to fill McNabb's void
  • WR Jackson returns for Seahawks
  • Field goals boost Colts to win
  • Atlanta dominates Carolina
  • Saints sent reeling with star RB out
  • Williams, Dolphins outrace Chargers
  • Cowboys' young QB delivers
  • Redskins spoil Warner's return
  • NFL Round-up

  • College basketball
  • Gophers do not fall into second-half hole
  • Youth serves Florida well as it holds off a tenacious South Florida
  • Gators dominate warmup
  • FSU gives its coach first win

  • NHL
  • Panthers score late to earn tie

  • Colleges
  • Gators getting healthy
  • Tampa advances to VB Elite 8

  • College football
  • Florida college football vent
  • Bowden may make QB change
  • Bulls plan to keep practicing

  • Sports briefs
  • Bell agrees to 4-year, $17M deal with Phillies

  • Football
  • Montreal wins CFL title

  • NBA
  • Miller ably fills gaps for Magic

  • Golf
  • Season ends with 11th win for Sorenstam

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Bucs
  • Bucs 21, Packers 7: Sittin' Pretty
  • Gary Shelton: Defense just keeps reaching for stars
  • John Romano: Gimme Five
  • Tampa Bay is able to overcome errors
  • Glory eludes Favre at RayJay
  • Sapp, Pack coach square off with barbs
  • Quarterback keeps fighting through pain
  • Bucs/Packers quotebooks
  • Jurevicius pro-instant replay
  • Sound bites
  • Not so secondary

  • Lightning
  • Feaster should take ownership up on offer


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts