In turnaround, Raiders flag down road victory

By Times Staff
Published October 31, 2005

NASHVILLE - For a change, the yellow flag fell in favor of the oft-penalized Raiders.

A personal foul call wiped out Tennessee's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Warren Sapp sacked Steve McNair three plays later, forcing a fumble that Jarrod Cooper recovered in the end zone for Oakland.

The Raiders came in tied for the league lead in penalties with 65.

"Call it lucky, call it fortunate, call it what you will," Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins said. "We've had a bunch of them go against us."

Collins threw for three touchdowns for the Raiders, who have won three of their past four. The defense had six sacks, including 21/2 by ex-Buc Sapp.

The Titans outdid the Raiders with nine penalties for 79 yards, one of which wiped out a punt return touchdown by Adam "Pacman" Jones. Officials flagged Titans safety Tank Williams for unnecessary roughness for blocking out of bounds at the line of scrimmage.

Oakland clinched the victory when Collins tossed a short pass to Jerry Porter on the left sideline. Jones tried to shove Porter out of bounds with an arm, but Porter stayed on his feet for a 44-yard score with 4:37 left for a 34-25 lead.

NOTABLE: Oakland earned its first road win this season, and earned its first victory in Tennessee.