Page 14 — Monday, September 15, 2003 SPORTS ,3ufrta na Panthers top Bucs in OT By The Associated Press John Kasay's fourth field goal, a 47-yarder with 3:28 remaining in overtime, capped a wild final few minutes as the Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their own game Sunday, 12-9. The Buccaneers had tied the game with no time left in regulation on Keenan McCardell's 6-yard touchdown reception. But Kris Jenkins got a hand on what would have been a game-winning extra point by Martin Gramatica. Steve Smith's 52-yard punt return to the Tampa Bay 40 set up Kasay's game-winner. . . . Stephen Davis rushed fjpr 142 yards and Kasay also kicked field ;oals of 28, 35 and 20 yards for Carolina (2-0), which blocked two ield goals before sending it into overtime. Trailing 9-3 late in the game, the Bucs drove 82 yards in 10 plays to tie the score on Brad Johnson's 6-yard TD pass to McCardell, who got both feet in bounds before falling out of the end zone. Jake Delhomme, who came off the bench to lead Carolina's comeback against the Jaguars, completed 9 of 23 passes for 96 yards in his third pro start. He was sacked twice and threw two interceptions, including Brian Kelly's pick that set up Gramatica's 41- yarder late in the third quarter. Johnson completed 34 of a career-high 61 passes for 339 yards. He was sacked once and threw once interception. Keyshawn Johnson Jed the Bucs with nine receptions for 102 yards, but was unable to make a leaping catch in the middle of the end zone with 19 seconds left in regulation. Johnson found McCardell for the game- tying TD two plays later. Rams 27, 49ers 24 At St. Louis, Marc Bulger, subbing for Kurt Warner (concussion) threw two touchdown passes and JeffWilkins kicked a 28-yard field goal in overtime. The Rams (1-1) have won eight of the last nine over the 49ers (11), who forced the extra period on Terrell Owens' 13-yard touchdown catch from Jeff Garcia with 19 seconds to go. The score capped an 85-yard, 11-play march. Patriots 31, Eagles 10 At Philadelphia, Tom Brady passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns, two to Christian Fauna. Willie McGinest had two sacks and a fumble recovery and Tedy Bruschi returned an interception 18 yards for a TD for New England (1-1), which dropped the Eagles to 0-2 at Lincoln Financial Field. In his worst game since his rookie season, Donovan McNabb completed just 18 of 46 passes for 186 yards, threw two interceptions — one returned for a TD — lost two rumbles and was sacked seven times. Raiders 23, Bengals 20 At Oakland, Sebastian JanikowsM's third field goal, a 39-yarder with 9 seconds left, won it. The Raiders (1-1) were aided by Jeff Burns' pass interference against Jerry Rice, giving Oakland the ball on the Cincinnati 22 with 23 seconds left. The Bengals (0-2) are 0-9 in Oakland. Jon Kitna rallied them to tie t at 20 with 1:18 left on an 8-yard TD pass to Peter Warrick. Colts 33, Titans 7 At Indianapolis, a stifling defense limited Tennessee (1-1) to 236 raids. The Colts (2-0) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Titans. Edgerrin James rushed for 120 yards and scored one touchdown, iddie George was limited to 46 yards on 15 carries, and Steve Mc- Vair was 15-of-24 for 138 yards and one touchdown, playing much fthe game with a dislocated Ting finger on his throwing hand. ;ii Redskins 33, Falcons 31 •At.Atlanta, after being sacked five times and fumbling twice in the first half, Patrick Ramsey threw for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns. Laveranues Coles, shaken up early, recovered to set career highs with 11 catches for 180 yards and a 19-yard reception. Washington is 2-0 for the first time since 1991, the season of its ast Super Bowl championship. The Falcons (1-1) failed to give coach Dan Reeves his 200th career victory. Seahawks 38, Cardinals 0 AtTempe, Ariz., just 23,127 tickets we're sold — the actual crowd appeared lower — and the Cardinals (0-2) wilted in 100-degree heal. It was the Cards' most one-sided home loss since a 52-10 beating by Philadelphia on Nov. 8, 1981, seven years before the franchise moved from St. Louis to Arizona. The bumbling Cardinals turned the ball over on their first four possessions and Matt Hasselbeck threw touchdown passes of 55 and 66 yards to Darrell Jackson. Reggie Tongue intercepted two passes for the Seahawks (2-0). Broncos 37, Chargers 13 At San Diego, the Broncos (2-0) dominated the Chargers (0-2) despite losing QB Jake Plummer (shoulder) and RB Clinton Portis, who suffered a chest bruise and missed the second half. Portis had 129 yards on 12 carries. Packers 31, Lions 6 At Green Bay, Ahman Green rushed for 160 yards, including a 65- yard TD on his first carry. The Packers (1-1) picked off three of Joey Harrington's passes in the second half and sent the Lions (1-1) to their 17th straight road loss on a field drenched by nearly 3 inches of rain in 48 hours. Dolphins 21, Jets 10 At East Rutherford, N.J., Ricky Williams ran for 125 yards on 34 carries and the Dolphins (1-1) won at the Meadowlands for the first time since 1997. Vinny Testaverde was 29-of-45 for 373 yards, and became the ninth quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 40,000 yards in his career. But the lets fell to 0-2. Bills 38, Jaguars 17 At Jacksonville, Travis Henry ran for three scores and Drew Bledsoe threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the most lopsided home loss for the Jaguars (0-2) in their nine-year history. Eric Moulds and Bobby Shaw caught touchdown passes for the Bills (2-0). Bledsoe passed the 300-yard mark for the 34th time. Saints 31,Texans 10 At New Orleans, the Saints (1-1), who led the NFC in scoring last season with 432 points and 49 touchdowns, finally rediscovered their offense. In the final two games of last season and the first one this year, New Orleans scored only 29 points. But Aaron Brooks threw for two touchdowns. TheTexans (1-1) saw David Carr sacked five times after he didn't go down in the opener at Miami. Vikings 24, Bears 13 At Minneapolis, Moe Williams rushed 21 times for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Daunte Culpepper threw twoTD passes to tight end Jim Klcinsasser to lead Minnesota. Kordell Stewart completed 13 of 21 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (0-2). Clarett asks NFL to change rule EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. (AP) — Suspended Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has asked the NFL to change its rules and make him eligible for the 2004 NFL draft. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday that the league received a request last week from Clarett's lawyer, Alan C. Milstein. Talgliabue told The Associated Press that a lawyer from his office would meet with a lawyer for Clarett to discuss the case, prob- ably the week after next. Last week, Clarett was suspended by Ohio State for at least one season for violating NCAA bylaws concerning benefits for athletes and for lying to investigators. Also, Ohio State is investigating charges that athletes received improper help in classes. Clarett is in his second year at the school. Under NFL rules, he would not be eligible for the draft until his third year out of high school, which would be 2005. Baltimore's Jamal Lewis ran through, over and around the Cleveland defense en route to an NFL single-game record 295 rushing yards. (AP photo) Ravens' Lewis sets NFL rushing record By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE — First, Jamal Lewis made the Cleveland Browns furious by saying he would run all over them. Then, much to the Browns' dismay, he backed up the promise. Lewis set an NFL record with 295 yards rushing Sunday and scored two touchdowns to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 33-13 victory. Lewis had an 82-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage, added a 63- yarder for a score in the fourth quarter and broke the record with a 3-yard run with 6:55 left He shattered the single-game mark held by Corey Dillon of Cincinnati, who ran for 278 yards on Oct 22,2000, against Denver. "The Browns know what kind of back I am, but I don't think they expected a day like this," Lewis said. "But it came." On a phone call with Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis earlier in the week, Lewis predicted that he would break Dillon's record if given 30 carries — twice as many as one week earlier in a 34-15 loss to Pittsburgh; "Andra told me he wanted me to get the ball 30 times. I told him if I get the ball 30 times it's going to be a career day," Lewis said. "I'm not going to say I predicted it. It was lucky." Lewis averaged a whopping 9.8 yards on his 30 carries. "The dude is Nostradamus," Cleveland safety Earl Little said. "He went out there and did his thing, and we didn't do our job. This is the most disgusting feeling I've had in my whole life, but I'll bounce back." little was angered at Lewis' boast—even if the running back did back it up. "You can't disrespect guys like that," Little said. Lewis would have had a third score and surpassed 300 yards if not for a holding penalty on Marcus Robinson during a 60-yard run in the first half. "On a day like today, I can't regret anything," he said. "It was beautiful." Lewis, who missed the entire 2001 season because of a torn knee ligament, had 100 yards by his second carry Sunday and was at 180 yards by halftime. "I was going in at halftime when (Ravens tackle) Jonathan Ogden said, 'Let's go get it We can get 300 yards,"' Lewis said. Said Ogden: "I figured if he broke the record we'd get the win." The Ravens (1-1) spoke all week about the importance of using Lewis more, especially because . the tailback shredded Cleveland for 187 yards in a. game last October. The Browns knew he was coming, but were powerless against him. "I couldn't care less about the record," Davis said. "If we would have won the game, he could have had 1,000." After the Browns (0-2) cut a 13- point deficit to 16-13, Lewis' 63- yard TD run gave Baltimore a 10- point cushion with 14:49 remaining. "They didn't get quiet until the end of the fourth quarter," Lewis said of the. Browns. "Andra told me, 'I can't say anything else.' He was congratulating me as we was playing. He showed me much respect." Matt Stover kicked a field goal with 1:58 left for Baltimore and Ed Reed returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown on the final play. Lewis' heroics overshadowed a stout performance by the Baltimore defense, which limited Cleveland to one first down in the first half while taking a 16-3 lead. Lewis also helped the Ravens overcome another poor showing by rookie .quarterback Kyle Boiler, who hurt his knee and was replaced by Chris Redman in the third quarter. Boiler went 7- for-17 for 78 yards and an interception. Baltimore's 343 yards rushing was a franchise record, and the most the Browns have ever allowed. "This could be a wake-up call," Cleveland tackle Gerald Warren said. "The defense has to stay strong, stick together and not let this move us back. We have to block it out and not focus on this game." NOTES: Lewis has averaged 168 yards and 6.4 yards per carry in five games against the Browns. ... Cleveland is 0-2 for the first time since 1999. Broncos win game, but lose Plummer, Portis By The Associated Press Injury report Jake Piummer and Clinton Portis both were sidelined in Denver's 37-13 romp at San Diego on Sunday. Plummer separated his right shoulder diving for a first down, but stayed in for two more plays, long enough to throw his third touchdown. Denver coach Mike Shanahan had the team announce Plummers injury was a concussion. He admitted afterward he lied. "If Steve (Beuerlein) went down on the first or second play and Jake went in there with a separated shoulder, they would know that we could not throw the football," Shanahan said. "So, for his sake and our sake I had to fib a little bit" The Broncos dominated the Chargers despite losing Plummer and Portis, who suffered a chest bruise and missed the second half. Portis had 129 yards on 12 carries, including runs of 25 and 58 yards to set up Denver's first two touchdowns. He apparently was hurt on the Broncos' last possession of the first half. He stayed in the locker room during the second half. Oakland's defense, meanwhile, got a big break when Cincinnati's Corey Dillon hyperextended his right knee late in the first half. Dillon played sporadically the rest of the way in the Raiders' 23- 20win. Dillon was hurt on the Bengals' second-to-last drive of the half. He ran the ball three straight times and lost a yard on his final run after being tackled by Dana Stubblefield and Derrick Gibson. Arizona lost quarterback Jeff Blake with a bruised left heel in the first quarter of the Cardinals' 38-0 loss to Seattle. X-rays were negative, but backup Josh McCown played the rest of the game. The Cardinals also lost defensive end Fred Wakefield with a concussion in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay receiver Joe Jurevicius sprained his right knee late in a 12-9 overtime loss to Carolina and was taken to the locker room on a cart. Jurevicius, who caught two touchdown passes in the Buccaneers' 17-0 season-opening victory, was injured while blocking on a running play for Mike AI- stott, who fell into the receiver when he was tackled. Jaguars linebacker Keith Mitchell was taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury during the first quarter of Jacksonville's win against Buffalo. Mitchell, a seventh-year veteran who joined Jacksonville this season, briefly lost feeling in his extremities after making a hard hit on Bills running back Travis Henry, coach Jack Del Rio said. He said Mitchell was taken to the hospital, where he regained feeling. The linebacker had movement in all his extremities, Del Rio said. X-rays showed no broken bones and Mitchell was undergoing other tests to see if there was damage to.his spinal cord. The Jaguars also lost receiver Jermaine Lewis (knee) and cor- nerback Kiwaukee Thomas (groin) for the game. Del Rio said Lewis' injury could be serious. Philadelphia defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis tore his left Achilles' tendon in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots. Grasmanis' knee buckled as he chased Tom Brady and he was down for several minutes before being helped onto a cart Linebacker Na'il Diggs had a monster game in the Packers' 316 win over Detroit before limping to the sideline with a sprained knee early in the fourth quarter. In New Orleans, Saints linebacker Sedrick Hodge broke his right kneecap and cornerback Dale Carter had a concussion. Texans defensive tackle Seth Payne sprained his right knee. Baltimore guard Edwin Mulita- lo injured a knee ligament and sprained his right ankle against Cleveland, and safety Gerome Sapp also hurt a right knee ligament. Ravens safety Ed Reed injured his right hand and wrist Jets cornerback Donnie Abraham hurt his shoulder in the second quarter against Miami and didn't return. Coach Herman Edwards didn't know the severity of the injury. Chargers wideout Reche Caldwell dislocated his left wrist and will have surgery Monday. He's expected to miss eight weeks. Chargers • tight end Stephen Alexander (groin) linebacker Donnie Edwards (groin), defensive end Marcellus Wiley (hamstring), defensive tackle Dequincy Scott (ankle) and guard Kelvin Gannon (elbow) were also hurt Bears quarterback Kordell Stewart left Chicago's loss at Minnesota with an apparent strained neck Sunday night. Johnson eases to Continued from page 13 "They're going to go in for physicals (Monday) and I think they'll be fine. It's just a testament to the training and athleticism that these guys have... they came back from the infield care center and we did a four-tire stop directly afterwards, and that was a 13.7-second stop. That's just awesome after the trauma they went through." Johnson had to make an extra pit stop under caution to let his crew check the car for damage and fell to 22nd place. "After that, I thought, 'We're just going to salvage what we can,"' he said. "I thought it was virtually impossible to get to the front but, once everybody began to string out, I was able to pass and I suddenly found myself in second place." In July, Johnson stretched his fuel for the last 93 laps on the way to victory on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire oval. This time, he and his Hendrick Motorsports team played another strategy to perfection, giving up the lead to make a quick, fuel-only stop 25 laps from the end. As the rest of the leaders were forced to pit for gas, and praying there would be no more caution flags, Johnson moved closer and closer to the front, finally regaining the top spot on the 294th of 300 laps when Robby Gordon pitted. Jeff Gordon, Johnson's teammate and car owner, took the lead when Johnson pitted. He stayed out and ran out of gas three laps from the end. Gordon got to the pits with a push from Ken Schrader, but wound up a lap down in 19th. Gordon came to Victory Lane to congratulate Johnson, but it was the banged-up crewmen he really came to see. "It was kind of a low-key Victory Lane," Johnson said. "Jeff came in and you could just see from the expression on his face he was worried sick until he actually saw- the guys and they spoke for a while. "Then he did his normal congratulations and we congratulated him for being the owner ,of the winning car, but it was kind of a weird ceremony for the whole team." Johnson also had a bad moment on the track on lap 147. "I ended up getting tangled up with Ward Burton and I'm sorry for that," Johnson said. "He was racing me really hard and I was racing hard, too, and I got loose and caught him going into (turn) one and put him into the wall. "He was pretty mad. He tried wrecking me four or five times while we were out there under, green; I'm just glad nothing happened." Burton, who drove his battered car to 39th, 30 laps off the pace, left the track without comment. Johnson said he planned to call Burton to make sure he understands the hit was not intentional. "I have all the respect in the world for Ward Burton," the winner said. "It was just a racing accident." Nobody was able to challenge Johnson after the second-year Winston Cup star regained the lead seven laps from the end. He drove his Chevy across the finish line 6.24 seconds — about 10 car-lengths — ahead of runner- up Ricky Rudd's Ford. "We could run with Jimmie but, at the end of the race it was just the way the pit strategy worked out," said Rudd, who earned his second straight top- five finish. Johnson teammate Joe Nemechek was third, followed by Bill Elliott and Earnhardt, who led a race-high 120 laps and gained a little ground on series leader Matt Kenseth. Kenseth, who came in leading Earnhardt by 418 points, finished seventh and goes to Dover next Sunday with a 404-point lead. Schumacher wins F-l race MONZA, Italy (AP) — Michael Schumacher won the Italian Grand Prix Sunday, holding off his chief rival in the standings for his first Formula One victory in three months. Schumacher maintained his lead on Juan Pablo Montoya from stan to finish to win his 50th Grand Prix for Ferrari. The five-time world champion had not won since the Canadian Grand Prix in June and had not started on the pole since May. He completed 53 laps over the 3.6-mile circuit in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 19.838 seconds. Montoya was 5.294 seconds behind. Schumacher teammate Rubens Bar- richello finished third and Raikkonen was fourth.
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