OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After watching his team commit three turnovers, allow two big play touchdowns to Tim Tebow and commit a penalty that wiped out a score in the first half, coach Tom Cable didn’t hold back at halftime.

“There’s no reason to be calm or rational at that point,” Cable said.

The Raiders responded to the tongue-lashing, getting a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to Marcel Reece to keep their playoff hopes alive and spoil Tebow’s first NFL start with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“That’s the most animated I’ve ever seen him,” defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. “From the time we came in here, he was going off. From the time we came in here pretty much until we left, nobody really talked except Cabes.”

Jacoby Ford scored on a 71-yard run on Oakland’s first play from scrimmage and Michael Bush added two short touchdown runs to keep the Raiders (7-7) in the hunt for a playoff berth after last week’s wrenching 38-31 loss at Jacksonville.

Oakland trails Kansas City by two games in the AFC West and will need to win the final two games and get help in order to win the division.

“I wish we were in a better position, but to still be in the fight, still be in the hunt, we’ve grown a long ways,” Campbell said. “The loss last week is not going to do any good for us to dwell on it. It’s not going to help us this week. What we have to do is control what’s in front of us from here out.”

The Broncos (3-11) have long been eliminated from the playoff chase, having lost nine of 10 games to tie the franchise record for losses in a season. That, along with Kyle Orton’s bruised ribs, made the decision to give Tebow his first career start an easy one.

tebow pointing Tebow Scores Twice, Broncos Come Up Short In Oakland

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos shouts instructions to his team during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

For a player who became famous in college for his exploits at the Swamp, Tebow must have felt at home on a wet day at the Oakland Coliseum.

He managed to come up with some of the big plays that helped him win a Heisman Trophy and two national titles at Florida, becoming the third player to throw a TD pass at least 30 yards and run for a score of at least 40 yards in the same game.

But he also did not look smooth throwing the ball, a big reason why many questioned former Denver coach Josh McDaniels for trading up to take Tebow in the first round of the draft. He finished 8 for 16 for 138 yards and ran for 78 more.

“You’re playing against the biggest, strongest, fastest, but at the end of the day it’s still playing football and so it wasn’t extremely different,” Tebow said.

The key play for the Raiders was Campbell’s short pass to Reece that turned into a game-breaker. Reece caught the ball near the line of scrimmage with open space in front of him. He juked David Bruton near midfield and raced the rest of the way to make it 30-20.

The Broncos responded with Steven Hauschka’s third field goal, but Quentin Groves tackled Correll Buckhalter in the end zone for a safety that put the Raiders back in control in their third straight win over Denver.

The Raiders took a 23-20 lead into the fourth quarter after Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal. The teams traded field goals earlier in the third with the Broncos settling for theirs after Lance Ball dropped a pass in the end zone.

Tebow turned two Raiders turnovers into touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard quarterback draw on third-and-24 when he ran through the middle of Oakland’s defense and then broke tackles from safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch.

Tebow then threw a ball up for grabs in the end zone that went through cornerback Stanford Routt’s hands and was caught by Brandon Lloyd for a 33-yard touchdown. Lloyd was originally ruled out of bounds, but the play was overturned on a replay challenge.

“He did what we expected of him,” Lloyd said. “He kept his poise, he kept his composure, even when it was tough out there. He didn’t have any of those situations where he called the wrong play. I was impressed.”

The Raiders got some big plays of their own, with Ford scoring on a 71-yard end around on Oakland’s first play from scrimmage and a 36-yard run by Darren McFadden setting up another touchdown.


Oakland tied the game at 17 late in the half after Syd’Quan Thompson muffed a punt by Janikowski, filling in for the injured Shane Lechler. Janikowski’s 49-yard field goal tied the game.

Notes: Kordell Stewart in 2000 and Michael Vick in 2002 are the only other players to have running and throwing TDs like Tebow’s. … Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno left in the first half with a side injury. … McFadden ran for 119 yards to reach 1,112 for the season, becoming the first Raiders back to top 1,000 since Justin Fargas in 2007. … Raiders DT Richard Seymour left in the second half with a strained hamstring.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (18)
  1. marty fiellding says:

    It’s TnT time!!!!

  2. Phillip Johnston says:

    Its a good thing we got Tebow so if Kyle Orton retires or gets traded we got a qb.

  3. Monkey says:

    Great Job Broncos….hum not ready yet thats all we heard from all the sports news team from Denver..HA HA HA ….looks like Tebow grew up today in front of all you naysayers…and in The Black Hole..Tebow see you inDenver next week we hope..Good luck also

  4. TOM B says:


    1. CJ Barr says:

      Who do you think was calling the plays there Tom B. You can only get the passing yards when the coaches call the plays. They were being way to conservative with Tebow. If you are going to put him in then let him play!! Coaches and defense were to blame, not Tebow, and I guarantee if Orton had been in there with the pressure, he would have at least thrown a couple of interceptions.

  5. tony g says:

    Tebow Time is here! Orton is not a leader or motivator. He isnt exciting to watch. TT can lead this team, he is the future and one of the only things mcdummy got right. You could just see and feel the excitement he created and that is what this team needs right NOW! Its great that Orton could pass for 400 yards and still lose.

  6. ls says:

    no doubt, give orton an early retirement and give us fans some excitement.

  7. Judyco says:

    Seems like he lost the game – couldn’t get it done. I’ll stick with Orton thank you.

    1. TebowTime says:

      Seems like Orton has lost a lot more games than Tebow has. You can have him!

    2. Michael says:

      How did Tebow lose the game? The pitiful defense and poor play calling lost the came.

  8. Steve says:

    This guy can run, but not throw. He is a good college QB, but I don’t think will be as good in NFL. He has no quick throw at all. Orton, come back quick.

    1. Um... says:

      What evidence do you have that he cannot throw? He made some very nice throws and even if you think hehas no “quick throw”, his escapeability more than compensates. Even still, I don’t buy that he doesn’t have a quick throw.
      Orton, please submit you preferneces as to where you would like to be traded… we cannot guarantee where you will go, but if the offers are right…

  9. john says:

    Give me a break! The problem is and always has been the defense or lack of. Poor tackling all year. Tebow looked pretty good but was restricted by too conservative game plan. Orton, if healthy would probably have won that game. The Denver LB’s and secondary are milk toast compared to others in the league, with the exception of Champ who always gives his all. If they’re going to keep starting Tebow, they mights as well start all the younger players on defense if there are any.

  10. Tommy says:

    The defense is the problem, not the QB’s. Several of the guys on “D” have had problems off the field, drunk driving, excessive gambling and debt and beating up women. All distractions to the team. Some of the guys on the team should be banned from the stadium on Sundays. Who needs those losers in our city or on the team. Tebo and Orton are both class guys, get off them both.

  11. at says:

    Kyle Orton is a Drunk and could not motivate anyone to leave a burning building.

  12. Smarter Than TV says:

    >>Tebow Scores Twice

    Tebow scored once. Even a nitwit could figure that out.

  13. Howard Nathan says:

    Why does every pro athlete these days needs to scream like a crazy person everytime they score a touchdown, make a tackle or strike out a batter to end the inning?

    Whatever happened to good sportsmanship?

  14. geeksrus says:

    The entire defense, with the exception of Champ Bailey, should be cut immediately! I am a Denver native and lifelong Broncos fan and I am here to tell you that, this year for sure, we SUCK! And the defense (or total lack thereof) is one of the big reasons. I still watch the games and I can state unequivocally that the ONLY player on defense who is still a total professional and gives 110% on EVERY PLAY is Champ Bailey. Give him a nice contract to finish his career here and dump the rest of those wannabes.

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