Raiders tear page out of Redskins' old book in 20-8 triumph

September 11, 1995|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins remembered the

way they once were yesterday.

They watched the Oakland Raiders do the things they once did in their Super Bowl days.

The Raiders, using a variation of the old Joe Gibbs Redskins offense that former Washington assistant coach Joe Bugel installed this year, put together drives of 89 and 80 yards while beating the Redskins, 20-8, before 54,548 fans at RFK Stadium.

Offensive tackle Jim Lachey and guard Ray Brown, two of the seven Redskins left from the Gibbs days, couldn't help noticing how familiar the Raiders' offense was.

Brown said he told Lachey on the sidelines: "Jim, this is all Buges. Man, they're running the counter, they've got big linemen playing in the up stance and running the ball and they're hitting it up there with the gut."

Raiders owner Al Davis let new head coach Mike White and Bugel, the assistant head coach for offense, scrap the old Raiders' long-ball game

for the power, ball-control game that was the Redskins' signature offense in the Gibbs days.

Bugel said: "A lot of it is a carry-over from Washington. That's your roots. Those were great days. Those are the things you remember the best."

The Redskins, meanwhile, are running the Dallas offense that former Cowboys coordinator Norv Turner installed when he became the Redskins head coach last year. But it's not the same without Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.

The Raiders rushed for 153 yards, with Harvey Williams getting 84, and Jeff Hostetler completed 22 of 29 passes. The Redskins couldn't get a pass rush on him, and Hostetler picked apart their zone.

The Raiders had a 34:03-25:57 edge in time of possession, starting off with an 18-play, 89-yard drive that took 11:09, although the Raiders had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Cole Ford.

Even though they were moving the ball, the Raiders had trouble scoring and were trailing 6-3 before Ford tied it 6-6 with a 34-yard field goal in the third period.

The 58-yard scoring drive on that field goal was helped by a 15-yard penalty against Tim Johnson, for retaliating against an Oakland player who poked him in the eye.

Defensive coordinator Ron Lynn

said: "I can understand why Tim did it, but I don't want it to happen again. That's not unusual for the Raiders. It's part of their intimidation deal."

Terry Allen, who had 49 yards on 16 carries after 131 last week, fumbled on the first play of the next drive, and the Raiders recovered on the Redskins' 40 to set up the touchdown drive that made it 13-6.

On their next drive, the Raiders marched 80 yards for the touchdown that gave them a 20-6 lead.

Henry Ellard killed the Redskins' next drive with a fumble, and the Redskins had their last shot on the next one.

They moved 69 yards to the Raiders' 1. On fourth down, they tried to fool the Raiders with a misdirection counter play. But the Raiders

guessed right and jumped outside to stuff Allen for a 2-yard loss with 3:10 left.

It was that kind of day for the Redskins, who committed three turnovers.

"I'm obviously disappointed, but I'm certainly not going to hang my head," Turner said of the loss that left the Redskins with a 1-1 start for the third straight year.

Gus Frerotte, filling in for ailing Heath Shuler, passed for 272 yards and was intercepted once late in the game, but didn't get the team in the end zone.

Frerotte described his play as "fair." He said: "I played pretty good. I tried to be smart with the ball and not force anything."

Rookie Michael Westbrook caught five passes, but couldn't haul in two others he had his hands on, including one bomb in the end zone when he turned around too soon.

"I'm learning every day," Westbrook said when he was asked if it was a learning experience.

The Redskins also suffered two major injuries -- cornerback Tom Carter went out with a pulled hamstring, and offensive guard Tre Johnson suffered a sprained ankle.

They both hope to play next week, but Carter's injury is more of a concern, because the Redskins already lost third corner Muhammad Oliver for the season with a knee

injury. If Carter is not ready next week, they'll have to play the Denver Broncos' John Elway without two of their top three

cornerbacks.

Lynn said: "I don't know what other problems you could have other than the coach gets hit by a lightning bolt on the sidelines."

Oakland .. 0 3 10 7 20

Washington 0 3 3 .2 8

Second quarter

OakFG Ford 19, :02.

WasFG Murray 21, 4:55.

Third quarter

WasFG Murray 43, 2:40.

OakFG Ford 34, 4:57.

OakGlover 1 pass from Hostetler (Ford kick), 10:45.

Fourth quarter

OakFenner 8 pass from Hostetler (Ford kick), 4:05.

WasSafety, Brownlow blocked punt out of end zone, 13:06.

A54,548.

.... .... .... .... .... .... Oak .... .... .... .... .... Was

First downs .... .... .... .. 25 .... .... .... .... ..... 15

Rushes-yards .... .... ... .. 36-153 .... .... .... ...... 24-98

Passing .... .... .... ... .. 205 .... .... .... .... .... 260

Punt Returns .... .... ... .. 0-0 .... .... .... .... .... 1-19

Kickoff Returns .... .... ... 3-70 .... .... .... .... ... 5-121

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