49ers 28, Raiders 21
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Reserve tight end John Frank caught two touchdown passes Saturday night as the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Raiders 28-21 in a National Football League preseason opener for both teams.
Frank was on the receiving end of a 9-yard scoring pass from starting San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana with 13 seconds left in the first half and caught a 2-yarder from reserve signal-caller Scott Barry late in the third quarter to snap a 7-7 tie and put the 49ers ahead to stay.
The 49ers needed to move only five yards on three plays for the go-ahead touchdown, which came with 2:19 left in the third quarter. Linebacker Carl Keever had recovered a fumble by Los Angeles quarterback Marc Wilson to put San Francisco deep in Raiders’ territory.
The 49ers extended their lead to two touchdowns a short time later, taking advantage of another fumble recovery.
On the kickoff after the Barry-to-Frank scoring pass, the Raiders’ Sammy Seale fumbled and Derrick Harmon recovered for San Francisco at the Los Angeles 31.
The 49ers needed six plays to cover the 31 yards with Ricky Moore scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 20 seconds gone in the fourth quarter.
A 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by rookie San Francisco cornerback Charles Huff, of a pass thrown by rookie Los Angeles quarterback Rusty Hilger with 5:59 to play, completed the 49ers’ scoring.
The Raiders got their second touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the game when rookie safety Dwayne Green returned a fumble by Moore 42 yards for a Los Angeles score. And the Raiders completed the scoring with 1:29 remaining on a 1-yard plunge by rookie Ronnie James.
The 49ers moved 55 yards in eight plays in the waning seconds of the first half to break a scoreless deadlock.
The Raiders tied the game at 7-7 with 9:57 left in the third quarter on a 35-yard scoring pass from Wilson to wide receiver Dokie Williams, capping a 60-yard, three-play drive.