Raiders 30, Colts 17
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ It took the NFL’s oldest active player to bring some old-style Raider football back to Oakland.
Temporarily shelving their new finesse game, the Raiders used big plays from 40-year-old backup Vince Evans and rookie Napoleon Kaufman to beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-17 on Sunday.
Evans, starting for the injured Jeff Hostetler, threw scoring passes of 73 and 46 yards to Raghib Ismail. Kaufman returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score and Jeff Jaegar added field goals of 28, 24 and 35 yards for Oakland (6-2).
Evans was 23 of 35 for 335 yards, the first 300-yard game of his 16-year NFL career. Ismail had 125 yards on three receptions, his biggest NFL game.
Marshall Faulk had touchdown runs of 7 and 9 yards for Indianapolis (4-3), while Cary Blanchard added a 25-yard field goal.
Jim Harbaugh, who came into the game as the league’s top-rated quarterback, was 17 of 25 for 202 yards for Indianapolis.
The new Raiders, who have used a no-huddle, ball-control offense based on short passes, were forgotten for the day with Hostetler out with a fractured cartilage around his windpipe.
Evans took the Raiders back a generation, to the big-play bullies of the 1970s. Oakland recovered two fumbles, had four sacks and was penalized nine times for 65 yards in a game that featured several fights.
There were two turnovers in the game’s opening three plays. Faulk fumbled on the Colts’ first play, and Harvey Williams fumbled the ball right back two plays later.
Indianapolis opened the scoring on Blanchard’s field goal, but the Colts’ lead lasted just 16 seconds _ long enough for Kaufman to take the ensuing kickoff, head left and cut back right to go virtually untouched for the TD.
The Colts regained the lead with an 80-yard drive that culminated in Faulk’s 7-yard score. Harbaugh missed three plays of the drive while recovering from a sack, but came back to throw a 52-yard pass to Sean Dawkins to set up the touchdown.
Jaeger’s 28-yard field goal completed a 13-play, 86-yard drive and tied the game 10-10 just before halftime.
Evans’ 46-yard pass to Ismail in the end zone gave Oakland the lead on its first series of the second half. Evans raised his arms in triumph while lying on the ground.
Jaeger added a 24-yard field goal. The Colts then pulled within 20-17 on Faulk’s 9-yard scoring run, completing a drive helped by two Oakland penalties.
On the next play from scrimmage, Ismail outjumped Eugene Daniel and outran another defender to score on a 73-yard pass play. Jaeger’s third field goal came after Ben Bronson fumbled a punt at the Indianapolis 26.