OAKLAND, Calif. - The Washington Redskins again went into the fourth quarter with a lead. Whether it was playing against JaMarcus Russell and the Oakland Raiders or their own resiliency, the Redskins were able to hold on to this lead and end a string of three straight fourth-quarter collapses.
Jason Campbell threw two touchdown passes to give Washington the lead, Quinton Ganther extended it with two fourth-quarter scores and Brian Orakpo helped secure the 34-13 victory yesterday by tying a franchise record with four sacks.
"This seemed like a long time coming," coach Jim Zorn said. "We had been so close in the last couple games."
The Redskins (4-9) had lost three straight, blowing leads of six, eight and 10 points. Those losses came against Dallas, the Eagles, and New Orleans, not the bottom-dwelling Raiders (4-9).
"I just can't tell you how excited I am for our players," Zorn said.
Washington took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter this week, but just built on it from there.
Oakland had won two of three, led by fourth-quarter comebacks by Bruce Gradkowski, who replaced an ineffective Russell as the Raiders quarterback last month but was injured in this game.
There would be no such comeback this week. Ganther capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-13. Russell threw an interception to LaRon Landry on the next play and Ganther scored on a 1-yard run four plays later.
The Redskins then teed off on Russell, getting six of their eight sacks in the second half. It was the most sacks for Washington since getting eight against Dallas in 1990. It was also the team's most lopsided win since a 21-point victory over Dallas in Joe Gibbs' final regular-season game in 2007.
"We had heard that Russell's just had a tough time, and you could tell when he stepped on the field and the crowd started booing," Washington defensive end Andre Carter said. "To go through that and play through that level of environment, I can't imagine. But as a defense, we can't show mercy. We've got to get to him, and that's what we did."
Washington 7 10 0 17 – 34
Oakland 3 7 3 0 – 13
Oak–FG Janikowski 34, 4:12.
Was–Davis 6 pass from Campbell (Gano kick), :13.
Oak–Fargas 1 run (Janikowski kick), 11:14.
Was–FG Gano 46, 7:27.
Was–Davis 17 pass from Campbell (Gano kick), :56.
Oak–FG Janikowski 54, 8:49.
Was–Ganther 1 run (Gano kick), 11:22.
Was–Ganther 1 run (Gano kick), 9:42.
Was–FG Gano 41, 2:47.
First downs 21 15
Total Net Yards 295 227
Rushes-yards 27-100 24-65
Passing 195 162
Punt Returns 2-0 4-47
Kickoff Returns 3-71 5-109
Interceptions Ret. 1-(-1) 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 16-28-0 20-34-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-27 8-65
Punts 5-46.6 6-49.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-0
Penalties-Yards 7-45 14-118
Time of Possession 27:53 32:07
Rushing: Washington, Ganther 14-50, Mason 6-32, Campbell 4-20, Moss 1-2, Cartwright 1-0, D.Thomas 1-(minus 4). Oakland, Fargas 9-21, McFadden 8-21, Gradkowski 3-16, Murphy 2-9, G.Russell 2-(minus 2).
Passing: Washington, Campbell 16-28-0-222. Oakland, Gradkowski 10-18-0-153, J.Russell 10-16-1-74.
Receiving: Washington, Moss 4-58, Davis 3-50, Ganther 3-43, D.Thomas 2-38, Kelly 1-10, Mason 1-9, Cartwright 1-8, Randle El 1-6. Oakland, Z.Miller 7-46, McFadden 3-84, Higgins 3-35, G.Russell 2-22, Schilens 2-20, Murphy 1-8, Fargas 1-6, Myers 1-6.