Three and Out: Woodson's message to offense; Pryor's TD set tone
OAKLAND – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor fooled just about everybody on the first snap of Sunday’s game. That included his teammates.
Considering how many men swarmed Darren McFadden, center Stefen Wisniewski assumed the star running back had possession. He didn’t.
“I heard the crowd roar and then I looked at D-Mac, and I thought it was weird for the crowd to be going nuts for a 6-yard run,” Wisniewski said. “Then I looked up and saw Pryor all by himself headed for the end zone. I knew nobody was going to catch him.”
Pryor’s 93-yard touchdown run set a franchise record for longest run from scrimmage and was the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history.
More important, it set the tone for Sunday’s 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“That was amazing,” right guard Mike Brisiel said. “It got the crowd involved early and got our team going. It was an outstanding play call, and we were as prepared as possible, and everything went right.
“I don’t think anyone was close to catching him. He’s a dadgum gazelle out there. He broke free, and that was all she wrote.”
Rod Streater made the key block that let Pryor loose. Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu didn’t bite on the handoff that wasn’t, and he was waiting for Pryor to come around the right edge. Streater engaged and held strong long enough for Pryor to sneak.
Once he reached open field, nobody was going to catch him. Pryor turned on the jets and scored a touchdown vital to the outcome.
The Raiders coaching staff decided to run that read-option play first on Saturday night, hoping that it would give Pryor some early confidence. It worked better than the Raiders could’ve hoped.
“We wanted to give Terrelle a chance to get in the flow of the game and give him some easy plays to start things out,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “He did a great job of making the right read. When you execute the play and read it out properly, you have a chance to get some explosive plays. I’m glad he was able to run it for 93 yards. That (kid’s) pretty fast.”