Doug Kapustin MCT Baltimore's Sam Koch catches Oakland off guard, scoring on a seven-yard run on a fake field-goal attempt in the third quarter.

Trickery adds to Oakland misery

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - 6:19 am

BALTIMORE – The Raiders mostly shrugged off a third-quarter trick play that resulted in a touchdown for Baltimore, which already led by 24.

Holder Sam Koch ran seven yards on a fake field-goal attempt to put the Ravens ahead 48-17 en route to a 55-20 victory Sunday.

"Nothing surprised me," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said. "Our job is to stop them."

Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly asked a reporter, "You're up 40-something in the third quarter – would you run a fake field goal?" When the reporter responded "No," Kelly said, "OK. But at the end of the day, we've got to stop it. So that's all that matters."

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said the fake was put in during the week if the Raiders presented a specific alignment.

"The thinking was it was an overload look," Harbaugh said. "They've got eight guys on one side of the formation, and if it's inside the 10-yard line and they give you that formation, then we're going to take it."

Koch, the Ravens' punter, ran slightly to his left and went untouched into the end zone. He said he didn't notice if the Raiders were upset.

"Not that I know of," Koch said. "I was too busy doing high-fives and spiking the ball."

Backfield in transition – With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out because of sprained ankles, Marcel Reece (13 carries for 48 yards) and recently promoted practice squad player Jeremy Stewart (seven carries for 22 yards) got most of the work in the Raiders' backfield.

Taiwan Jones carried just twice for six yards and caught one pass for seven yards. Allen cited Jones' injuries and ball-security issues as reasons he played sparingly.

"We have to know when he goes into the game, he's going to know what to do and he's going to protect the football and he's got to be able to stay healthy," Allen said. "As he improves those things, he'll get more playing time."

Jones hoped for more carries but said he is responsible for his playing time.

"It's my job to earn their trust," Jones said. "All I can do is give them all I've got and practice hard."

Bouncing his way to the end zone – Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey bounced off All-Pro safety Ed Reed to complete a 55-yard touchdown reception from Carson Palmer in the second quarter.

"Carson threw it on faith because we had been working on that – just to be there at the same time," Heyward-Bey said. "I saw Ed Reed coming down, so I kind of protected myself, and I didn't go down, so I just went for the end zone."

Reed left the game with a stinger that isn't believed to be serious.

Step backward – On their first possession, the Raiders faced a fourth and one at the Baltimore 44 and decided to go for the first down.

But guard Mike Brisiel stepped on Palmer's foot as he dropped back to pass. Palmer fell and took a four-yard sack.

"I knew against this team, we were going to have to steal a possession somewhere down the line," Allen said. "(Carson) got stepped on, and we didn't get the play like we needed to."

The Ravens used the field position from the missed gamble to set up Justin Tucker's 48-yard field goal.

Et cetera – Safety Michael Huff left the game because of a calf injury, and safety Matt Giordano and tight end Brandon Myers suffered concussions. It was Myers' second concussion of the season.

• The Raiders have lost six consecutive games in the Eastern time zone, with games remaining at Cincinnati (Nov. 25) and Carolina (Dec. 23).

• Matt Leinart made his Raiders debut, replacing Palmer with 5:59 to play, and threw one incomplete pass.

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