Harrison, Defense Lead Steelers In 35-3 Rout Of Raiders

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – James Harrison caused two turnovers that Ben Roethlisberger turned into touchdown passes and the Steelers went on to rout the Oakland Raiders 35-3 on Sunday at Heinz Field for their seventh win of the season.

Harrison led a defense that drove Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell from the game, and finished with five tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

The former AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year also was called for a penalty for slamming Campbell to the turf as the quarterback was throwing a pass.

The Steelers started the game on offense, but the Raiders forced a three-and-out.

On Oakland’s first possession, two Pittsburgh penalties helped them get into field goal range.

Sebastian Janikowski connected from 41 yards to put the Raiders up 3-0 with just under 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Roethlisberger hooked up with Mewelde Moore for seven yards on third down from the 12-yard line to move the chains.

On the next play, Rashard Mendenhall capped off a 14-play, 85-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run.

Steelers fans gave a raucous cheer after newly-acquired kicker, Shaun Suisham, converted the extra point to put the Steelers ahead 7-3.

Roethlisberger finished with three touchdown passes and also ran for another. He threw scoring passes of 52 yards to Mike Wallace, 22 yards to rookie Emmanuel Sanders and 16 yards to Isaac Redman.

Pittsburgh forced Oakland to go three-and-out on their next possession. After a 48-yard punt, Antonio Brown returned it 67 yards for a touchdown. However, two flags were thrown during the return and the touchdown was called back.

With just over four minutes to play in the first half, Roethlisberger called his own number to put the Steelers up 14-3.

Facing a third-and-five from the 16-yard line, Big Ben dropped back to pass. Seeing no one open and a running lane, Roethlisberger took off and dove into the endzone to extend the lead.

On the ensuing drive, Louis Murphy reeled in a pass from Campbell, but Ike Taylor knocked it loose and the Steelers recovered at Oakland’s 35-yard line.

With 1:26 left in the half, Roethlisberger found Sanders for a touchdown to put the Steelers up 21-3.

After the score, Raiders’ defensive tackle, Richard Seymour, was ejected for shoving Roethlisberger to the ground. Big Ben was slow to get up, but was able to make it to the sidelines under his own power.

The Steelers built on their lead early in the fourth quarter when Wallace caught a Roethlisberger pass for another touchdown and a 28-3 lead.

With just over a minute to play, Roethlisberger got a pass to Redman, who then scored his first career touchdown to cap off the game. Suisham’s extra point put the Steelers up 35-3 to complete the rout.

Next week, the Steelers hit the road for a game against the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. on Nov. 28.

  • Patty Greene

    I was wondering with the new way they are playing football, where do I sigh up. I could very easily do Jeff Reed,s job. And yes, I am a woman!!! They way they play, women are going to want ot join up.

  • Bob

    I’m watching the game on KDKA and for some reason the audio has the stadium sounds but now announcers. It’s actaully better this way; they should do it every week!

    Unfortunately the commercials have full sound.

  • Bob

    That’s “no announcers”. Can’t type today.

  • Wilson

    Tomlin is useless. He and three other steeler coaches vshould have been thrown out of the game in the first quarter.

    • Graham


    • Dee

      Why? I am not sure I am following. It was just said today that Tomlin is the only coach to start 6-2 every year of his tenure. If that is useless, then not sure what useful is…

  • SeattleSteelersFan

    The refs are terrible….one ridiculous call after another.

  • Patty Greene

    I think I need to reword my comment. I mean the way the players are being fined and called for penalties, it makes me want to apply. You can’t hit anyone without being fined ot penalized.

  • Matthew Ritchie

    that was the worst officiated game i have wittnessed in my 35 years of watching football. i seriously believe the steelers are being targeted by the referees.

    • DJS

      I absolutely agree ! Some of the calls were completely out of line ! Sure a few calls were right on target but many – no way !!!!!!!!

  • local

    Who cares people, it is only a game.

    • Dangram

      If it is only a game and you don’t care….why are you on the site?

  • John Cochran

    the refs suck half of those calls were wrong the raiders got away with alot but the steelers are +1 and thats right

  • John Cochran

    the steelers are the best


    the refs we`re dispicable todays game allmost everyone of there calls should have been football LET THE PLAYERS PLAY!!!!

  • Dee

    I agree about the refs. It SEEMS Pitts may be targeted, especially Harrison. But watching some other games later today, same odd calls. It has become the players against the league on this one. Great win Steeelrs….glad to see us put points up and not one of those barely get out of there alive games!

  • Nick H

    Seymour should work for the TSA >:(

  • Honey L.Malik

    Way to go Steelersssssssssssssssssssss& god Bless America

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