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News

Raiders Fall to Vikings 10-6 in Minnesota

Posted Aug 8, 2014

QB Matt McGloin scrambled for a TD late in the game but it wasn't enough as penalties and an interception derailed the Silver and Black.


QB Matt McGloin led the Raiders to their lone score of the night. AP Photo

RB Latavius Murray returned K Blair Walsh’s opening kickoff to the Oakland 20. The Raiders went three and out and P Marquette King’s punt was returned to the Minnesota 30.

The Vikings started with Matt Cassel at quarterback. RB Matt Asiata capped a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge and the Vikings took a 7-0 lead with 8:27 left in the 1st quarter.

The ensuing kickoff flew out of the back of the end zone for a touchback and the Raiders started at the 20. The Raiders went three and out after another drive hampered by a penalty and King came on to punt.  WR Adam Theilen returned the punt to the Vikings 46.

The Raiders defense finally forced a Walsh field goal attempt. The 30-yard kick was good and the Vikings led 10-0 with 54 seconds left in the 1st quarter.

Murray fielded the ensuing kickoff in the end zone and took a knee for a touchback. The Raiders started at the 20. The Raiders managed one first down on a 23-yard burst from RB Darren McFadden before King was called on to punt a third time.

Theilen returned King’s punt to the Minnesota 43. LB Sio Moore’s sack of rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater forced a punt. P Jeff Locke’s punt was fair caught by WR Denarius Moore at the Raiders 11.

Rookie Derek Carr entered the game at quarterback for the Silver and Black. Carr’s promising first drive ended when a pass bounced off the hands of FB Jamize Olawale was intercepted by S Kurt Coleman and returned to the Vikings 39.

The Raiders defense held and forced a Locke punt. The Vikings were unable to down the punt at the Raiders 1 and the play was ruled a touchback. Carr and the Raiders offense took over at the 20 with 1:48 left in the 2nd quarter.

The Raiders were unable to mount a scoring drive and punted the ball back to the Vikings. The Raiders forced a three-and-out and Locke came on to punt with 19 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. WR Denarius Moore fielded the punt and was dropped at the Raiders 19. Carr took and knee and the Vikings took a 10-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“Well, we’ve got to clean up our play. We had too many mistakes. The penalties are killing us right now, especially on third down. We had a couple of chances to get off the field and we had penalties on defense," Head Coach Dennis Allen said at halftime. "Offensively, we started our first two drives of the game, on the first play we get a penalty and it puts us in a backed up situation. We’ve got to clean that up. We’ve got to clean the penalties up. I’ve seen some good things but the penalties are really hurting us right now.”

RB Jerick McKinnon returned the K Sebastian Janikowski’s 3rd quarter kickoff 28 yards to the 22. The Vikings settled for a 53-yard Walsh field goal attempt, which went wide right. The Raiders took over at the Oakland 43.

The Raiders drive stalled and King came on to punt. King’s punt was downed at the Minnesota 7. After yielding a couple of first downs, DE Ryan Robinson and DT Ricky Lumpkin combined for a sack that forced a punt. The 31-yard punt was downed at the Raiders 25.

The teams traded punts late in the 3rd quarter. Matt McGloin entered the game at quarterback for the Raiders with 1:05 left in the 3rd. The Raiders drove into Minnesota territory and settled for a 44-yard K Kevin Goessling field goal attempt. The kick was blocked and Minnesota took over at the 15.

The Raiders forced a Locke punt. WR Greg Jenkins called for and made a fair catch at the Oakland 32. McGloin appeared to have something going but the drive fizzled and King came on to punt. King’s punt rolled dead at the Vikings 12.

The Raiders held the Vikings to a three and out and Locke came on to put deep in his own end. The Raiders took over at their 44 after a punt and a penalty. McGloin scored on an 11-yard scramble to get the Raiders on the board. The two-point conversion failed and the Raiders trailed 10-6 with 1:25 left in the game.

McKinnon returned the pooch kick to the 15. The Raiders forced a three-and-out and Locke came on to punt with 26 seconds left in the game.  Jenkins called for and made a fair catch at the Oakland 34.

The Raiders Hail Mary attempt was batted down as time expired and the Vikings secured the win. The Raiders return home to face the Lions Friday night at O.co Coliseum.