Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders snap 3 game skid edge Cowboys in OT 36-33

Las Vegas Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) got into the end zone on a carry in the second half of the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys on Thu Nov 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat reporter

It took about a month for the Las Vegas Raiders to get the taste of losing out of their mouths with an overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington 36-33 on Thursday night.

You’d have to go back to Sun Oct 24th when the Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 when they last won a game. After that game they had a bye week lost two key players to unforeseen circumstances in Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette during that week that could have knocked any team off the rails and make them miss an opportunity at post season.

The Raiders would lose three straight games to New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. After that Bengals loss critics really wonder when the Raiders would win another game. The wait wouldn’t be long. The victory against the Cowboys on Thursday night really gave the Silver and Black some light in their playoff hope tunnel as it were and at least looking to start playing close to get within striking distance of their opponents.

The Raiders held the lead for most of the game and to come away with a win like this against the Cowboys on a Thanksgiving Day you’d have to go all the way back to 1968 proceeding that year the Raiders lost the next two Thanksgiving dates with Dallas but got back in the win column in overtime Thursday after Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 29 yard overtime field goal to get the Raiders over the hump for the three point win.

For the Cowboys the loss marks their third loss in games when they went overtime and this is the sixth overtime game in Thanksgiving Day history. One of the key reasons why the Raiders won this game is the defense played such a key role in the first three quarters of the game the Raiders held the Cowboys to a single digit in scoring for each quarter. Each time the Cowboys would get close to the red zone the Raiders would close the gap on them and force a turnover.

The other cause for the loss was the four pass interference calls that Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown got while defending the Raiders. On the fourth interference call on Brown came in overtime that put the ball in great field position for Carlson to be able to kick the 29 yard winner and take the Raiders home.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also had a great afternoon under center throwing 24-39 for 373 yards passing getting one touchdown. Carr didn’t allow a turnover and held onto the rock when he got sacked two times. Carr avoided moving the chains and relied on his receivers including Desean Jackson whose made a difference. Jackson three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown.

The Cowboys falling against AFC West opponents like they did last Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-9. The Raiders jumped right in with a big lead in the beginning, keeping that lead all the way until almost the end of the game.

Carr had a tremendous leadership role in leading the team really the whole game in big third down conversions all game long. Jackson had a great game at receiver and seems to be fitting in really well with the Raiders in that one two tandem of wide receiver with Zay Jones. It seems to be working out at the wide receiver angle along with wide receiver Bryan Edwards who helped out with one reception and 12 yards.

The Raiders now will have ten days off and play the Washington Football Team (4-6) coming in to Allegiant Stadium in a real big game on Sun Dec 5th. For the Raiders who have their eye on trying to get a shot at post season. Washington had a four game losing streak going before winning two in a row against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) and Carolina Panthers (5-6). The Panthers being Washington’s most recent win.

Rich is a Raiders beat writer and join Rich Fridays for the Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.

Huestis King of the Block on the Farm as Stanford Rolls Past USC 80-59

By Matthew Harrington

At the time of the year when teams are piecing together the final bullet points of their March Madness resumes, the Stanford Cardinal did exactly what it needed to do Thursday night; It won. The 80-59 victory over visiting University of Southern California at Maples Pavilion didn’t captivate audiences like North Carolina’s stunner over Duke earlier in the evening, but Stanford still managed to finish just good enough to come out ahead against the Trojans (10-16, 1-12), firmly entrenched in the Pac-12 standings cellar, to continue to roll towards an at-large bid in the big dance.

The Cardinal shooting touch appeared to be more or a flail Thursday, as Stanford (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) finished 28 of 69 from the floor, including a lackluster 2 of 19 from beyond the three-point line. Stanford turned that negative into a positive however, besting USC in the rebound battle 45-40. Stanford’s tenacious forward Josh Huestis led the boards barrage, picking up almost half (7) of the Cardinal’s 18 offensive rebounds. USC finished with 10 off their own glass. The Cardinal owned the turnover battle, forcing 18 Trojan errors to 7 of its own.

For Huestis, the night proved a memorable one as the senior stalwart notched a double-double with 11 points and while setting a new career-best in rebounds with 18. With his denial of a Strahinja Gavrilovic lay up two minutes into play the Great Falls, Mont. native moved past Tim Young as the Cardinal all-time blocks leader. Huestis finished the night with three rejections for a career total of 169, two more than Young.

Along with Huestis, three of Stanford’s other four starters hit double-digits in scoring, with guards Anthony Brown (13) and Chasson Randle (18) joining forward Dwight Powell (14) on the list of scorers with ten-plus points. USC guard Pe’Shon Howard led the Trojans with 13 points, while Julian Jacobs chipped in 11. The Trojans were without junior guard Byron Wesley, team leader in scoring (17.6) and rebounds (6.9) due to a violation of team rules.

The Cardinal suffered an early scare when USC’s Strahinja Gavrilovic fouled Powell hard in the head at the 5:36 mark of the first. Powell would leave the game but ultimately returned with about seven minutes left in the half sporting a headband wrapped around some stitches and a new number. Powell’s traditional 33 jersey, now blood-soaked, was shed in favor of one with a 32 stitched on back.

The preeminent fear after Powell’s injury was a continuation of dismal first-half shooting display as the Cardinal only hit 10 of 35 field goals in the first 20 minutes. They managed to hold a 32-23 at the half on the strength of their ability to force turnovers, nab offensive rebounds and a six-point outburst from Powell’s injury sub, Robbie Lemons.

The Cardinal finished the final 20 minutes with a much better shooting performance by outscoring the visitors 48-36, including a stretch where the Trojans were limited to one basket and three free throws made. With Stanford leading 51-42 7 minutes in to the half, the Cardinal went on a dominant 21-8 run till Roschon Prince hit a lay up with 4:17 left in regulation. Stanford coasted from there on out for the 80-59 win to sweep the season series against their Southern California rivals.

Next on the schedule is the University of California Los Angeles for a Saturday tilt at Maples, game number two of the remaining four games at home. The Cardinal also have two road games sandwiched between Saturday’s contest and a return home March 5th against Colorado, the final two-game home stretch of the campaign.

With No Bench Support, Cardinal Falls in Pac-12 Opener to Rival Cal

By Matthew Harrington

The Stanford Cardinal’s greatest strength proved to be its greatest weakness in a Thursday evening 69-62 loss to rivals University of California Berkeley. Stanford’s starters, who produce one of the best totals in the nation of 66.9 points per game, provided all of the scoring for the Cardinal (9-4) in the defeat to open up Pac-12 play with a loss to their cross-bay foes Cal (10-4).

The Cardinal starting five once against consisted of Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown at the guard positions and Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in the frontcourt, the 13th straight time coach Johnny Dawkins penciled in this starting unit. Powell, the only player in white to make more than half of the baskets he attempted, paced the Cardinal with 16 points before fouling out in the second half. Randle (15) and Brown (14) finished right behind the forward in points on a night where the bench provided no support.

Golden Bears guard Tyrone Wallace dropped a game-high 20 points on 6 of 13 from the field, including four three-pointers, while forward Richard Solomon (14) and Justin Cobb (18) also cracked double-digits for the victors. Cal made 42.1 percent of field goals to Stanford’s 41.4, with Berkeley narrowly out-rebounding the Cardinal 37-35.

The Cardinal raced out to an early eight-point, 12-4 lead on a pair of Anthony Brown free throws 3:45 in but the Golden Bears clawed back, outscoring Stanford 17-6 over the next four minutes. Cal ultimately took the lead after Richard Solomon nailed two free throws to give the visitors a 19-18 lead 7:45 into play. They would go on to outscore Stanford 18-13 for the remainder of the first half to boast a 37-31 lead at the half.

Cal continued distancing itself from the Cardinal, allowing consecutive Stanford baskets only once in the opening ten minutes of the second frame for a 51-45 lead. Stanford responded with a 10-3 run for its first lead in over 26:34 of game time when Randle nailed a jumper with just under six minutes to play. Dwight Powell chipped in a free throw with 5:17 remaining to give Stanford its biggest lead of the half 56-54.

With Stanford’s Nastic and Powell watching from the bench after each fouling out in the closing minutes, the Golden Bears outscored their hosts 13-6, including an unanswered eight points just after Stanford wrestled the Cal lead away. A Justin Cobb jumper, 2 of the guard’s 11 second-half points, iced the game 67-62 with 25 seconds left. Randle lost the handle on a dribble while taking the ball down court on the next play, turning the ball over to the Golden Bears with 22 seconds on the clock. Cobb then added a pair from the charity stripe to close out the game.

For Stanford, the loss against Cal at Maples Pavilion is its first since March of 2010. The Cardinal entered play amidst a stretch that saw it dominate Berkeley at home with 18 wins in the previous 20 contests in Palo Alto. Stanford  will have a chance to bounce back in Pac-12 when they square off against Oregon State in Corvallis on January 9th before a trip to Eugene to face no. 10 Oregon January 12.