Pryor Closing the Gap

By Chris Lauderback on August 24, 2013 at 9:49a
TP: still freakishly athletic, unorthodox

After current #1 Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn was pulled late in the 2nd quarter for stinking up the joint with two interceptions in six attempts and just two total 1st downs, Terrelle Pryor came in and gave the Oakland offense a shot in the arm.

Finally allowed to change his number from 6 to 2, Pryor sparked the Raider offense leading them on a field goal drive to end the half.

Pryor was even better in the 3rd quarter as he led the Raiders on a five play, 55 yard scoring drive capped by a nifty 25 yard gallop for six. Before the scamper, Pryor connected with Rod Streater for 19 yards on 2nd and 14 following an athletic scramble to buy time. 

A few possessions later, Pryor would find TE Nick Kasa for a 19 yard touchdown on 3rd and 16 cutting the deficit to 27-20 before he was pulled for the night.

Overall, Pryor connected on 7/9 passes for 93 yards and added another 37 on the ground. The Raiders scored 20 points on his five drives of action. 


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Brutus's picture

I stopped being a real fan of the NFL once Marino retired. Now I just watch if it's a great match up or if I have a vested fantasy interest.  Living in the bay area, I have the 49ers and Raiders constantly forced down my throat. Didn't mind so much during that 5 game stretch that Troy Smith got to start for the 49ers. If Pryor wins the starting job, I'll be hopping aboard the Raider Nation bandwagon as well.

moopdawg's picture

I'm right with you, bro.  I live in the south bay, and it would be nice to hear some positive talk on the radio and the streets about a Buckeye QB.  I might even have to go to a Raider game this season.

pjtobin's picture

I thought I was the only one to quit watching the nfl once Marino retired!! And both of us Buckeyes, that's freaky!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Flynn losing his job two years in a row to the "slow" athletes from the BigTen. I'm sure he didn't think anything like this would happen when he left Green Bay.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Charlene's picture

I have not been a Pryor fan since the tattoo people thing, but he played better than the other QB's and has earned the next start. I can respect him as a player.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

But... but... but... HE PLAYED IN THE SEC! You HAVE to start him because of that reason alone!

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Ahh Saturday's picture

What gap?  The one between Mark Davis' ears?

Poison nuts's picture

Oakland fans are a passionate bunch. They're going to want Pryor starting after this, and they're going to be vocal about it. After that type of show, I'm not sure you can justify not giving him the starting job.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Poison, saying those fans are passionate is like saying Hoke is "big boned."

Poison nuts's picture

Haha - yeah, they are "extremely vigorous" to say the least...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

gumtape's picture

It is not just the fans. If you put Flynn in you lose all credibility in your own locker room.

High and tight boo boo

Poison nuts's picture


"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckz4evr's picture

He lifted the spirits, not only of the fans, but the players on the sideline.  Five minutes after his TD run, they were still congratulating him.  It was good to see.

Paulillo's picture

That TD run was sweet! Really hope he gets the starting nod.

xrox's picture

I love how the announcers go from absolute depression to excitement throughout that clip.

Brutus's picture

I'm biased because I end up listening to those announcers a lot, but Greg Papa and Tom Flores are among the best out there in my opinion.  Papa in particular has some signature phrases that can make anything exciting.  And Tom Flores is kind of the dopey color man that laughs at everything.  You can't help but to like him.

lamplighter's picture

I was a Raiders fan back in the old AFL days (the Mad Bomber Lamonica and company).  While the Browns are for some reason #1, it would be nice to see a resurgence of the Silver and Black.  Especially with a Big 10 guy at the helm

Buckeye1996's picture

I forgot how fast Pryor really he can move for a big dude.

Borrowed Time's picture

those throws look good too

J.Mo's picture

Pryor is going to light it up this season....

gravey's picture

The Raiders O-line is probably the worst in the NFL.  They'll need a QB that can run for his life.  I want to see Pryor start, but this is the kind of starting job that will end your career or ruin your reputation.  It's a lose-lose situation.  It's too bad the Raiders didn't get a coach that could properly use TP.   

avail31678's picture

I was just thinking that about the line.  He had to scramble like every play!

Earle's picture

The Raiders really have nothing to lose by seeing what Pryor can do this year. Clearly Matt Flynn isn't the answer.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

An article about the kid who is dead to me?  JK ... I'll get over what he did to our program some day.  A lot of blame has to go to the NCAA who WAY overreacted to the whole tattoo's for autographs incident IMHO.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Haybucks's picture

I don't see much difference between TP and JM.  We'll have to wait to see if Mark Emmert feels the same way.  Pryor was exciting the 3 good years he was here, even if the records only show 2.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I think he has really changed since his trouble at OSU and having to sit in the NFL. Hope he gets the starting job.

Idaho Helga's picture

Best of luck to Pryor!   And frankly I don't like Oakland!

buckeyedude's picture

I haven't watched much NFL since the Browns were challenging for conference championships in the 1990s. I may start following the Raiders. Would love to see Pryor do well. (as well as all Buckeyes now playing in the NFL).
Anybody hear anything lately on Sanzenbacher in Cincy?



JozyMozy's picture

He's got a great shot to make the 53 over Ryan Whalen, mostly due to special teams contributions. I'm thrilled. 

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I will admit, I still frequently wear my number 2 jersey (obviously supporting Rod Smith and Christian Bryant) to the games. But I know that once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. And we tend to have a forgiving nature, especially if you're put your heart and body on the line for us over the years. It will definitely take some time, but I could definitely see Terelle taking the path of Maurice Clarett, realizing with age and maturity that he made mistakes. So I won't outwardly cheer for him, but inside I hope he comes around. 

Knarcisi's picture

Gap is ...widening.