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Oakland Wins Battle Of the Downtrodden

Monday, December 20, 2004; Page D10

RAIDERS 40

TITANS 35

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 19 -- The Raiders and Titans sure made it seem like these fallen franchises were playing for something meaningful.

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Kerry Collins threw for 371 yards and matched his career high with five touchdown passes, hitting Jerry Porter for three scores and outdueling Billy Volek in Oakland's 40-35 victory Sunday, which sent Tennessee to its fourth straight loss.

Though Volek had the second-best passing day in franchise history with 492 yards and threw for four touchdowns, the Titans' defense gave up big plays all afternoon. Volek also scored on a one-yard run with 1 minute 21 seconds left, but was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety with eight seconds left.

Playing in front of dozens of family and friends, Drew Bennett established a career high with 13 receptions (for 160 yards), tying the Titans' franchise record for catches. He caught two touchdown passes in the first half, reaching 10 touchdowns for the first time in his career.


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