Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Stabler fired touchdown passes of 25, 11 and five yards and Neal Colzie returned a fumble 32 yards for another TD to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 34-21 NFL victory over the stubborn but mistake-plagued Cincinnati Bengals last night.
The victory boosted Oakland, 7-4, into a first-place tie with Denver in the AFC West Division. Cincinnati, suffering through its worst season, fell to 1-10.
Fumble recoveries by Colvie and safety Mike Davis enabled the Raiders to bolt to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. Oakland built its advantage to 27-7 going into the last period before Cincinnati rallied to within 27-21.
But turnovers ruined a 388-yard passing effort by Ken Anderson, who completed 30 of 50 passes. An interception by safety Charles Phillips led to Oakland's final touchdown on an 11-yard run by Mark van Eeghen.
Colvie raced for the first touchdown after knocking the ball loose from rookie running back David Turner, whose third-quarter fumble led to another Oakland touchdown.
Stabler passed for the next three Oakland touchdowns. He passed five yards for a touchdown to tight end Raymond Chester shortly after Davis stripped the ball loose following a completed pass to Don Bass and recovered at Cincinnati's 33.
Then, after Cincinnati drove 74 yards in nine plays, with Pete Johnsons scoring from the four, Stabler directed a 73-yard march in the last two minutes of the first half. He keyed the drive with completions of 21, 29 and 25 yards to Dave Casper, who caught the latter for a touchdown and a 20-7 halftime lead.
Stabler's third scoring strike, an 11-yarder to Morris Bradshaw midway through the thrid quarter, put Oakland ahead, 27-7.
Anderson's 30 completions tied his club record.