DENVER, OCT. 12 -- Former small-college star Joe Dudek ran for 128 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns tonight to lead the Denver Broncos to a 30-14 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders in an NFL replacement game before 61,230 at Mile High Stadium, the largest crowd at a replacement game by more than 20,000.
Last week Denver led the NFL with a crowd of 38,404. Dallas' crowd of 40,622 Sunday had been this week's largest crowd.
Dudek, who set small-college rushing records at tiny Plymouth State (N.H.), is finally realizing his dream of playing in the NFL after spending Denver's Super Bowl season last year on injured reserve and being among the final cuts this year. He ended first-quarter drives with touchdown runs of seven and three yards.
The Raiders tied the game, 14-14, with two scores in less than two minutes early in the second quarter, including Rick Calhoun's 55-yard punt return.
But Dudek's 19-yard gain on a short pass set up a 31-yard field goal by Mike Clendenen just before halftime that gave the Broncos a lead they never relinquished.
Ken Karcher threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Rick Massie with 2:01 left in the third period; a botched extra point made it 23-14.
With 10 minutes left, Dudek and fullback Nathan Poole, who had considered himself retired from football and had been pursuing a bodybuilding career until the Broncos signed him five days ago, led a time-consuming 87-yard drive for an insurance score -- Poole's touchdown run from the 1.
Broncos wide receiver Steve Watson suffered six broken ribs after catching a pass in the first quarter.