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Rookie QB 3 of 9 as Browns beat Lions on late FG

Published: Sat, August 11, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

Rookie QB 3 of 9 for 62 yards as Browns beat Lions on late FG

Associated Press


Jeff Wolfert kicked a 45-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to lift the Cleveland Browns to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

Detroit stopped Adonis Thomas on a 2-point conversion run with 6:05 left to keep the lead, but couldn’t run enough clock to keep the ball away from the Browns.

The Lions’ last shot ended when rookie Kellen Moore was intercepted by David Sims at the Cleveland 36 with 34 seconds left.

The banged-up Browns took another hit when rookie Brandon Weeden threw to Mohamed Massaquoi and the wide receiver left the game with a head injury. Weeden was 3 of 9 for 62 yards with an interception and a fumble.

Detroit backup quarterback Shaun Hill led two touchdown drives in the first half to put the Lions ahead 14-3 in the first half.

When the reserves took over in the second half, Cleveland outscored the Lions 16-3.

Hill set up Keiland Williams 5-yard TD late in the first quarter with a 27-yard pass to Maurice Stovall. The backup quarterback connected with Stefan Logan on a 3-yard pass to put the Lions ahead by 11 points.

Third-string quarterback Seneca Wallace avoided a rush, stepped up and made a 12-yard pass to rookie fullback Brad Smelley to pull Cleveland within four points midway through the third quarter.

Backup kicker Derek Dimke’s 40-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave Detroit a 17-10 lead.

Thomas ran for a 3-yard score to pull the Browns within a point and their defense got the ball back for fourth-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to lead the game-winning drive.

The Browns were without rookie running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick in the draft, as expected because he had surgery on his left knee earlier in the week.

On their first snap, they lost Massaquoi. He made a 12-yard catch and didn’t return after being tackled by defensive backs Chris Houston and Erik Coleman. Massaquoi was limited the past two seasons because of concussions, including one he had that knocked him out of a game last October.

The 22nd pick in the NFL draft ended his first possession as a pro by fumbling, a turnover forced and recovered by Willie Young.

Cleveland couldn’t get out of the first half unscathed as defensive tackle Scott Paxson (knee), defensive back Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and tight end Jordan Cameron (back) each were injured.

Detroit seemed to get out of its first of four games relatively healthy.

The Lions have been looking for a cornerback to replace their only starter missing on defense, Eric Wright, who signed with Tampa Bay, and the search will likely end with rookie Bill Bentley. The third-round pick got beat on Weeden’s perfectly thrown, 34-yard pass to Travis Benjamin on his third snap as a pro. But Bentley bounced back by intercepting a pass and breaking up another attempt.


1IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The 30 year old rookie had a QB rating of 19.0

Colt McCoy's rating 110.4

Guess who they GAVE the job to?

That is why they are the CHOKEland CLOWNS!!

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2XBROWNSX(35 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh yeah, live by that lame QB rating. Last years 4-12 record may improve to 5-11 with Colt under center. It clearly was time for a change, Colt is simply too small and too weak of an arm to survive in the AFC North, long term. Nice kid, a good person, but we're looking for a winner in Cleveland and that won't happen with Colt McCoy at QB. It won't happen with Weeden either, if 2/3 of our team keep getting hurt. The Browns can't go through one season with projected starters to jell, because people are always hurt.

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3IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Going to the "injury" excuse already? Interesting.

Oh well, remember the motto, "Get 'em Next Year."

The Clowns are the WORST organization in sports. Looks like their is HOPE with a new owner coming in, because Lerner was AWFUL.

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4MLC75(661 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@islandmike mike,the pittspuke steelers lost.True Steeler fans have class,you lack that.

Why do Pittsburgh fans always comment on Browns articles,but never on Steelers.I bet islandmike liked Green Bay when they were making their run.

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5IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm a Browns fan. I'm just telling it like it is. Lerner is AWFUL, and the decision to just GIVE the QB job to a 30 year old rookie who isn"t familiar with the offense is a JOKE.

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6IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

If Weeden is sooooo good like the Clowns claim, then he should have NO PROBLEM beating out Colt McCoy. If he was soooo good, then why wasn't he drafted higher?

Lerner can't leave fast enough. The organization is pathetic. If McCoy is soooo awful then why did they draft him?

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7gripmadlock(16 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

calm down, it's preseason

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8steven134(7 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Cleveland Browns, after moving to Baltimore, have been very successfull. They are the Steelers biggest rival and have a Super Bowl ring. The current team playing in Cleveland, regardless of what you call them, are not the Browns. They are an expansion team that replaced the Browns when they moved to Baltimore.

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9southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, I wouldn't get too excited about this win...the Browns will be losers as usual at the end of the season!

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