Smith leads Jets to 37-27 victory over Raiders

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith bounced back in a big way after an early interception had memories of some recent mistakes creeping into his mind.

The rookie quarterback threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New York Jets' suddenly resurgent offense set a season high for points and stopped a three-game skid with a 37-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"Man, we needed that in the worst way," coach Rex Ryan said, "to say the least."

Chris Ivory had a touchdown run, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and Antonio Allen blocked a punt and returned it for a score to help the Jets (6-7) avoid their first four-game losing streak under Ryan.

Smith ended a miserable stretch that included getting benched last week by throwing his first touchdown toss since Week 7. He finished 16 of 25 for 219 yards, and ran five times for 50 yards — and was able to overcome his 20th interception of the season, which led to a field goal for the Raiders.

"I can't sit here and say I'm not human because it is difficult," Smith said. "When you have those struggles and you come out and, the first quarter and first half, you have an interception near the 50-yard line and you kind of start to think about those things, all of those mistakes in the past."

Smith got a boost on the sideline from his teammates, who urged him to hang in there and not lose his confidence.

"That's the mark of this young man," Ryan said. "He's a resilient guy and has shown he can bounce back. It was an excellent performance on his part, and really, the team in general."

Matt McGloin threw two touchdown passes and fullback Marcel Reece, starting because Oakland was down three injured running backs, had a 63-yard touchdown run for the Raiders (4-9).

Oakland has lost three straight overall, and 13 in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone.

"Today is as bad as we played this whole season," Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. "It was really embarrassing to be part of it. We looked like the Bad News Bears out there."

With the Jets leading 3-0 after Folk's 41-yard field goal, Smith was picked off by Kevin Burnett. The sparse crowd at MetLife Stadium booed loudly, but Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52-yard field goal.

Despite Smith's turnover, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg went right back to the pass on the next drive. Smith lofted a throw that a leaping Jeremy Kerley came down with for a 25-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead.



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