Final

Lions 14

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Browns 24

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2001

 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 0 7 714
CLE 7 7 10 024

Detmer's former team picks him apart

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ty Detmer wanted to show the Cleveland Browns they had made a big mistake.

Corey Fuller had one of the seven interceptions of former teammate Ty Detmer.

Instead, he made seven of his own.

Detmer, traded by Cleveland earlier this month, threw seven interceptions -- one less than the NFL record -- as the Browns rolled to a 24-14 win over Detmer and the sloppy Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"It's embarrassing," Detmer said. "I definitely tried to force things that weren't there. I know better than to do that. That was not me out there. I put my team in a hole seven times."

Tim Couch threw three TD passes -- one to an offensive lineman -- and rookie James Jackson ran for 124 yards on 31 carries as the Browns (1-1) gave rookie coach Butch Davis his first win.

What do the Lions try now on offense?
That's anybody's guess. When you throw seven interceptions, that's ridiculous. I don't know what coach Marty Mornhinweg is going to do. He's in a tough predicament; he can't really bring Charlie Batch back because he said Ty Detmer is his quarterback. So he'll probably hang in there with Detmer and chalk it up to his only being with the team for three weeks. But the throws Detmer made were bad -- they were lobs and weren't even close. They were really poor throws. This could set up an interesting situation in the Lions' locker room. Are the players going to say, we want Charlie back? It will be interesting to see how Mornhinweg and Matt Millen handle this; it's going to be delicate.

ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

Rookie Anthony Henry had three interceptions as the Browns got a little revenge on Detmer, who was Cleveland's team prankster during his 2-plus years with the Browns.

More than once Detmer dumped a bucket of ice water on an unsuspecting Browns teammate or lined their shoes with Vaseline.

"Ty's a good quarterback, but you know how he likes to play practical jokes?" cornerback Corey Fuller said. "That was a joke."

Fuller, though, was one of several Browns who comforted Detmer after his final interception and told his former teammate to "keep his head up."

Celebrating their first win was difficult for some of the Browns, who felt sorry for Detmer. He had been the consummate team player in Cleveland despite losing his starting job to Couch in '99 and sitting out all last season with an injury.

"It hurts that it's Ty," said safety Percy Ellsworth, who had one of the seven picks. "I'd be partying all night long if it wasn't Detmer. I'm happy for us and our fans, but I didn't know I had as much respect for Ty until this very moment."

Detmer played dreadfully in his first start since replacing Charlie Batch as Detroit's starting quarterback, completing 22 of 42 passes for 212 yards and the seven interceptions.

"I was just trying to do way too much," he said.

Detmer came within one interception of tying the NFL record of eight in a game, set by Jim Hardy of the Chicago Cardinals in 1950 against Philadelphia.

The Lions (0-2) committed 15 penalties for 115 yards.

"It wasn't just Ty," said Lions first-year coach Marty Mornhinweg, whose team has a bye next Sunday. "We'll get this right. We're going to look at personnel, scheme, plays, the whole ball of wax. It's been a nightmare start."

Couch completed 12 of 20 passes for 138 yards and matched a career high with the three TDs -- including one to backup center Shaun O'Hara.

"He's definitely my new No. 1 receiver," Couch said jokingly. "By next week, it'll be a 50-yard catch."

Couch's 34-yard scoring toss to rookie Quincy Morgan gave the Browns a 24-7 lead and ended any chance for Detroit.

Detmer's 14-yard TD pass to Johnnie Morton made it 24-14 with 11:25 left, but he threw two more interceptions in the final 5:46.

After the game, Couch talked to Detmer, his mentor and close friend.

"I knew he was hurting," Couch said. "I felt bad. I'm thrilled to get our first win, but there's a part of me that feels bad for Ty."

On a day when America's red, white and blue blended equally with shades of Cleveland's brown, orange and white team colors in the crowd of 73,168, the Browns' defensive backs provided a poignant moment during the emotional pregame ceremonies.

During player introductions, Fuller and safety Earl Little emerged from the tunnel carrying a large American flag, while Ellsworth and Daylon McCutcheon ran waving miniature flags.

"We just wanted to let everyone in America and New York know that we're behind them 110 percent," Little said. "It was very emotional. I know I wasn't the only one to shed a tear."

Kevin Johnson, mentioned in trade rumors to Kansas City this week, caught one of Couch's TD passes in the first half. The other went to O'Hara, a 6-foot-3, 287-pounder who ran uncovered through the end zone to catch Couch's throw.

"We practiced it one time," O'Hara said. "I'm Irish and lucky. I could ready every word on the ball as it was coming to me. It took about 20 minutes."

Game notes
Jackson is the Browns' first 100-yard rusher since Earnest Byner got 121 on Dec. 17, 1995, against Cincinnati. He also tied Jim Brown's rookie team record with 31 attempts. ... Cleveland's seven INTs tied a team record previously set on Dec. 11, 1960, vs. Chicago. ... Robert Porcher became the Lions' career sacks leader. Porcher's 77{ sacks are two more than Al "Bubba" Baker (1975-82). ... Johnson's TD was his first since Dec. 5, 1999, against San Diego. Johnson scored eight TDs as a rookie but none last season. ... Fans cheered and sang along with "New York, New York" as the teams changed ends after the first quarter.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERDETCLE
detTD7:50Terry Fair, 26 yd interception return
Drive info: 1 plays, 20 yds, 0:00
617
det7:50
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
717
cleTD4:51Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 34 yds, 0:00
723
cle4:51
Drive info: 1 plays, 34 yds, 0:00
724
cleFG11:41Phil Dawson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 0:55
017
FIRST QUARTERDETCLE
cleTD9:02Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 2:03
06
SECOND QUARTERDETCLE
cleTD13:44Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yds, 12:33
013
FIRST QUARTERDETCLE
cle9:02
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 2:03
07
SECOND QUARTERDETCLE
cle13:44
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yds, 12:33
014
FOURTH QUARTERDETCLE
detTD11:45Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yds, 13:53
1324
det11:45
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yds, 13:53
1424