Alexander scores five times in first half of rout


SEATTLE (AP) -- Shaun Alexander strolled into the interview room
and stepped behind the microphone.

"My name is Shaun Alexander. How's everyone doing?'' he asked
with a smile.

Yeah, right. As if he needed an introduction.

Alexander set an NFL record with five first-half touchdowns,
scoring three times within a span of 1:05 as the Seattle Seahawks
beat the Minnesota Vikings 48-23 on Sunday night.

"I don't know if it was adrenaline,'' Alexander said. "You
know when everyone's watching, your mom and dad, your friends in
high school who thought they were better than you. You get your
chance to get in the spotlight and shine.''

Alexander scored on runs of 2, 20, 3 and 14 yards and took a
screen pass from Trent Dilfer for an 80-yard TD, igniting the
offense after the Seahawks (1-3) had averaged 54.7 yards rushing in
three losses.

"He's a touchdown machine,'' Dilfer said. "That's what we've
got to do to be successful, get the ball in his hands.''

Standout receiver Randy Moss started for the Vikings (0-4) five
days after his arrest and a night in jail. He was charged with
pushing a Minneapolis traffic officer with his car.

But he wasn't a factor, with six receptions for 50 yards, and he
dropped four passes in the end zone. The Vikings' 0-4 start is
their worst record since Bud Grant's first season in 1967.

"The balls touched my hands. I really don't have a word,'' Moss
said. "The balls came off my fingertips. They bounced off my
chest. I think the more I dropped, the more I got down on myself.''

Moss was booed all night, and his frustration showed when he
exchanged gestures with Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper
after the Vikings couldn't score on one series in the third

"I thought we got him open a bunch,'' Minnesota coach Mike Tice
said. "For some reason tonight, he didn't make those plays.''

After another series, fans taunted Moss by chanting "Ran-dee,

Culpepper, who had a career-high four interceptions in last
week's loss to Carolina, was 29-of-53 for 273 yards with two
interceptions against Seattle.

"It seemed like every ball bounced their way,'' Culpepper said.
"Crazy things happen like that sometimes. It's definitely

After rushing for 36, 37 and 37 yards in Seattle's first three
games, Alexander eclipsed that with a single 43-yard run in the
first quarter. He finished with 139 yards.

"He's got to feel pretty good about his performance, but
running the football is more than just running,'' Seahawks coach
Mike Holmgren said. "You've got to block, too. I think we just
blocked better for him.''

Alexander missed a chance at the NFL record of six TDs in one
game, set by Ernie Nevers in 1929 and matched by Dub Jones in 1951
and Gale Sayers in 1965. He was stopped for a 1-yard gain inside
the 5-yard line with three minutes to play.

"I had it in my mind,'' Alexander said. "I knew six was the
number, but I didn't know who it was by. We were just trying to
move the ball and end our drives in the end zone.''

Seattle led 17-10 after Minnesota's Gary Anderson kicked a
35-yard field goal with 3:13 to play before halftime, But then
Alexander took over. He caught a short pass from Dilfer, eluded a
pair of defenders and weaved downfield for the longest receiving
play of his three-year career.

"I don't think the sun or stars or moon has anything to do with
it,'' Holmgren said. "We made some plays. You have to have some
belief that you can do it.''

Minnesota's Nick Davis fumbled the ensuing kickoff when he
collided with Seattle's Tim Terry and Terreal Bierria. Reggie Tongue recovered, setting up Alexander's 3-yard run through a
gaping hole.

D'Wayne Bates caught the next kickoff 2 yards into the end zone
and hesitated before running it out. Terry forced another fumble at
the 15, and Alex Bannister recovered for Seattle.

On the next play, Alexander went 14 yards up the middle for a
38-10 lead. Tongue put the Vikings away when he intercepted
Culpepper's throw to Moss and ran 46 yards down the right sideline.

The loss spoiled a return to Seattle for first-year Vikings
coach Mike Tice, who played 10 seasons at tight end for the
Seahawks during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Game notes
The last player with five TDs in one game was
Jacksonville's James Stewart in 1997. ... Holmgren won his 100th
regular-season game in 11 seasons as an NFL head coach. He's
100-64. ... The Seahawks' record for points in a game is 56 against
Buffalo in October 1977. ... Vikings LB Lemanski Hall left after
the first series with a sprained ankle and didn't return. ... TE
Jerramy Stevens, the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, left in the
second period after spraining his left ankle. ... Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson broke his right
leg and went into surgery immediately after the game.


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