Final

49ers 6

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Raiders 18

(1-0, 1-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, August 8, 2008

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 3 0 36
OAK 0 7 8 318

Bush's 5-yard touchdown run helps Raiders top 49ers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- If the first preseason game is any indication, the Oakland Raiders can feel confident with any of their three top running backs.

The San Francisco 49ers can't feel the same about the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job.

J.T. O'Sullivan turned over the ball on his final two drives, and Alex Smith and Shaun Hill didn't perform much better as the 49ers committed four turnovers in an 18-6 loss to the Raiders on Friday night.

"We feel disgusted at the turnovers," said O'Sullivan, who threw one interception and lost a fumble. "I don't remember anything except for those two plays. Those things are 100 percent unacceptable. I am disgusted about those turnovers. You can't make excuses for something like that."

The Raiders ran for 248 yards, with the most notable performance coming from Michael Bush, who had a 5-yard touchdown run in his first game since breaking his leg in college more than 23 months ago.

After being injured in the season opener for Louisville in 2006, Bush missed the rest of that season and went from a possible first-round pick to a fourth-rounder. The rehabilitation then took longer than anticipated and Bush missed all of his rookie season, as well.

He is back on the field this year and ran for 27 yards and added 29 yards receiving in his first game.

"After the game I was halfway in tears because I had not been out there in so long, like two years," Bush said. "I was happy just to get the opportunity to play again. I was happy and at the same time a little bit nervous. I was all over the place."

Justin Fargas also ran well, gaining 25 yards on five carries. Darren McFadden had 48 yards on 12 carries in his first game after being picked fourth overall by the Raiders in the draft.

With Fargas and McFadden ahead of him on the depth chart, Bush needs to show off his skills in short yardage and receiving to find a role on the team. He did just that, converting four of his five short-yardage attempts for first downs and going 23 yards on a screen from Andrew Walter.

"I'm very pleased with Michael," coach Lane Kiffin said. "He looked really good. I think we have something special with those three running backs."

Bush's touchdown came when he bulled his way through the middle on a fourth-and-1 play midway through the third quarter.

"To me that's a part of my game," said Bush, who ran for an NCAA-leading 23 touchdowns in 2005. "A running back should always be low. If you have to get that extra yardage, that's what you have to do."

Niners coach Mike Nolan picked O'Sullivan to start to get the chance to see his newest quarterback play after having already coached Smith and Hill.

O'Sullivan, who has never started a game in the NFL, struggled to move the ball on two drives against Oakland's starting defense. His third drive ended on an ill-advised throw downfield that was intercepted by Stanford Routt. O'Sullivan then fumbled while scrambling on the next drive. He finished 5-for-8 for 71 yards.

Smith was forced to compete for the starting job after a difficult 2007 season in which he struggled early, then injured his shoulder, and finally had a public blowout with Nolan. He threw incompletions on his first three attempts before leading the Niners to a 22-yard field goal by Joe Nedney at the end of the half. Smith finished 5-for-9 for 51 yards.

"We looked kind of indifferent," Smith said. "We all would like to take a look at this tomorrow. I made a couple of good plays. But I had a couple of opportunities out there, too."

Hill threw an interception on his first drive.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell also struggled in his first exhibition game after missing the entire preseason as a rookie in a contract dispute. Russell, who played in just four games as a rookie, was not sharp, finishing 2-for-5 for 15 yards in two drives.

Johnnie Lee Higgins, who averaged only 5.2 yards per punt return as a rookie last year, opened the scoring with a 53-yard punt return late in the first half for Oakland.

Game notes


Frank Gore played only one series for the Niners, gaining 6 yards on two carries. ... Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed the game due to an injured left leg, and WR Ronald Curry sat out because of a sore hamstring. Oakland signed K Aaron Elling for the game. ... WRs Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson and Ashley Lelie missed the game for the Niners. ... Raiders rookie S Tyvon Branch broke his right thumb and will need surgery.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
San Francisco
Oakland
1st Downs1415
3rd down efficiency
2-117-16
4th down efficiency
0-21-5
Total Yards269346
Yards per play4.75.5
Total Drives01
Passing19998
Comp-Att
20-3713-20
Yards per pass
5.44.9
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-62-13
Rushing70248
Rushing Attempts
1941
Yards per rush
3.76.0
Penalties7-369-63
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession25:2834:32

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hill10/20834.2011-6
O'Sullivan5/8718.9010-0
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Walter10/12826.8000-0
Tuiasosopo1/3165.3001-10

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clayton5275.4014
Foster6132.209
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rankin89111.4072
McFadden12484.006

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morgan46817.0022
Zeigler44511.3014
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watkins33913.0019
Bush22914.5023

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSFOAK
TD03:26Johnnie Lee Higgins 53 Yd Punt Return (Aaron Elling Kick) 07
FG00:15Joe Nedney 22 Yd 37
THIRD QUARTERSFOAK
TD06:44Michael Bush 5 Yd Run (Andrew Walter Pass To Chaz Schilens For Two-Point Conversion) 315
FOURTH QUARTERSFOAK
FG11:38Aaron Elling 23 Yd 318
FG08:10Ricky Schmitt 38 Yd 618