Final

Raiders 14

(7-5, 4-2 away)

Dolphins 34

(4-8, 3-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2011

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 0 0 1414
MIA 6 7 21 034

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (OAK) - 273 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Bush (MIA) - 22 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Schilens (OAK) - 6 REC, 89 YDS

Dolphins win 4th in last 5 after Reggie Bush runs over Raiders 

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis blitzed from the blind side for a sack, then dashed upfield in jubilation. A dazed Carson Palmer rose slowly, looked back at Davis and did a double take, as if startled to discover his tackler was a 5-foot-11 cornerback.

The Dolphins are full of surprises lately.

Once-woeful Miami won for the fourth time in the past five games Sunday by beating Oakland 34-14. Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards and a touchdown, Matt Moore had a hand in two TDs and Kevin Burnett returned an interception 34 yards for Miami's final score.

The surge by the Dolphins (4-8) comes after they lost their first seven games. In the past five weeks they've outscored opponents 139-54, with the lone loss a one-point defeat at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

"We've been on a wild ride here," Moore said.

"We've had our ups and downs," Bush added, "but I couldn't be more proud."

For the Raiders (7-5), who began the day alone atop the AFC West, the drubbing ended a three-game winning streak. They fell to 6-25 in regular-season games in the Eastern Time Zone since December 2002, and dropped into a first-place tie for the division lead with Denver, which beat Minnesota 35-32 on Sunday.

"We couldn't run. We couldn't stop the run. We didn't pass very well," coach Hue Jackson said. "Just a bad day at the office."

The Dolphins -- a team that totaled four touchdowns during one five-game stretch -- secured the victory with a 21-point third quarter, including two TDs in a 20-second span. They led 34-0 before Palmer threw two touchdown passes in the last eight minutes.

By the final period, the Dolphins were feeling frisky. Bush took a jarring hit from linebacker Aaron Curry trying to catch a pass, then showed his resilience by rolling onto his stomach and doing five pushups.

"I just wanted to let them know their hits weren't going to affect me at all," Bush said.

"One of the biggest reasons we're playing so well is we're having a lot of fun," Burnett added.

Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour was ejected for throwing a punch as the Dolphins drove for the score that put them up 27-0.

"I apologize to the team, to our players and to Raider nation," Seymour said. "I wasn't there to finish the game with my teammates."

Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain played three days after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges in his Alabama hometown. He made eight tackles, but that wasn't nearly enough to slow Miami.

"We didn't play well. That's on me," Jackson said. "It's not about coming to the East, and it's not about anything that happened this week. It's my fault. I didn't get them ready."

The Raiders came into the game last in the league in yards allowed per run and were outgained on the ground 209 yards to 46. Bush reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time in his career, and Daniel Thomas added 73 yards.

Miami scored twice before Oakland had a first down. The Raiders' best starting position all day was their 28-yard line, and they had the ball for less than 22 minutes, in part because they went 2 for 11 on third down.

The Dolphins took a 13-0 lead by scoring on their first three possessions. The first two ended in field goals, and a 63-yard march culminated with Moore's 12-yard scoring pass to Davone Bess.

The halftime break didn't slow Miami's momentum. Clyde Gates returned the second-half kickoff 77 yards, and two plays later Bush scored on a 1-yard run for a 20-0 lead.

Moore capped a 91-yard drive by scoring on a 6-yard keeper. Miami struck again when Burnett intercepted a tipped pass, weaved upfield and dove across the goal line.

"Kevin looked like a running back," Moore said. "It's so much fun watching our defense play."

Palmer went 20 for 41 despite late scoring passes of 40 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and 3 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Game notes


Jackson said Raiders injured included tight end Kevin Boss (hip pointer), defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) and receiver Chaz Schilens (foot). Jackson and the Raiders provided no further information. ... The late Jim Mandich, a Dolphins tight end and broadcaster, joined the team's honor roll during a halftime ceremony. ... The margin of victory was Miami's largest against Oakland. ... Burnett has four career interceptions and has returned three for scores.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
MIA
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
129
Rushing 1st downs
411
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
2-118-14
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays5770
Total Yards304362
Yards per play5.35.2
Total Drives1111
Passing258153
Comp - Att
20-4113-25
Yards per pass
6.36.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-151-9
Rushing46209
Rushing Attempts
1444
Yards per rush
3.34.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-13-4
Penalties10-918-79
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession21:4038:20

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer20/412736.7212-15
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore13/251626.5101-9

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush10181.803
Murphy2168.0015
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush221004.5129
Thomas13735.6021

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Schilens68914.80307
Houshma...14040.01403
MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Fasano46616.50266
Marshall46015.00386

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKMIA
miaFG10:11Dan Carpenter 48 Yd 03
miaFG01:30Dan Carpenter 33 Yd 06
SECOND QUARTEROAKMIA
miaTD08:24Davone Bess 12 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick) 013
THIRD QUARTEROAKMIA
miaTD13:56Reggie Bush 1 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 020
miaTD05:01Matt Moore 6 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 027
miaTD04:41Kevin Burnett 34 Yd Interception Return (Dan Carpenter Kick) 034
FOURTH QUARTEROAKMIA
oakTD07:51T.J. Houshmandzadeh 40 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 734
oakTD03:26Darrius Heyward-Bey 3 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 1434

Research Notes

NEXT-LEVEL: Reggie Bush had success when the Raiders put 8 or more defenders in the box, rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown on 7 carries (7.4 yds/carry).

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