Final

Raiders 13

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Dolphins 35

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2012

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 7 3 0 313
MIA 7 0 14 1435

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (OAK) - 373 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Bush (MIA) - 26 CAR, 172 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Hartline (MIA) - 9 REC, 111 YDS

Reggie Bush rushes for 172 yards, 2 TDs in Dolphins' win

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Reggie Bush happily hurled the ball into the stands as he skipped across the end zone grass, then matched the crowd's cheers with a scream of his own.

The Miami Dolphins had a home opener worth celebrating for a change Sunday.

Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins won a home opener for the first time since 2005 by beating the Oakland Raiders 35-13.

Ryan Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers after tossing three interceptions in his pro debut a week earlier.

The Dolphins improved to 1-1, and Joe Philbin earned a sideline drenching for his first victory as a head coach. The Raiders, under new coach Dennis Allen, are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.

"It was nothing fancy, nothing magical," Philbin said. "Our identity right now is we've got to run the ball effectively and stop the run."

Miami did both, outgaining Oakland on the ground 259-23.

Bush broke four tackles on a 23-yard touchdown run that put the Dolphins ahead to stay in the third quarter. After they forced a punt, Bush struck again, this time on a 65-yard scoring run.

Far from home on a sweltering afternoon, the Raiders wilted down the stretch. Miami employed a no-huddle approach most of the game and pulled away in the final 20 minutes by mounting touchdown drives of 80, 80 and 75 yards.

"We felt our tempo would be a key," Bush said. "We pressed that tempo and felt like we wore them down and just continued to pound the ball."

Carson Palmer threw for 373 yards, but the Raiders were plagued by poor field position and managed only one touchdown -- when backup running back Mike Goodson took a swing pass and turned it into a 64-yard score.

Darren McFadden was held to 22 yards rushing and 19 receiving. The Raiders were only 1 for 12 on third-down conversions, and they had no takeaways.

"We haven't helped our offense out with field position," Allen said. "We need to take the ball away and create short fields. We can't go 80 yards on every drive."

Tannehill went 18 for 30 for 200 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. But the rookie's niftiest throw came as he was being tackled: Parallel to the ground, he side armed a completion for a 3-yard gain.

He hit Brian Hartline nine times for 111 yards.

"We were able to establish the running game," Tannehill said. "It takes a lot of pressure off."

Bush had a career-high 26 carries and added three receptions for 25 yards. Lamar Miller carried 10 times in his NFL debut for 65 yards, including a 15-yard score to seal the victory.

The Dolphins trailed 10-7 in the third quarter before finally taking advantage of superior field position, when they had the Raiders pinned at their 1 and forced a punt that gave them the ball at the Oakland 44.

Four plays later, Bush scored the go-ahead touchdown either because of terrific balance or terrible tackling, depending on a spectator's point of view. He cut inside and ran through the arms of four defenders en route to the goal line.

His second touchdown came on a sweep, with Bush breaking into the open and dashing up the sideline. He leaped over the goal line as three defenders closed in, then raised his arms in jubilation.

The happy crowd chanted "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!"

"It feels good," Bush said. "I'm not going to lie and say it doesn't, to hear the fans cheering you on."

The festive mood was a welcome change for the Dolphins, rebuilding after a third consecutive losing season and coming off their most lopsided season-opening loss since 1988.

"This game was huge for us," Bush said. "We talked all week about bouncing back and just winning one game. This game is huge for our confidence."

Miami started fast, taking the opening kickoff and driving 80 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown. Tannehill scored untouched on a keeper around left end on third and goal at the 2.

Two possessions later, the Raiders went 92 yards for the tying touchdown, scored by Goodson. Oakland drove 81 yards in the second quarter for a field goal and a 10-7 lead at halftime.

But the Raiders didn't start a possession beyond their 20 until late in the third quarter, when Phillip Adams returned a punt 47 yards to give them the ball at the Miami 25. The Dolphins again dug in and forced a field goal.

"Obviously we didn't score enough points, and that's unacceptable," Palmer said. "I put that on my shoulders. It's my job to find ways to get us into the end zone. I didn't do a good enough job today."

Game notes


Raiders CB Shawntae Spencer sprained his foot in the second half, and RB Taiwan Jones hurt his ribs. ... Dolphins CB Richard Marshall left the game with a back injury. ... Oakland long snapper Jon Condo returned after missing practice during the week with a concussion. ... The Dolphins lined up for a 55-yard field goal try, and Dan Carpenter instead took a direct snap and kicked a pooch punt to the 8. ... Brandon Fields helped Miami's field position by averaging 53.2 yards per punt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
MIA
1st Downs1824
Passing 1st downs
1511
Rushing 1st downs
112
1st downs from Penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
1-129-17
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays6274
Total Yards396452
Yards per play6.46.1
Total Drives1314
Passing373189
Comp - Att
24-4818-30
Yards per pass
7.86.3
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-01-11
Rushing23263
Rushing Attempts
1443
Yards per rush
1.66.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-23-3
Penalties5-423-21
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:1934:41

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer24/483737.8110-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Tannehill18/302006.7101-11

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
McFadden11222.004
Palmer273.507
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush261726.6265
Miller10656.5119

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Myers68614.30216
Goodson38327.71643
MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Hartline911112.302112
Bess34314.30216

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKMIA
miaTD09:19Ryan Tannehill 2 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 07
oakTD00:11Mike Goodson 64 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTEROAKMIA
oakFG00:46Sebastian Janikowski 25 Yd 107
THIRD QUARTEROAKMIA
miaTD07:57Reggie Bush 23 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1014
miaTD03:52Reggie Bush 65 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTEROAKMIA
oakFG14:50Sebastian Janikowski 27 Yd 1321
miaTD11:45Anthony Fasano 14 Yd Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1328
miaTD05:06Lamar Miller 15 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1335

Research Notes

Reggie Bush: 2nd rush TD of 65+ yards with the Dolphins (had one last year). He is the only Dolphins player with multiple rush TD of 65+ yards in a career.

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