NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders found a team more self-destructive than themselves.

Kerry Collins threw for three touchdowns, and the Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 34-25 Sunday for their third victory in the last four games.

The Raiders (3-4) came up with six sacks, including 2.5 by Warren Sapp, and two turnovers they converted into 10 points. They also won their first road game this season, and they did it with their first victory in Tennessee against a team that had won the first three in this series.

The Titans (2-6) again blew a game they had a chance to win with the league’s youngest team making repeated mistakes.

They outdid the Raiders, who came in tied for the league lead in penalties with 65, by racking up nine for 79 yards. They had a punt return for a TD wiped out by a roughness penalty, dropped passes, a botched extra point and a rookie who never looked for a ball thrown his way: A wide-open Bo Scaife was too busy running upfield and apparently forgot the ball might be thrown to him.

Oakland clinched the victory when Collins tossed a short pass to Jerry Porter on the left sideline. Titans rookie Adam “Pacman” Jones tried to shove Porter out of bounds with an arm only to see Porter keep his feet and finish off a 44-yard TD with 4:37 left for a 34-25 lead.

LaMont Jordan had 20 carries for 67 yards and caught five passes for 69 more. Randy Moss, used more as decoy, had three catches for 26 yards.

Collins was 17 of 29 for 238 yards and had only his second interception of the season. Reynaldo Hill returned that pick 52 yards for a TD, but that only pulled the Titans within 24-22 just before halftime.

Tennessee held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Oakland 326-324 on offense.

The Titans had a chance to take the lead at the end of an 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter. But Steve McNair was stopped short of a first down after scrambling to the Oakland 6, and they settled for a 24-yard field goal by Rob Bironas that pulled them within 27-25 with 7:48 left.

That was as close as they would get.

The Raiders had been only 2-16 on the road over the past two seasons but made themselves at home from the opening kickoff. They rolled up 181 yards offense and scored the first 17 points with Collins tossing a 26-yard TD to Porter and an 18-yarder to Jordan.

Despite having scored only 19 points combined in the second quarter all season, the Titans kept the ball more than 11 minutes themselves, held Oakland to 26 yards offense and trailed 24-22 at halftime.

Typical of the Titans’ problems was a sequence in the second quarter.

Trailing 17-12, Pacman Jones returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown that would have given Tennessee its first lead. But officials flagged Titans safety Tank Williams for unnecessary roughness for blocking someone out of bounds at the line of scrimmage, wiping out the touchdown.

Three plays later, Sapp sacked McNair, knocking the ball into the end zone where safety Jarrod Cooper recovered for the TD and a 24-12 lead with 5:47 to go in the second.

AP-ES-10-30-05 1639EST


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