OAKLAND, Calif. – Jason Taylor and Miami’s smothering defense put relentless pressure on Kerry Collins to give the Dolphins a much-needed morale boost.

Taylor had three of Miami’s seven sacks, including a key safety, Gus Frerotte threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 33-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Ricky Williams broke open for a 34-yard touchdown run with 3:50 to play, and Vonnie Holliday also had three sacks to give Miami its sixth straight regular-season victory over the Raiders.

One week after an embarrassing 22-0 defeat to Cleveland, Taylor and company answered first-year coach Nick Saban’s call for more spirited play from a Dolphins team (4-7) that had lost six of seven games since starting the season winning two of three.

Collins again tried to rally his team late, but failed to hit an open Jerry Porter on a third-and-1 with Oakland down two points, and turned the ball over on the Raiders’ next two possessions.

After Collins missed Porter, Miami drove the ball 80 yards, getting 56 on the ground from Williams on the way to his second touchdown of the season for a nine-point lead.

Collins started the fourth quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run for the longest TD rushing of his career and spiked the ball into the turf in celebration.

The Raiders (4-7) revealed their frustration for a public audience in the waning moments. Defensive tackle Ted Washington was yelling and gesturing toward defensive end Tommy Kelly before Randy Moss stepped in and tried to break up the disagreement.

Collins finished 21-for-37 for 226 yards and LaMont Jordan ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, but the Raiders missed a chance to win back-to-back games for just the second time this season. They rallied for an emotional 16-13 victory at Washington last week in coach Norv Turner’s reunion with the Redskins, his former employer.

Taylor and Holliday handled the bulk of the load for the Dolphins’ injury-depleted defense, which was missing linebackers Junior Seau (out for the season with a calf injury) and Zach Thomas (shoulder).

Taylor sacked Collins in the end zone for a safety on Oakland’s first drive of the second half, and Frerotte threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Randy McMichael late in the third.

Chris Carr returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to give the Raiders good field position, but Collins was immediately sacked again by Taylor.

The Raiders had a 34-yard touchdown called back because Doug Gabriel stepped out of bounds running a pattern, then came back in to make the catch. But Oakland recovered and Jordan rushed for an 8-yard TD to pull the Raiders to 16-14.

Frerotte, who didn’t start last Sunday because of a sprained right index finger but still played, connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Gilmore on Miami’s opening drive.

Collins completed long passes to Porter, Alvis Whitted and Moss early in the second quarter during Oakland’s first scoring drive, capped by Jordan’s 1-yard TD plunge that tied the game at 7.

Ronnie Brown scored on a 1-yard run 32 seconds before halftime to give the Dolphins a 14-7 lead.

The Raiders played without defensive tackle Warren Sapp, placed on injured reserve Saturday with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

AP-ES-11-27-05 1958EST


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