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Dave Cera

Titans Win 1st Game

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Vince Young has his first NFL victory, with big assists from a Tennessee Titans running back, a kicker and a tight end who blocked a punt. Young rallied the Titans from an 11-point first-half deficit Sunday, leading his previously winless team to a 25-22 upset of the Washington Redskins, whose stunning early season collapse was reflected in the swarm of boos in their home stadium. Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including a 30-yarder with 5:11 to play that decided the game. Travis Henry ran for a career-high 178 yards on 32 carries with one touchdown, his second consecutive 100-yard game. Casey Cramer blocked a punt in the second half to give his team a safety, providing a vital extra two points of cushion in a tight game. But it was the cool of Young, the No. 3 overall draft pick from Texas making his third start, who engineered an attack that generated 344 yards. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, easily his best day as a pro. He played much of the fourth quarter with his left ankle heavily wrapped after getting hurt on a scramble. Young connected with seven different receivers, and no throw was more clutch than his 23-yard pass to Brandon Jones on a fourth-and-2, keeping a drive alive in that led to a touchdown to give the Titans (1-5) a 20-14 lead in the third quarter.

Cramer then caused the safety that made the score 22-14. The Redskins (2-4) rallied early in the fourth, with a touchdown set up by a 52-yard pass to Brandon Lloyd - only the eighth catch of the season for an offseason acquisition who had thus far been a major disappointment. Clinton Portis scored on a 4-yard run, and Mark Brunell hit Santana Moss for the 2-point conversion to tie the score with 10:57 remaining. The winning points came after a short punt by Derrick Frost was returned 14 yards by Pacman Jones to the Redskins' 43. Five consecutive running plays moved the ball in position for Bironas' field goal. The Redskins had the ball twice more with a chance to win or tie. The first drive ended in a three-and-out, and the second ended when Lamont Thompson intercepted Brunell with about a minute to play. Brunell was hurt late in the first half and was limping badly on the sideline at one point, but he never missed a down. His play suffered, however. He was 11-for-14 in the first half and 5-for-16 in the second. He finished 16-for-30 for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Portis carried 14 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins. The first half consisted of long marches, with five scoring drives of 58 yards or longer. The Redskins led 7-3 after a 78-yard drive that included two reverses to Moss. Moss fumbled the first and lost 2 yards but took the second one for a 35-yard gain. Portis' 10-yard run gave the Redskins the lead. Washington went ahead 14-3 early in the second quarter with a 70-yard drive capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley. A second field goal by Bironas cut the lead to 14-6, and a 69-yard drive late in the half made it 14-13 at halftime.

Henry's 23-yard run spurred the drive, and a 13-yard pass to Bobby Wade on third-and-10 gave the Titans a first-and-goal. Young hit Brandon Jones in the back of the end zone on the next play for a 2-yard touchdown pass.

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