Sunday, November 25, 2007

gus frerotte

seconds left in the fourth quarter and Seattle held on for the 24-19 triumph over the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Facing a 3rd-and-goal from the two with 36 seconds left, Steven Jackson was stopped at the one. Then, after calling a timeout on fourth down, the Rams needed only a touchdown to take the lead. But Frerotte botched the snap and was tackled at the five-yard line.

Matt Hasselbeck completed 21-of-38 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown and an interception for Seattle (7-4), which has ripped off three straight wins. Maurice Morris rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries and Deion Branch caught five passes for 92 yards with one score. Bobby Engram had 70 yards on seven receptions.

Frerotte, who replaced Marc Bulger in the first quarter, threw for 161 yards on 20-of-32 passing with one touchdown and one pick for the Rams (2-9), who had their two-game winning streak broken. Bulger completed 3-of-5 passes for 32 yards and one interception before leaving the game with a concussion.

Jackson rushed for 90 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown, and Bruce caught six passes for 63 yards and one score.

"It was just a great win," said Morris. "Everyone came together and we kept driving and fighting. We stayed close enough to come back and get this win."

The Seahawks scored 17 unanswered points in the second half.

After St. Louis went three-and-out to open the second half, Seattle marched 51-yards before stalling at the Rams 15. Josh Brown kicked a 33-yard field goal to make it a 19-10 St. Louis lead with 9:36 left in the third.

The teams traded punts, and on the Rams' next possession, Frerotte's intended pass to Holt near the far sideline was picked off by Marcus Trufant at the Seattle 33.

On second down of the ensuing drive, Morris rushed through a gaping hole down the middle of the field for 46 yards, setting up a 1st-and-10 at the St. Louis 21. Three plays later, Hasselbeck connected with Branch on a slant route for a nine-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to two, 19-17, with 3:22 left in the third.

In the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck orchestrated a 10-play drive that began at his own 20-yard line. He completed three straight passes to Branch, Morris and Engram to move the ball to the Rams 40. After a 3-yard run by Morris, Hasselbeck hooked up with Branch for 18 yards, putting the ball at the 19.

Then, on 3rd-and-1 at the 10, Morris was stopped for no gain, but Will Witherspoon was whistled for a face mask, which moved the chains. On the next play, Leonard Weaver bulled his way into the end zone for a 5-yard score to complete the comeback and give Seattle its first lead of the game, 24-19.

Brown missed a 52-yard field goal, giving St. Louis excellent field position with 2:44 remaining in the fourth. St. Louis drove to the one-yard line before Frerotte's costly gaffe.

"I am disappointed in the fact that we didn't win the game," said Rams coach Scott Linehan. "The second half had something to do with that. There are a lot of things I can look back on, but not going out and being able to put the points on the board offensively like we needed to be able to finish the game. The effort was there, the guys were straining and fighting to put ourselves in position to win the football game, so that was disappointing for us."

On their first possession of the game, the Rams were facing a 3-and-7 from the Seattle 26, but Bulger was sacked and fumbled the football. Offensive lineman Rob Petitti pounced on the loose ball at the 43, pushing the Rams out of field goal range.

Donnie Jones' ensuing punt was downed at the two, pinning the Seahawks deep in their zone.

After a false start penalty backed Seattle up to the one, Morris was tackled in the end zone by Adam Carriker for a safety.

Dante Hall gave St. Louis excellent field position, returning the free kick to the Rams 47. Then, on the first play of the drive, Jackson busted through the line and scampered 53 yards for a score, giving the Rams a 9-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first quarter.

Seattle's Josh Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to make it a 9-7 game.

Later in the quarter, Frerotte came in at quarterback for the Rams after Bulger left the game with a concussion.

St. Louis was forced to punt, but Nate Burleson fumbled during the return and Eric Bassey recovered the ball for the Rams at the Seattle 30-yard line.

The Rams extended their lead to 16-7 when they covered 30 yards on six plays, capped by Bruce's 15-yard touchdown reception with 28 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

A Jeff Wilkins 23-yard field goal with 8:07 left in the second quarter made it a 19-7 game and put the finishing touch on a 12-play, 60-yard drive that ate up 6:07 of the clock.

Seattle looked to trim the deficit before the half, but Hasselbeck was intercepted in the end zone by O.J. Atogwe.

Game Notes

The Rams recorded a season-high five sacks...St. Louis remains winless at home, 0-5...Seattle improves to 4-1 against the NFC West...Seattle has won six straight against the Rams...Seattle snapped a two-game road losing streak...Seattle outgained the Rams, 302-265...St. Louis dominated the time of possession
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's another milestone for LaDainian Tomlinson. He's the 23rd player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing. Tomlinson ripped off a 36-yard run in the third quarter of the San Diego Chargers' 32-14 win over Baltimore. That's the Ravens' fifth straight loss, which is a franchise record for futility. Philip Rivers threw 2 of his TD passes to tight end Antonio Gates. He finished with six catches for 105 yards. The 6-5 Chargers have won 5 of their last seven. The Ravens are 4-7.

With the victory and Denver's overtime loss at Chicago, the Chargers have taken a 1-game lead over the Broncos in the AFC West.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers decided eight was enough. Losses, that is. The Niners ended their 8-game slide by outlasting Arizona 37-31 in overtime. Kurt Warner was hit by Ronald Fields and fumbled in the Arizona end zone, and Tully Banta-Cain recovered for the winning touchdown. That ruined a great day for Warner, who completed 34 of 48 for 484 yards and two scores.

Neil Rackers, whose 19-yard field goal as regulation ended forced the overtime, missed a 32-yarder that would have given Arizona the victory moments before the decisive play.

CHICAGO (AP) - One would think the rest of the NFL would get the message by now -- kick away from Devon Hester. The return specialist personally scored two touchdowns on a 75-yard punt return and an 88-yard kickoff return to help the Chicago Bears beat Denver 37-34 in overtime. The Bears roared back with two late touchdowns in the final 5.5 minutes of regulation before Robbie Gould's (GOWLDZ) game-winning 39-yard field goal in OT. The 5-6 Bears kept their wild-card playoff hopes alive.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With older brother Peyton Manning in the stands at Giants Stadium, Eli Manning came perilously close to tying 1 of the least enviable NFL records. Manning had three passes intercepted for touchdowns in Minnesota's surprisingly easy 41-17 win over the New York Giants. Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Chad Greenway picked off passes and returned them for touchdowns. Sharper scored on a 20-yard return, Smith rumbled 93 yards and Greenway followed from 37 yards just a few plays later. The Vikings set a team single-game record for interception returns for touchdowns.

The NFL record for interception returns for touchdowns is four, set by Seattle against Kansas City in 1984. The Vikings nearly had a fourth TD return. Smith returned a second-quarter interception 19 yards to the Giants 8, setting up a touchdown run by Chester Taylor.

Minnesota is 5-6 while the Giants fell to 7-4 -- three games back of NFC East-leading Dallas.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - This is how good the New England Patriots are this season. The Patriots clinched the AFC East without even putting on their shoulder pads. When Jacksonville beat Buffalo 36-14, that clinched the division title for the 11-0 Pats, who play Philadelphia tonight.

Fred Taylor rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and Josh Scobee kicked five field goals for 8-3 Jacksonville, who've won three in a row. The Jaguars are one game back of AFC South-leading Indianapolis. The two teams meet next week.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The surprising Cleveland Browns remain in the thick of the AFC playoff picture with a 27-17 win over Houston. That raises the Browns record to 7-4, a half-game back of Pittsburgh, which hosts Miami on Monday night. Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Kellen Winslow had 10 catches for the Browns. Cleveland has won five straight home games and 5 of 6 overall. The Texans fall to 5-6.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drank from a six-pack of Washington turnovers and gave the Redskins a huge hangover in a 19-13 win. The Bucs converted four Redskins fumbles into four scores for an early 16-0 lead. Then as the Redskins were driving for the go-ahead touchdown, Washington quarterback Jason Campbell threw two late interceptions that doomed their comeback. The Bucs won despite being outgained 316 to 16 in the second half when they did not manage a single first down. Campbell finished 30 of 49 for 301 yards. Earnest Graham had a touchdown and Matt Bryant kicked four field goals for NFC South-leading Tampa Bay, which has a 2-game lead over New Orleans.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte, North Carolina, tops every NFL team's place to visit list this year. No team has gone to Charlotte and not come away with a victory. New Orleans was the latest happy visitor as the Saints scored an easy 31-6 win over the lowly Panthers. Carolina is 4-7 overall but 0-5 at home. Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. Marques Colston had seven receptions for 93 yards and a score to help the Saints improve to 5-6. That leaves New Orleans two games back of NFC South leader Tampa Bay heading into their showdown with the Buccaneers next Sunday.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Chad Johnson talks a lot but the Cincinnati wide receiver had the game to back up his chatter. Johnson had a career high 12 catches and scored three touchdowns as Cincinnati beat the Tennessee Titans 35-6. Johnson picked up 103 yards and scored his first touchdowns since Week 2 against Cleveland. The Titans suffered their third straight loss to fall to 6-5 and hurt their playoff chances.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams gave one away when backup quarterback Gus Frerotte (fur-RAHT') fumbled the snap on fourth & goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left in the Seahawks' 24-19 win over St. Louis. That ended the Rams' modest 2-game winning streak after an 0-8 start. Seattle is 7-4. The Seahawks won their third straight by rallying for 17 unanswered second-half points after falling behind 19-7 at the half. Matt Hasselbeck completed 21 of 38 for 249 yards and one TD.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders ended their 17-game winless streak against AFC West opponents by nipping Kansas City 20-17. Justin Fargas and LaMont Jordan each rushed for a touchdown. Oakland hadn't beaten an AFC West team since a 25-24 squeaker over Denver three years ago. It was the longest ongoing streak of divisional futility in the NFL. Fargas had 139 yards on 22 carries for the 3-8 Raiders, who also snapped a 6-game skid overall and a 9-game losing streak to the Chiefs. Kansas City got a big effort from rookie Kolby Smith, who rushed for 150 yards and two TDs, but that didn't prevent the Chiefs from falling to 4-7.

Tonight, the New England Patriots try to improve on their 10-0 start when they host the 5-5 Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots have jumped to a fast 7-0 lead on a 40-yard interception return by Asante Samuels.

The Monday night game looks like a laugher on paper. The 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers are at home against the 0-10 Miami Dolphins.

Gus Frerotte
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Gus Frerotte St. Louis Rams ― No. 12
Date of Birth: July 31, 1971 (1971-07-31) (age 36)
Place of Birth: Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
National Football League Debut
1994 for the Washington Redskins
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Bowl selection (1996)

Career History
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 197

Washington Redskins (1994-1998)
Detroit Lions (1999)
Denver Broncos (2000-2001)
Cincinnati Bengals (2002)
Minnesota Vikings (2003-2004)
Miami Dolphins (2005)
St. Louis Rams (2006-present)

Stats at
Gustave Joseph Frerotte (born July 31, 1971 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback playing for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. He attended Ford City High School in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Frerotte is 33-30-1 as an NFL starter through the 2005 season. He signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams in the 2006 offseason, where he will spend his time as the backup to Marc Bulger.

[edit] College career
At the University of Tulsa, he finished his college career as the school's 2nd-ranked all-time passer behind T.J. Rubley, a teammate from 1991-92. During his career he threw for 5,480 yards and 32 TDs on 432-of-860 passing. His 2,871 passing yards as a senior were the most by a Tulsa QB in 28 years. As a sophomore, Frerotte handled punting duties for the team and averaged 35.5 yards per punt. As a redshirt freshman, he was forced into starting role for 8 games in 1990 after Rubley was injured, starting his 1st career game at Oklahoma. During his time as an undergraduate, he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

[edit] NFL career
His pro career started with the Washington Redskins as a 7th round draft pick in the same draft where the Redskins selected Heath Shuler with the #3 overall pick. However, by the next season Frerotte was the starting quarterback due to Shuler's injuries and struggles adjusting to the pro game and would remain the Redskins' starting QB until Opening Day 1998. Frerotte was selected to one Pro Bowl team in 1996, but may be better remembered by an incident in which he injured himself by ramming his head into a padded cement wall in celebration of a touchdown in a 7-7 tie against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, spraining his neck.

In 1999, he played for the Detroit Lions, where he backed up Charlie Batch. Frerotte stepped in for the injured Batch and started for the Lions in the playoffs. In Frerotte's first playoff start, he was defeated by the Redskins. In 2000, he started for the Denver Broncos after Brian Griese was injured and led the Broncos to the playoffs, falling in the opening round to eventual Super Bowl Champion Ravens. He remained the Broncos' backup until the end of the 2001 NFL season. He joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002, winning the starting job before giving way three games in to the season to Jon Kitna and under the soon to be fired Dick LeBeau. In 2003 and 2004, Frerotte backed up Daunte Culpepper and did a great job commanding the offense when he played, earning him a chance to work for the Dolphins starting job in 2005. He guided the Dolphins to a 9-7 record, starting 15 games and throwing for 18 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, including 2 touchdowns in an upset victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 1. He completed 52% of his passes and finished the season with a 71.9 quarterback rating. He is currently the primary backup for the St. Louis Rams.

He lives with his wife Ann, and three children Gabe, Gunnar and Abby.


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