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Raiders fall to Colts 21-17 in closer-than-expected battle

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, left, is chased by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS — Terrelle Pryor threw for 217 yards, one touchdown and broke a franchise record Sunday. That wasn't good enough for Oakland's new quarterback.

After watching Andrew Luck scramble 19 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:20 to go, Pryor made two costly mistakes on the Raiders' final series. Oakland wound up losing 21-17 at Indianapolis.

"I'm disappointed in myself. Taking sacks is unacceptable," Pryor said. "This loss is on me. At the end of the day, I threw the ball away. I did awful, I thought. I had two interceptions. We had them on the ropes. We could've won the game."

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Pryor and the Raiders played better than most people expected. They came into opening day with nine new defensive starters, a patchwork offensive line and no announced starting quarterback.

Yet, somehow, Oakland nearly made it work.

The defense kept the Raiders close, Pryor caused chaos offensively and with 11:09 to play, Oakland actually led 17-14.

Oakland just couldn't finish, in part because of Pryor's big errors.

He played well in his second career NFL start, finishing 19 of 29 for 217 yards with one TD and rushing 13 times for 112 yards to break Rich Gannon's franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback. Gannon ran for 85 yards Oct. 8, 2000.

But Pryor also two interceptions in the red zone, including the game-sealing pick with 25 seconds left, and took a 16-yard sack with 68 seconds left after Oakland had driven to Indy's 8-yard line. Pryor was upset.

Coach Dennis Allen was not.

"He proved he's a starter. You see what he can do with his feet," Allen said. "I was pleased with how he came out and moved the football down the field."

Luck, meanwhile, followed a familiar script Sunday.

He started fast, played efficiently and delivered the late-game victory — just as he did last year as a rookie. Only this time, he took off with 5:20 to go and won this game with his feet on a 19-yard scramble.

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