Dawson draws Browns even

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 6:43 pm

CLEVELAND — Phil Dawson kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the score at 10 between the Browns and Miami Dolphins with 10:37 remaining in the third quarter of play at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson — whose kick capped off a nine-play, 68-yard drive — moved passed Don Cockroft for second place on the Browns’ all-time scoring list. He has scored 1,081 points in a Browns uniform.


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Browns trail at the half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 6:25 pm

CLEVELAND — After missing from 51 yards out earlier in the first half, Miami kicker Dan Carpenter connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Carpenter’s kick capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:38 off the clock.

Colt McCoy’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs has drawn the Browns even with the Miami Dolphins at 7-7 with 7:16 remaining in the first half.

At the start of the play, McCoy faked a handoff to running back Montario Hardesty and rolled out to his right. Just as Miami’s defense was closing in on McCoy, he threw the ball deep to Cribbs, who had gotten past the coverage. Cribbs out-jumped left cornerback Sean Smith before securing the ball and the score.

The Browns needed just six plays to go 59 yards for the game-tying score and again, a special teams play served as the catalyst for the team’s first scoring drive of the game.

In the first two weeks, it was a kickoff return of more than 50 yards by Cribbs. In today’s game, it was Dan Carpenter’s 51-yard missed field goal attempt.

Chad Henne’s 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Daniel Thomas gave the Miami Dolphins a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium and they took that advantage into the second quarter.

Henne was able to extend a play two snaps earlier after being flushed out of the pocket by Browns rookie Jabaal Sheard. He stepped up and appeared to have running room, but instead delivered a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano for a first down.

The Henne-to-Thomas connection capped off a four-play drive that was set up by Jimmy Wilson’s interception of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy rolled out to his right on second-and-four and threw a pass across his body toward Mohamed Massaquoi, but Wilson was able to corral the interception.

Later in the first quarter, the Dolphins were looking to add to their lead, but Browns defensive end Jayme Mitchell registered his first career forced fumble in the waning moments of the period.

On second-and-eight from the Browns’ 22-yard line, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush gained three yards running to the left side of the formation. Mitchell and safety T.J. Ward combined on the tackle and Mitchell knocked the ball loose at the end of the play. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recovered the ball for the Browns.


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Carpenter gives Miami lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 6:19 pm

CLEVELAND — After missing from 51 yards out earlier in the first half, Miami kicker Dan Carpenter connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Carpenter’s kick capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:38 off the clock.


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Browns draw even

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:59 pm

CLEVELAND — Colt McCoy’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs has drawn the Browns even with the Miami Dolphins at 7-7 with 7:16 remaining in the first half from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

At the start of the play, McCoy faked a handoff to running back Montario Hardesty and rolled out to his right. Just as Miami’s defense was closing in on McCoy, he threw the ball deep to Cribbs, who had gotten past the coverage. Cribbs out-jumped left cornerback Sean Smith before securing the ball and the score.

The Browns needed just six plays to go 59 yards for the game-tying score and again, a special teams play served as the catalyst for the team’s first scoring drive of the game.

In the first two weeks, it was a kickoff return of more than 50 yards by Cribbs. In today’s game, it was Dan Carpenter’s 51-yard missed field goal attempt.


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Carpenter goes wide left

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:50 pm

CLEVELAND — Miami kicker Dan Carpenter missed a 51-yard field goal attempt wide left with 9:59 remaining in the second quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The score remains 7-0 in favor of the Dolphins, but the Browns will have a first-and-10 from their own 41-yard line.


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Dolphins lead after one

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:43 pm

CLEVELAND — Chad Henne’s 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Daniel Thomas gave the Miami Dolphins a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium and they took that advantage into the second quarter.

Henne was able to extend a play two snaps earlier after being flushed out of the pocket by Browns rookie Jabaal Sheard. He stepped up and appeared to have running room, but instead delivered a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano for a first down.

The Henne-to-Thomas connection capped off a four-play drive that was set up by Jimmy Wilson’s interception of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy rolled out to his right on second-and-four and threw a pass across his body toward Mohamed Massaquoi, but Wilson was able to corral the interception.

Later in the first quarter, the Dolphins were looking to add to their lead, but Browns defensive end Jayme Mitchell registered his first career forced fumble in the waning moments of the period.

On second-and-eight from the Browns’ 22-yard line, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush gained three yards running to the left side of the formation. Mitchell and safety T.J. Ward combined on the tackle and Mitchell knocked the ball loose at the end of the play. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recovered the ball for the Browns.


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Mitchell forces Miami turnover

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:40 pm

CLEVELAND — Browns defensive end Jayme Mitchell registered his first career forced fumble in the waning moments of the first quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

On second-and-eight from the Browns’ 22-yard line, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush gained three yards running to the left side of the formation. Mitchell and safety T.J. Ward combined on the tackle and Mitchell knocked the ball loose at the end of the play. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recovered the ball for the Browns.


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Thomas scores for Miami

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:22 pm

CLEVELAND — Chad Henne’s 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Daniel Thomas has given the Miami Dolphins a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Henne was able to extend a play two snaps earlier after being flushed out of the pocket by Browns rookie Jabaal Sheard. He stepped up and appeared to have running room, but instead delivered a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano for a first down.

The Henne-to-Thomas connection capped off a four-play drive that was set up by Jimmy Wilson’s interception of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy rolled out to his right on second-and-four and threw a pass across his body toward Mohamed Massaquoi, but Wilson was able to corral the interception.


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Pregame Conditions

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 5:03 pm

CLEVELAND — The Browns and Dolphins are moments away from kickoff at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Dolphins called ‘tails’, won the coin toss and elected to take the ball. The Browns will kick off and defend the East end zone in the first quarter.

The current temperature is 70 degrees, with 72 percent humidity. It is mostly cloudy with a chance of a passing shower and a thunderstorm later in the afternoon.


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Hillis out vs. Dolphins

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 3:31 pm

CLEVELAND — Browns running back Peyton Hillis will not play today against the Miami Dolphins. Second-year pro Montario Hardesty will start in his place.

Hillis leads the Browns with 151 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries. He gained 94 yards and scored two touchdowns on 27 carries in the Browns’ 27-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts last week. Hardesty has run for 19 yards on eight carries in two games this season.

Offensive linemen Tony Pashos and Steve Vallos, tight end Jordan Cameron, defensive back Eric Hagg, linebacker Titus Brown and quarterback Thaddeus Lewis are also inactive for the Browns.

Veteran Artis Hicks will start in place of Pashos at right tackle.

The Dolphins will be without wide receiver Roberto Wallace, cornerback Vontae Davis, linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis, offensive lineman Ryan Cook, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, tight end Will Yeatman and defensive end Phillip Merling.

Nolan Carroll will start in place of Davis at right cornerback and Lex Hilliard has been moved into the starting lineup at fullback.


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