First Half Titans Game Notes

WITHERSPOON STARTS, RECORDS SACK: Linebacker Will Witherspoon, a free agent acquisition during the offseason, missed the entire week of practice for personal reasons.  However, he was in the starting lineup against the Raiders, and on the Raiders' second possession, he recorded a seven-yard sack. 

YOUNG AND WASHINGTON CONNECT: The Titans took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Nate Washington.  The pass was the third longest of Young's career (73, 66), and the reception was the second longest of Washington's career (65).  It was the fourth time the duo connected for a touchdown since Washington's arrival in 2009.  

FORD CREATES TURNOVER: In the first quarter, defensive end Jacob Ford sacked Jason Campbell deep in Oakland territory.  Campbell lost the ball on the play, and it was recovered by safety Michael Griffin, eventually leading to a Titans touchdown.   The sack gave Ford 13.5 in his career.

RINGER'S FIRST TD: In the second quarter, Javon Ringer gave the Titans a 17-3 lead with a 15-yard touchdown run.  It was the first career touchdown for Ringer, a fifth-round pick from Michigan State in 2009.  As a rookie, Ringer posted eight carries for 48 yards.

OFFSEASON ADDITIONS GET SACKS: In the first half, three of the primary defensive acquisitions for the Titans during the offseason recorded sacks.  Free agents Will Witherspoon and Jason Babin each took down Jason Campbell in the backfield, as did first-round draft choice Derrick Morgan.

JOHNSON GOES LONG (AGAIN): In the second quarter, Chris Johnson put the Titans ahead 24-3 with a 76-yard touchdown run, the fourth longest run of his career and the ninth career attempt of 50-plus yards.  The run also put him above the 100-yard mark in the game.  With 12 consecutive games of 100 or more rushing yards, dating back to Oct. 18, 2009, Johnson's streak is now second in NFL history to Barry Sanders' run of 14 games in 1997 and ahead of Marcus Allen's 11-game streak from 1985-1986.

TITANS CONTROL FIRST-HALF STATS: The Titans took a 24-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.  In the first half, they out-gained the Raiders 264 yards to 106, held the Raiders without a conversion on third down (0-7) and recorded four sacks.  They out-rushed the Raiders in the half 162 to 68, and Vince Young posted a first-half passer rating of 140.4 to Jason Campbell's 69.9.

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