49ers' Dorsey continues winning ways

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO Ken Dorsey still knows how to win, even when it's only for Bay area bragging rights.

Dorsey threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to fullback Matt Stanley with 2:19 left, giving the San Francisco 49ers a 14-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night in the annual Battle of the Bay exhibition game.

Rick Mirer led the Raiders to the San Francisco 9 in the final minute, but the veteran quarterback fumbled a fourth-down snap with 26 seconds left.

Dorsey, who led the University of Miami to 38 victories and a national title during a prolific college career, had another strong game in his fight to make the 49ers' roster.

Playing for his favorite childhood team against its cross-Bay rivals, the seventh-round draft choice was just 6-of-15 for 47 yards but he made all of the most important throws during a 71-yard drive. Stanley nearly dropped the soft screen pass, but recovered from his bobble and dove across the goal line.

Brandon Doman Dorsey's competition for the No. 3 quarterback job also threw a TD pass as the 49ers (2-0) rallied to beat the Raiders' third-string defenders in the fourth quarter.

After missing his first four kicks of the preseason, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 45-yard field goal with 7:35 left for the Raiders (1-1), who got solid performances from their starters on both sides of the ball.

Exciting rookie Justin Fargas rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown, while Mirer was 9-of-16 for 134 yards.

All-Pro center Barret Robbins also got his first preseason action on the Raiders' final possession of the first half. Robbins hadn't played since being suspended a few hours before the Super Bowl following a two-day drinking binge, and he has practiced sparingly in training camp while recovering from knee surgery.

Candlestick Park was wind-chilled and only half-full at game time though the early start on a weeknight was primarily responsible, since the stadium gradually filled. Raiders fans sat peacefully with San Francisco fans, but at least two small fights broke out in the stands.

San Francisco cut Oakland's lead to 16-15 in the overall Battle of the Bay preseason history but the 49ers' 23-20 overtime victory last season was the teams' only regular-season meeting until 2006.

Doman hit Cedrick Wilson for a 10-yard score on the first play of a second-quarter drive set up by Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson, who forced a fumble with a vicious sack of Marques Tuiasosopo.

Oakland tied it up with a 64-yard scoring drive led by Mirer midway through the third quarter. Fargas, making the most of starter Charlie Garner's absence, and rookie receiver Teyo Johnson both had big plays, with Fargas easily scoring on a fourth-and-1 at the goal line.

Dana Stubblefield, cut by the 49ers and signed by Oakland in the offseason, particularly enjoyed the game.

''It's a little weird, especially playing against the guys I've practiced with for a couple of years,'' he said. ''We went out and had some fun and got our work done.''

Ahmed Plummer, the 49ers' starting cornerback, left the field on a cart during the first quarter with a bruised left ankle. Scott Gragg, the starting right tackle, sprained his ankle when Stubblefield rolled onto him in the second quarter. Backup offensive lineman Craig Osika and Wilson also sprained ankles.

Jeff Garcia sat out to rest his sore back, and Garrison Hearst joined him on the sidelines along with defensive tackle Bryant Young and cornerback Jason Webster.

Garner sat out for Oakland along with cornerbacks Phillip Buchanon and rookie Nnamdi Asomugha.



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