1:00 PM ET, December 8, 2013
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith bounced back in a big way after an early interception had memories of some recent mistakes creeping into his mind.
The rookie quarterback threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New York Jets' suddenly resurgent offense set a season high for points and stopped a three-game skid with a 37-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
"Man, we needed that in the worst way," coach Rex Ryan said, "to say the least."
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Chris Ivory had a touchdown run, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and Antonio Allen blocked a punt and returned it for a score to help the Jets (6-7) avoid their first four-game losing streak under Ryan.
Smith ended a miserable stretch that included getting benched last week by throwing his first touchdown toss since Week 7. He finished 16 of 25 for 219 yards, and ran five times for 50 yards -- and was able to overcome his 20th interception of the season, which led to a field goal for the Raiders.
"I can't sit here and say I'm not human because it is difficult," Smith said. "When you have those struggles and you come out and, the first quarter and first half, you have an interception near the 50-yard line and you kind of start to think about those things, all of those mistakes in the past."
Smith got a boost on the sideline from his teammates, who urged him to hang in there and not lose his confidence.
"That's the mark of this young man," Ryan said. "He's a resilient guy and has shown he can bounce back. It was an excellent performance on his part, and really, the team in general."
Oakland has lost three straight overall, and 13 in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone.
"Today is as bad as we played this whole season," Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. "It was really embarrassing to be part of it. We looked like the Bad News Bears out there."
With the Jets leading 3-0 after Folk's 41-yard field goal, Smith was picked off by Kevin Burnett. The sparse crowd at MetLife Stadium booed loudly, but Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52-yard field goal.
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Despite Smith's turnover, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg went right back to the pass on the next drive. Smith lofted a throw that a leaping Jeremy Kerley came down with for a 25-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
"I just went up and got it," said Kerley, playing for the first time since dislocating his left elbow on Nov. 3. "It felt like backyard football."
It was Smith's first TD pass since Oct. 20 against New England and his second in eight games. It was also New York's first touchdown of any kind in nine quarters.
Terrelle Pryor came in at quarterback on Oakland's third offensive series to help offset the Raiders' lack of running backs with Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart all inactive with injuries. He led a drive capped by a 41-yard field goal by Janikowski.
Then McGloin returned and, on third-and-9 from the 3, Ed Reed got his 62nd career interception and first with the Jets. Folk later made a 23-yard field goal.
Allen blocked Marquette King's punt, recovered it and returned it for a touchdown to put New York ahead 20-3 in the second quarter.
Oakland got on the scoreboard right away in the second half as Reece zipped up the middle for a 63-yard touchdown. He finished with 123 yards on 19 carries.
But the Jets came right back as Smith ran for an 8-yard score, his fourth of the season.
McGloin connected with Rod Streater on a 48-yard touchdown pass on a ball threaded between Reed and Antonio Cromartie, who smacked into each other. The Jets said Cromartie has a head injury, but he finished the game.
Ivory blasted into the end zone from 15 yards, slipping out of three tackle attempts and dragging a fourth Raiders defender over the goal line for a 37-20 lead. The play was set up by Smith's 32-yard scramble.
McGloin, 18 of 31 for 245 yards, connected with Mychal Rivera on a 1-yard touchdown with 2:24 remaining.
"We're out of lifelines," Jets guard Willie Colon said. "We have to execute and have to get it done, and today was the first step."
With 2,475 yards passing, Smith passed Mark Sanchez (2,444 in 2009) for the most by a rookie in franchise history. ... Raiders coach Dennis Allen said TE Nick Kasa and DT Vance Walker suffered concussions, and LB Sio Moore had a neck injury, but he returned.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 8: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks the sidelines during their game...(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||6.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|FG||11:17||Nick Folk 41 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 3:47
|TD||3:23||Jeremy Kerley 25 Yard Pass From Geno Smith (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 1:31
|FG||12:35||Sebastian Janikowski 41 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 58 yds, 5:46
|FG||5:06||Nick Folk 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, -1 yds, 0:51
|TD||4:00||Antonio Allen Recovery of Blocked Punt (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -7 yds, 1:08
|TD||14:08||Marcel Reece 63 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 79 yds, 1:02
|TD||9:19||Geno Smith 8 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:43
|TD||6:26||Rod Streater 48 Yard Pass From Matt Mcgloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:57
|FG||2:51||Nick Folk 51 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yds, 3:31
|FG||13:25||Sebastian Janikowski 40 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yds, 4:26
|TD||9:07||Chris Ivory 15 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yds, 4:23
|TD||2:24||Mychal Rivera 1 Yard Pass From Matt Mcgloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 16 plays, 78 yds, 6:34
Geno Smith's Total QBR was 87.3 against the Raiders, the highest of his career. In his previous 5 games his combined Total QBR was 3.8 (Jets 1-4).
Geno Smith showed life throwing the ball downfield against the Raiders, completing 3-of-4 attempts of at least 15 yards with a touchdown. Coming into the game, Smith had just three touchdowns and 11 interceptions on such throws, including zero scores and five picks in the last three games.[+]
Geno Smith Comp Pct by Throw Distance, 2013
Marcel Reece's 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest rush allowed by the Jets defense this season.
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