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August 8, 2008
Live 49ers blog: Your cure for the TV blackout

-- Marques Tuiasosopo just ran a quarterback keeper that fooled everyone. He gains 31 yards and it seems the game is pretty much salted away ...
-- Raiders are trying to run out the clock. Nolan burns first time out.

-- ... Hill escapes rush, fires deep pass to Robert Ortiz in the end zone. Ortiz, however, has broken off route and the ball falls incomplete. Ball goes over on downs.
-- Hill just threw two incompletions to Thomas Clayton. One boinked off his helmet; he wasn't looking for the "hot read" on the second. Third and 10. Complete for Clayton but he's hit immediately for only a one-yard gain. Fourth and 9 ...
-- A nice pass from Hill to to Cam Colvin is negated by a holding penalty on Joe Toledo. 1st and 20 from the SF 40.

-- I'm back. Ricky Schmitt, who can both kick and punt, just booted a 38-yard field goal for the 49ers. Hill should have had a touchdown on a beautifully thrown pass to the right side of the end zone over two Raiders defenders. Jason Hill, however, let it go through his grasp.

-- Sorry, have to sign off for now and concentrate on tomorrow's newspaper stories ...
-- Long, long run by RB Louis Rankin to the 5 yard line. The 49ers stiffen at the goal line and the Raiders have to settle for a field goal. 18-3.
-- On fourth and three, Hill can't find an open receiver. He tries to go deep for Jason Hill but the pass is too short and INTed by S Hiram Eugene. That's the end of the 3rd Quarter. Two INT, two fumbles ...
-- Shaun Hill is in the game with 2:45 to go in the third quarter. Let's see if he can put the ball in the end zone ... His first pass is a quick screen to J. Hill, which hje takes upfield for 7 yards ...

-- Smith on second down fires a pass to Dominique Zeigler. But the ball is stripped by Waddell and the Raiders take over at the SF 44. Turnover No. 3 for all of you scoring at home ...

- Scratch that. 49ers get a delay-of-game penalty. Raiders go for two and succeed on pass to Chaz Schilens
- On fourth and 1 from the five, the Raiders go for it. Shawntae Spencer whiffs on Michael Bush, who plows over safety D.J. Parker for a touchdown. 14-3
- Keith Lewis just made a nice play to knock down a pass in the end zone. Lewis is not the fastest guy on the team but his instincts always seem to be dead on. It's now 3rd and 7 at the 11 ...
- Big gain on a delayed screen to Michael Bush. Raiders on the 14 yard line.
- Raiders driving. Dontarrious Thomas is playing Patrick Willis' "Mike" linebacker spot and making lots of tackles. He had four tackles in the first half. Larry Grant is playing "Ted."

SECOND HALF

- What to do? Field goal. Nedney nails 22-yarder. 7-3 Raiders.
- Keasey gains 1; Nolan calls timeout with :18 seconds in the half. What to do, what to do ...?
- On second down, short pass to Walker, gain of five. Third and 2 from the 5 ...
- Smith is living up to his reputation: starting out slowly but playing well in the two-minute offense.
- Smith scrambles, finds Arnaz Battle for gain of 10. Personal foul on Terdell Sands put sball on the 12. Two-minute marning.
- Quick pass to Walker to the left, picks up five; 3rd and 5
- Inc. pass on delayed screen to Thomas Clayton
- Smith 0-3, but he steps into throw and finds Battle for a 23-yard gain to Raiders 40.
- Trevor Scott, the guy the 49ers couldn't block Monday, busts in and rushes Smith's throw. Inc.
- Rossum has a nice kick return to the 37. Smith gets another chance. First pass slightly behind Jason Hill inc., knocked down by CB Chris Johnson.

- Smith scrambles, pass to Hill is a one hopper. Punt ... Johnnie Lee Higgins takes punt 53 yards into the end zone. Punctuates touchdown with a backflip. 7-0 Raiders.
- Second-team offense is in; Morgan and Jason Hill are the receivers. Holding on Barry Sims declined ...
-- Eric Heitmann has a right hip injury. Rookie Cody Wallace was in during the last series. I see Heitmann walking on the sideline; doesn't appear serious.

- Raiders go for it on 4th and 2 from the 11. Bush only gains a yard.. Niners take over at the 10. Alex Smith is in.
- Raiders driving deep into 49ers territory against 49ers second-team defense. Kentwan balmer is playing LDE, Ronald Field NT and Walter Curry RDE.

- Third and 6 ... JTO scrambles, fumbles ,,, recovered by CB Michael Waddell
- Another JTO-to-Morgan pass, gain of 15 ...
- Raiders second-team defense is in; 49ers still have starters ...
- Raiders and Andrew Walter go three and out. Punt. JTO is still in the game ..

- Don't go buying that No. 14 jersey just yet. JTO has plenty of time to throw but tosses into coverage. Intercepted by Stanford Routt at the 1 yard line. he fumbles but it's recovered by Terdell Sands .. Raiders ball.
- Inc, then another JTO-to-Morgan pass to the oakland 35, gain of 20 ... Raiders challenging play ... Morgan juggles as he's tackled but seems to control it at last second ... Ruling stands. Catch.
- JTO 22-yard pass to Josh Morgan to end the quarter. Ball was in the air before Morgan broke on it ..
- Another Foster run for one yard ...
- Two Foster runs -- where's the pass? -- net 13 yards. First down at 22 ...
- JTO starts at the 9. So far he's 2-3 for 20 yards ... First-team offense still in. Only three defensive starters ...

- Raiders 3rd down pass incomplete. Punt ...
- Holding penalty, but it's not on Kwame. 1st and 20 from the 41 ...
- With the exception of M. Lewis, first-team defense has left the game ...
- Fargas just ran for 8; Raiders are driving at the 37 ...
- Darren McFadden gets first carry; gain of four, tackled by Smith
- Raiders start at own 10 after penalty on punt

- On 3rd down, JTO flips pass backward to Foster. play loses four yards. Punt ...
- JTO's first inc.; screen knocked down by linebacker ...
- Morgan gets first catch; gain of 11 on quick slant ...
- 49ers start out on their own 23 ... Gore out; DeShaun Foster in. Keasey out; Delanie Walker in ...

- Ray McDonald trips up Russell for the sack on 3rd and 10. Punt ...
- Goldson just had a great hit behind the l.o.s on Fargas ...
- Niners on defense; Justin Smith playing ROLB; Jeff Ulbrich at "ted"

- Well, so much for a pass-heavy offense. O'Sullivan threw on second down, a gain of nine yards to Vernon Davis. Frank Gore, however, was stuffed on third and one. Punt. ...
- JT O'Sullivan era begins ... with a handoff
- Allen Rossum back to return kickoff ...
- Coin toss: Niners win, elect to receive ... Tails never fails...
- Both teams are out of the tunnel; Kwame Harris just introduced to light applause ... JaMarcus Russell's ovation was slightly louder ...

Welcome to the NFL, rook! It looks as if Isaac Bruce is sitting this one out, which means that rookie receiver Josh Morgan gets the start alongside Arnaz Battle. The O'Sullivan-to-Morgan era begins tonight. Dashon Goldson will start as FS for Mark Roman. As reported yesterday, Michael Lewis will have the radio receiver in the first half ... Keith Lewis will have it in the second. For the Raiders, LB Kirk Morrison will have it in the first half; Edgerton Hartwell will have it in the second ...

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Hartwell might want to think twice about getting into another kerfluffle with Moran Norris. Mike Pereira, the head of NFL officiating, is in the house tonight.

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Meanwhile, here's the press box setup at McAfee. See who I'm sitting next to? Do you still want to be a sportswriter?



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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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