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September 21, 2008
Postgame notes

Here's some of what was said that was forwarded to me after today's 24-23 loss at Buffalo.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin on why he didn't try to save some time with timeouts on the Bills' last drive:

"I didn't want them to call another play. Watching what was going on, they kept moving on each play that they ran. I didn't want to call a time-out earlier. I wanted to keep the field goal where it was, give us a chance for them to miss that, as opposed to calling those time-outs, letting them hand off to Lynch again and all of a sudden be down there on the 5-yard line and have a chip shot."

On the impact of Gibril Wilson's ejection in the fourth quarter and having to play rookie Tyvon Branch:

"Looking at it quick, I saw one play where the guy slipped off and got about 6 or 7 yards extra. We just got to make better decisions. That was a crucial 15-yard penalty, too. It takes away the chance for a big return when you're kicking off after a personal foul."

On was this his last game as coach:

"I don't even think about that because what's that going to do? I'm going to watch the film on the way home, like I always do, of the game, and see how we can get better. I can't control."

Overall, Kiffin said the entire team was to blame for this loss.

*The offense didn't milk the clock late to put the game away -- This is where Justin Fargas was so good last year.

*The defense didn't get the stops late

*Special teams didn't produce a big return late.

*DT Gerard Warren left the game with a neck injury. If the injury is serious, the team will almost certainly need to add another defensive tackle. The team would have only Tommy Kelly, Terdell Sands and Fred Wakefield without Warren.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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