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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-10-23


Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-10-23
--One of the most infamous games in Browns history was played between the Browns and Jaguars on Dec. 16, 2001. Jacksonville won the game now known as "Bottlegate," 15-10. A completed pass to Quincy Morgan on fourth down for three yards and a first down at the Jacksonville 9 was overturned after the Browns ran another play.


Fans hurled plastic bottles full of beer onto the field. Referee Terry McCauley sent teams to their locker rooms and called the game with 48 seconds to play, but after a 25-minute delay, on orders of Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, called both teams back out to finish the game.

The only touchdown the Browns scored in Bottlegate was registered by cornerback Anthony Henry on a 97-yard interception return. It is the second longest in Browns history. Brodney Pool returned one 100 yards for a touchdown against the Ravens last year.

--The 2000 season was filled with misery. The lowest point was back-to-back road losses to the Ravens and Jaguars. A week after the Ravens embarrassed the Browns 44-7, the Ravens trumped that by winning 48-0. Those two losses sealed the fate of coach Chris Palmer. Spergon Wynn played quarterback in Jacksonville. The Browns had a net minus-nine yards passing. They made two first downs -- one on a 17-yard run by Travis Prentice and one on a Jacksonville penalty. The Browns never crossed the 50.

--The Browns were beaten twice by the expansion Jaguars in 1995. In the days leading up to the game played on Oct. 22, wide receiver Andre Rison guaranteed "We'll whip Jacksonville's butt." Instead, the Jaguars won, 23-15, to improve their record to 3-5 and tie a record for victories by an expansion team. The Browns were inside the 20-yard-line four times and managed only nine points.

--The final game played by the former Browns franchise was a 24-21 loss to the Jaguars in Cleveland Stadium on Dec. 24, 1995. It was a sad, gray day. After the game, players walked along the inner ring of the stadium high-fiving fans and thanking them for their loyalty. Fans were not angry with the players, but they expressed their wrath toward Art Modell, who in November 1995 announced he was moving the team to Baltimore. A crowd of 66,007 attended the final game. Many tore out seats and bleachers and anything they could to take home as souvenirs.

--A 50-yard pass completion from Tim Couch to Quincy Morgan on the final play and the PAT by Phil Dawson gave the Browns a 21-20 squeaker over the Jaguars on Dec. 8, 2002. Morgan caught the ball with his left hand while fighting off Fernando Bryant with his right. Morgan landed with the ball tucked close to his body. Officials reviewed the play to make certain the ball did not touch the ground when Morgan landed. It was close, but the call of completed pass stood. Before kicking the game-winning extra point, Dawson missed one field goal, had another blocked and kicked off out of bounds, but he made the game-winner with 0:00 on the clock.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Rushing touchdowns allowed by the Browns in the first six games. They allowed eight rushing touchdowns all last year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is something we definitely don't need right now because we're 2-4. We need to focus on winning games. All this other stuff will take care of itself. If we don't focus on the Jaguars, they're going to beat our heads in. They don't care what we're going through." -- MLB Andra Davis, on the distraction caused by Kellen Winslow, who on Tuesday was suspended for one game by the Browns.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 23, 2008

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