Originally created 08/30/98

Cardinals topple Raiders, 21-14



OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Pittman ran for his third touchdown, a 4-yard run with 44 seconds remaining, to give the Arizona Cardinals a 21-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday in the teams' exhibition finale.

Pittman also had a 1-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals (2-2), who pulled their first-string offense in the first quarter.

Stoney Case, who was 15-of-25 for 158 yards while playing most of the game for Arizona, led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 58-yard drive in the closing minutes to set up Pittman's third scoring run.

Donald Hollas threw scoring passes of 27 yards to Kenny Shedd and 9 yards to Terry Mickens for the Raiders (2-2), who lost their last two exhibition games at home after beginning the preseason with wins at Dallas and Green Bay.

Hollas was 20-of-34 for 213 yards. Starter Jeff George was just 2-of-5 for 17 yards for Oakland before leaving the game midway through the second quarter.

The Raiders were held to 50 yards on 15 rushes and did not get a first down on the ground in the game.

Jake Plummer completed all eight of his passes and then joined the rest of Arizona's first-string offense on the sidelines after one series. Plummer threw for 61 yards while leading the Cardinals on a game-opening 18-play drive that covered 84 yards and lasted 10:40, concluding with Pittman's 1-yard scoring run.

The Raiders sacked Case four times, including three by third-string defensive tackle Chuck Osborne, who forced two fumbles by Case.

Case also was knocked out of the game for one play early in the fourth quarter when he was tackled by Aundray Bruce, who was penalized for roughing the passer.

The Cardinals and Raiders meet during the regular season, playing Oct. 4 at Arizona.