- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2005

BALTIMORE — None of the starters got hurt.

In far less important news, the Washington Redskins closed their preseason with a 26-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens last night at M&T; Bank Stadium. The Ravens won on a 66-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Derek Anderson to Randy Hymes 2:21 into overtime.

The Redskins’ starting offense played two series, some of the first-team defense played only one possession and even though the special teams committed five first-half penalties, the 1-3 preseason can be labeled successful from a standpoint of health although reserve H-back Manuel White sustained a broken leg in the second quarter.

In a frenetic finish to the fourth quarter, Baltimore appeared to assure victory with 1:46 remaining in regulation when Anderson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Hymes for a 20-17 lead. But the Redskins forced overtime on John Hall’s 46-yard field goal as time expired.

But who really cares about the result? It’s time for the real stuff, which starts for the Redskins on Sept. 11 against Chicago. If Matt Bowen and Taylor Jacobs return, the Redskins should be at full health except for punter Tom Tupa.

Coach Joe Gibbs took no risks with his starters, barely allowing them to break a sweat. Quarterback Patrick Ramsey went 1-for-2 for 10 yards (and was sacked twice) in two possessions. Clinton Portis departed after two plays and runs of 3 and 13 yards.

Ramsey finished the preseason 29 of 49 for 418 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Defensively, LaVar Arrington saw extensive action, playing into the third quarter and primarily at outside linebacker. In his preseason debut last week against Pittsburgh, he was used mostly at defensive end.

Arrington’s highlight came on Baltimore’s second series when he stuffed Jamal Lewis for no gain on third-and-1.

Backup Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell led two first-half scoring drives and was 7-for-16 for 103 yards and one touchdown. Four passes were dropped by Antonio Brown, whose status on the roster is precarious because of his uneven play on offense and special teams.

In his second series, which bridged the first and second quarters, Brunell led a 10-play, 49-yard drive. Rock Cartwright ran 17 yards into Ravens territory, and two plays later Brunell hit wide-open James Thrash for 29 yards down the right sideline. Hall ended the drive with a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

Brunell was 34 of 58 for 403 yards and one touchdown in the preseason.

Baltimore’s starting offense was blanked by the Redskins’ first two units, and Anthony Wright was the quarterback when the Ravens tied it 3-3 on Matt Stover’s 40-yard field goal 5:25 before halftime.

On the following possession, the Redskins went 79 yards in 11 plays to take a 10-3 lead. Brunell rolled left and connected with tight end Mike Sellers for a 25-yard gain. Three plays later on third-and-9 from the Redskins 49, Brunell threw 12 yards to Brian Kozlowski.

Six plays after that on a third-and-8 play, Brunell threw a perfect pass to Jimmy Farris in the back right corner of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown, giving Washington a 10-3 halftime lead.

The second half featured rookie quarterback Jason Campbell’s most extensive action of the preseason and plenty of penalties — including one play that had three fouls.

The Ravens capitalized on Campbell’s second interception of the third quarter, making it 10-6 on Stover’s 31-yard field goal. Redskins linebacker Zac Keasey saved a touchdown on the previous play, getting a hand on Wright’s pass intended for Trent Smith.

Rich Parson returned the kickoff 39 yards, setting up another Farris touchdown. On third-and-11, Campbell arched a throw down the right sideline, hitting Farris in stride for a 37-yard touchdown and a 17-6 Redskins advantage with 1:36 remaining in the third. It was Campbell’s first touchdown toss of the preseason.

The scoring continued on Baltimore’s next possession as the Ravens drove 91 yards on 12 plays to make it 17-12 with 9:54 remaining on Wright’s 1-yard TD toss to Smith. On the previous play, a fourth-and-goal, the Redskins’ Rufus Brown was called for pass interference in the end zone.

Parson’s impressive second half continued when he took the kickoff back 40 yards, but the Redskins punted.

Late in the fourth quarter, Baltimore moved into Redskins’ territory on a bizarre play. Anderson threw 17 yards to Patrick Johnson, who fumbled. The ball bounced into the hands of Terry Jones, who ran 14 yards.

Baltimore used that good fortune to score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:46 remaining when Hymes beat Rufus Brown and caught a 22-yard pass from Anderson. Hymes caught the two-point conversion.

The Redskins drove into Baltimore territory in the final minute, Campbell throwing 36 yards to Kevin Dyson with 1:17 remaining. Several plays later, Campbell was flagged for throwing after passing the line of scrimmage, moving Washington back to the 41. On the next play, Campbell threw 13 yards to Farris with two seconds remaining. Hall’s field goal then forced overtime.

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