Third quarter

Peephole perspective: The frustration continued for the Seahawks. Another missed field goal. A dropped pass at the 2-yard line. Plays of 51 and 49 yards by the Raiders. Oakland 13-0.

Player of the quarter: Darren McFadden. No back had rushed for more than 100 yards against the Seahawks this season. Emphasis on had. McFadden broke a 49-yarder early in the quarter and added a 20-yarder late in the quarter.

Play of the quarter: Another screen pass that went for big yards against the Seahawks – this time a 51-yarder by former UW receiver Marcel Reece.

Number of the quarter: 0. As in the Seahawks’ point total through three quarters.

The bigger picture: Matt Hasselbeck completed two of his first three passes on the first possession of the second half and Marshawn Lynch had a 5-yard run. But the drive stalled and Jon Ryan got off a 62-yard punt to pin the Raiders deep in their own territory.

After holding McFadden to 31 yards on his first 13 carries, the Raiders’ explosively quick back ripped off a 49-yarder to the Seahawks’ 31 on the third play of the ensuing series. Jacoby Ford then took a reverse for 11 yards to the Seahawks’ 20, and got a block from Jason Campbell on SS Lawyer Milloy to help spring him. But the defense then held, forcing the Raiders to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Sabastian Janikowski – and a 13-0 lead with 9:09 left in the quarter. DT Craig Terrill and MLB Lofa Tatupu combined to stop McFadden for a 2-yard gain on second down and LB Will Herring deflected Campbell’s third-down pass incomplete.

Leon Washington returned Janikowski’s kickoff 37 yards to the Seahawks’ 36. And they moved to the Raiders’ 12 as rookie WR Golden Tate made a leaping grab of a Hasselbeck pass along the sideline for a 24-yard gain and Raiders CB was called for a 31-yard pass interference penalty against Deon Butler. But Mike Williams dropped Hasselbeck third-down pass at the 2 and Olindo Mare was wide left on a 29-yard field goal attempt.

Adding insult to ineffectiveness, Marcel Reece took a screen pass and rambled 51 yards to the Seahawks’ 30 on the Raiders’ second play of the ensuing series. But that play also was wasted as Janikowski was wide left on a 45-yard attempt.

The Seahawks couldn’t generate a first down and Ryan kicked the Raiders into another hole with a 56-yard punt. It didn’t last, however, as Bush caught a deflected pass and took it 55 yards to the Seahawks’ 30. McFadden then broke a 20-yard run to the 10, and became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Seahawks this season.

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