Dolphins Roll Over Raiders At Home In 35-13 Victory

Posted Sep 16, 2012

Offensive fireworks in second half the key the first win of the Philbin and Tannehill era.

What a game of firsts it was for the Miami Dolphins this afternoon in their 35-13 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders, especially for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Miami’s first-round pick of April’s NFL Draft opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run to finish off the game’s opening drive, beating the Raiders secondary to the pylon. He then sealed the win with his first career touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to tight end Anthony Fasano, with 11:45 left in the game to stretch the lead to 15 points.

The Dolphins picked up their first win of the season to even their record at 1-1, which was the most important thing to the home fans at Sun Life Stadium, and Head Coach Joe Philbin earned his first career win. In addition to Tannehill, running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brian Hartline were the catalysts behind the convincing outcome.

Bush went crazy in the second half en route to a memorable performance that saw him rush for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, including a 65-yarder that broke the game open. He also caught three passes for 25 yards, while Hartline reeled in nine for 111 yards.

Tannehill completed 18-of-30 passes for an even 200 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions and helped Miami score the fifth-most points in a home opener in franchise history, tying the mark. The offense also racked up more than 400 yards of offense.

The New York Jets come to town next Sunday for the first division game on the Dolphins’ schedule.
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