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Steelers Steelers pound favored Jets in 20-3 win

Sunday, October 08, 2000

By Bill Barnard, The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kordell Stewart's composed, efficient play didn't give the New York Jets a chance for another comeback, especially with Vinny Testaverde on the sideline.

 
Jets QB Ray Lucas fumbles as he is hit by Steelers' linebacker Joey Porter in fourth quarter play this afternoon at Giants Stadium. The Steelers recovered the fumble, one of several turnovers that helped clinch their victory. (Daniel Hulshizer, AP photo) 

Stewart threw to Bobby Shaw for Pittsburgh's first touchdown pass of the season, and the Steelers shackled the previously undefeated Jets in a 20-3 victory Sunday.

The Jets (4-1), virtually injury-free in their first four games, lost Testaverde when the quarterback pinched a nerve in his neck on their very first play. He tore an Achilles' tendon in the first game last year and missed the rest of the season.

Testaverde, who helped the Jets come back in the fourth quarter three times in their four victories, was hurt just as he was throwing an incomplete pass. He was hit hard by linebacker Jason Gildon and left the field holding his left wrist. Doctors said the pinched nerve sent pain shooting down his arm.

Stewart, who lost his job to Kent Graham early this season but got it back last week when Graham hurt his left hip, was effective, if not spectacular.

He was 17-of-26 for 140 yards, converted 10 of 18 third-down plays and completed passes to eight receivers. Jerome Bettis added 107 yards rushing and the first touchdown on the ground against the Jets this season.

Pittsburgh (2-3) also did not have a turnover, while the Jets lost their first two fumbles of the season. Testaverde's backup, Ray Lucas, was intercepted twice and threw for just 99 yards.

The Steelers nursed a 10-3 lead through most of the second half until Stewart sealed the outcome with an 87-yard drive, their second long march of the game, capped by his pass to Shaw. Kris Brown added a 29-yard field goal with 3:01 left.

The Steelers, leading 3-0 after a 43-yard field goal by Brown on the final play of the first quarter, drove 94 yards in 13 plays for a 10-0 lead in the second period.

The drive started after Gildon deflected a field-goal attempt by John Hall, and Pittsburgh's Lee Flowers inexplicably fielded the ball at the 5.

Stewart was 5-for-7 for 46 yards on the long drive, and scrambled once for 20 more. Bettis ran the last 12 yards for the touchdown, with the Steelers winning a replay challenge that he got the ball over the goal line before he was down.

Lucas used the last 1:40 of the first half to drive the Jets to a 40-yard field goal by Hall, making it 10-3.

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