Journeyman quarterback Jason Campbell tossed three touchdowns and did not commit a turnover as the Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens, 24-18 on Nov. 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.

It was the first time the Ravens have lost to the Browns in their last 12 meetings, dating back to 2008.

The Ravens fell behind early in the game, as the Browns built a 14-3 lead. Campbell hooked up with receiver Davone Bess for two first half touchdowns, including a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Baltimore cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime following a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to rookie receiver Marlon Brown. But Cleveland pushed the lead back out to 21-10 with Campbell’s third touchdown pass of the game, a four-yard strike to tight end Gary Barnidge in the third quarter.

The Ravens closed the gap again at the start of the fourth quarter with another touchdown pass from Flacco to Brown; the pair hooked up again for an ensuing two-point conversion score to make the score 21-18.

But Baltimore couldn’t complete the comeback as the Browns forced the Ravens to punt late in the fourth quarter. Campbell then led his offense on a six-minute and 30-second drive capped by a field goal with only 14 seconds left to secure a 24-18 lead. During the drive, Campbell made several key throws, including a short pass to receiver Greg Little on fourth-and-one which gave the Browns a fresh set of downs with only two minutes left in the game. In the game, Campbell completed 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Little made seven catches for 122 yards.

Flacco and the Ravens’ offense struggled throughout the first half of the game, but eventually found a rhythm in the second half. Flacco completed 24 of 41 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Baltimore’s troubles in the running game continued as Ray Rice rushed for just 17 yards on 11 carries; Flacco led the Ravens in on the ground with 25 yards on three carries.

The loss was Baltimore’s third straight defeat; and in each, the Ravens defense could not stop the opposing offense with ample time left in the fourth quarter. In Cleveland, they allowed the Browns to run the game clock out with a three-point lead and more than six minutes left in the game. The same scenario played out in a 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 20 and in a 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 29.

Baltimore fell to 3-5, their worst record after eight games in any season during the six-year tenure of head coach John Harbaugh.

The Ravens will face the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor