Having gone seven weeks and 96:13 worth of fourth-quarter clock time without scoring a point, Raiders coach Hue Jackson found an answer where he least expected it.

It came in the form of a 47-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to wide receiver Louis Murphy down the right sideline to the 3-yard line.

One play later, Michael Bush scored on a 3-yard run, the Raiders led 25-13 and had their first fourth-quarter points since 10 minutes remained in the game in a Week 5 win over the Houston Texans.

"That's a play I saved in my pocket," Jackson said. "Sometimes you call them at the right time."

Murphy had one catch for 6 yards earlier in the game and now has three catches this season after being inactive for the first five games after sports hernia surgery and being a little-used reserve in the next five.

In 2009 and 2010, no Raiders wide receiver caught more passes (75) or gained more yards receiving (1,130) than Murphy.

"It's just a relief," Murphy said. "You start to doubt yourself. Can I still play this game? Coach has been telling me, 'Murph, keep focused. Keep going.' "

Palmer's pass was perfect, and Oakland's protection, spotty all day, gave him ample time to throw.

"He threw a great ball, and when we worked on it in practice, he said, let's hit this play right here," Murphy said. "The whole game I was thinking they were going to call it, and it just happened to be in the fourth quarter at the end of the game."


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Palmer, who was retired and spending Sundays watching football on TV the last time the Raiders scored in the fourth quarter, loved everything about it.''

"Great call. Coach (Al) Saunders, Coach Jackson, the timing of it," Palmer said. "The looks we set up to get it were great. At that point in the game, just a great (gutsy) call to pull out. Louis hadn't had a lot of catches. All year. He knew that was something special for him in the package. He did a great job of executing it."

  • The Raiders were 3 for 15 in third-down conversions, and two came on their lone touchdown drive. One came on the long pass to Murphy, and the other came earlier on the drive when Palmer hit Chaz Schilens for 14 yards on a third-and-6 one play after a holding call on Samson Satele.

  • Tight end David Ausberry credited teammate Matt Giordano for "taking one for the team" on the onside-kick recovery near the end of the game. Giordano caught Robbie Gould's bouncer only to be flattened by Charles Tillman, with the loose ball rolling to Ausberry.

    Asked what was going on at the bottom of the pile, Ausberry said, "Everything you could imagine. I had it. Just a bunch of mangled bodies under there."

  • Weakside linebacker Aaron Curry was credited with just four tackles but was a wide-ranging force all over the field. His pressure forced a Caleb Hanie interception to Stanford Routt, and his pass breakup ended up in the arms of Kamerion Wimbley and was returned 73 yards to set up a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

    Curry said he remembered the play from film study and that the Bears ran it against Tampa Bay in London. He lamented not holding on to the ball.

    "I'm just going to wait for them to throw it to me," Curry said. "It just happened to go through my hands. When it hit my hands, I was in full speed already, so it would have been (a touchdown). They weren't going to catch me."

  • The Raiders had just one penalty for 4 yards in the first half and finished with six for 44 yards, their second-lowest totals of the season in both penalties and yardage. Oakland had five penalties for 35 yards against Cleveland.

    "We know we have to cut down on the penalty issue," Jackson said. "It's taken awhile to get this elephant out of the room. It's still there, but I think the guys understand that we have to do better to attain our goal."