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."
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."
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."
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."
"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."