EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Terrelle Pryor, back at MetLife Stadium and playing for the first time since the day he lost his job, did enough to get the Raiders three points.
He didn't do enough to stay in the game.
With undrafted rookie Matt McGloin completing 13 of 21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the second half of a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets, Pryor will remain a spot player with three games to play in the season.
On McGloin's first two possessions, the Raiders punted. On their third possession, following an interception by Kevin Burnett at the Jets 37, they failed to move the ball and were forced to settle for a field goal that Sebastian Janikowski missed.
Trailing 10-0, Pryor entered and led the Raiders on a 58-yard drive that ended in a 41-yard Janikowski field goal. Pryor completed two of 5 passes for 20 yards and had runs of 8 and 4 yards.
“We knew we wanted to get him in early in the game, get him a series and then evaluate and see how it went after that,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “As we went back with Matt, we really had something going in the second half offensively, so we stuck with what we were doing.”
Pryor was not available for comment, gone before reporters arrived in the locker room.
McGloin said he had alternated at the position in college and acknowledged it's not the easiest thing to do.
“Anytime you have quarterbacks going in and out, especially in cold weather, it gets difficult sometimes, but it's not an excuse for the way we played (in the first half),” he said.
Three bus loads of fans from McGloin's hometown of Scranton, Pa., made the two-hour trip to attend the game, departing at 7:30 a.m. Paul McGloin Jr., Matt's oldest brother, said the conservative estimate was 300 people.
“Win or lose, they're always going to be there for you and they always have been,” Matt McGloin said. “It is disappointing, any time you lose a game, it's difficult.”
McGloin's worst moment came when he threw an interception to Ed Reed out of his own end zone under pressure. The Raiders defense held for one of the few times all day, forcing New York to settle for a 23-yard field goal on a possession that began at the Oakland 4-yard line.
“I think he got a little bit of pressure there and got spooked a little bit and didn't make a good throw and Ed Reed was in position to make the play,” Allen said.
Allen talked about the learning process for McGloin and praised his play in the second half, giving no indication he'll consider Pryor as a starter against Kansas City.
McGloin wasn't interested in talking about learning curves.
“I don't look at it like that at all,” McGloin said. “It's a loss. It's frustrating and disappointing. You can say that, but it's a bunch of excuses, I think. It's another loss ... we know we have to get better.”