The Steelers crushed the Oakland Raiders today in a rough-and-tumble throwback game that looked more like their heated rivalry from the 1970s.
The Steelers rang up a 35-3 victory that was not as close as the score indicated, and they set a new team record with 163 yards in penalties in a game marked by a handful of fights and one player ejected.
The Raiders' defensive tackle Richard Seymour was tossed from the game for shoving Ben Roethlisberger to the ground long after the play was over, a touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders late in the half.
Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes and ran for one to lead the Steelers to a 7-3 record.
After Oakland took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, the Steelers responded with three touchdowns in the first half and two more in the fourth quarter.
Rashard Mendenhall ran for a five-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Roethlisberger scrambled for a 16-yard TD in the second quarter.
The Steelers' third scoring opportunity came after Ike Taylor forced a fumble on a reception by Louis Murphy. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons recovered at the Oakland 35.
Sanders made a diving catch of Roethlisberger's pass for a 22-yard touchdown, bouncing at the one and into the end zone for his second TD in the past two games.
After leading 21-3 at halftime, the Steelers scored early in the fourth quarter on Mike Wallace's 52-yard pass reception from Roethlisberger.
The Raiders scored first -- and never again -- when Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.
Their fourth TD, Wallace's, came after Troy Polamalu intercepted his third pass of the season.
Roethlisberger threw a 16-yard TD pass to Isaac Redman with 1:12 left.
Another Steelers' touchdown was nullified; Taylor intercepted a pass and returned it for a score, but linebacker James Harrison was penalized on the play for roughing the quarterback.
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