Browns postgame notes from Pittsburgh

Kicker Phil Dawson passed Hall of Famer Lou Groza (234) for first place on the Browns’ all-time career field goals made list with 235 following his 39-yard first quarter field goal.

· Quarterback Colt McCoy became the 16th quarterback to start to start for the Browns since 1999. He also became the 12th rookie quarterback in franchise history to start for Cleveland. McCoy finished 23 of 33 passing for 281 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His 281 passing yards were the second-most ever by a Browns rookie quarterback, trailing only Eric Zeier’s 310 at Cincinnati on October 29, 1995. It is also the most by a Browns quarterback in his starting debut since Kelly Holcomb’s 326 against Kansas City on September 8, 2002.

Browns Rookie Quarterback’s First NFL Start

Player                      Opp.      Date        Att.  Com.    Pct    Yards    TD    INT     Rating   Result
Milt Plum                 at Det.    12/8/57       2      12      .167     198       1       1       85.0       L, 7-20
Jim Ninowski            Det.        11/9/58       8       4       .500      60        0       1       35.4       L, 10-30
Mike Phipps              at Cin.    11/15/70    25      11      .440     170       0       1       50.4       L, 10-14
Don Gault                 Pit.         10/3/70      16       1       .063      44        0       2       0.0         W, 15-7
Brian Sipe                 at S.D.    11/3/74      23      16      .696     186       1       1       90.1       L, 35-36
Bernie Kosar             at Hou.   10/13/85    19       8       .421     208       1       1       118.8      W, 21-6
Eric Zeier                 at Cin.    10/29/95    46      26      .565     310       1       1       75.5       W, 29-26 OT
Tim Couch                at Ten.    9/19/99      24      12      .500     124       1       0       80.9       L, 9-26
Spergon Wynn          at Jac.     12/3/00      16       5       .313      17        0       0       40.6       L, 0-48
Luke McCown           N.E.       12/5/04      34      20      .588     277       2       2       80.1       L, 15-42
Charlie Frye              Jac.        12/4/05      20      13      .650     226       2       0       136.7      L, 14-20
Colt McCoy             at Pit.    10/17/10    33      23      .697     281       1       2       80.5       L, 10-28

Starting Quarterback’s Cleveland Browns Debut Since 1999

Player                      Opp.    Date          Att.  Com.   Pct    Yards    TD    INT     Rating   Result

Ty Detmer                Pit.       9/12/99       13       6       .462      52        0       1       25.2       L, 0-43

Tim Couch                at Ten.  9/19/99       24      12      .500     124       1       0       80.9       L, 9-26

Doug Pederson          at Pit.    10/22/00     20       9       .450      61        0       3       12.7       L, 0-22

Spergon Wynn          at Jac.   12/3/00       16       5       .313      17        0       0       40.6       L, 0-48

Kelly Holcomb          K.C.     9/8/02         39      27      .692     326       3       0       120.2      L, 39-40

Jeff Garcia                Bal.      9/12/04       24      15      .625     180       1       0       99.3       W, 20-3

Luke McCown           N.E.     12/5/04       34      20      .588     277       2       2       80.1       L, 15-42

Trent Dilfer               Cin.      9/11/05       34      26      .605     278       1       2       67.8       L, 13-27

Charlie Frye              Jac.       12/4/05       20      13      .650     226       2       0       136.7      L, 14-20

Derek Anderson         at Pit.    12/7/06       37      21      .568     276       1       1       78.2       L, 30-40

Brady Quinn             Den.     11/6/08       35      23      .657     239       2       0       104.3      L, 30-34

Ken Dorsey               at Ten. 12/7/08       43      22      .512     150       0       1       49.6       L, 9-28

Bruce Gradkowski     at Pit.    12/28/08     16       5       .313      18        0       2       1.0         L, 0-31

Jake Delhomme         at T.B.  9/12/10       37      20      .541     227       1       2       59.2       L, 14-17

Seneca Wallace          K.C.     9/19/10       31      16      .516     229       1       1       73.2       L, 14-16
Colt McCoy             at Pit.   10/17/10     33      23      .697     281       1       2       80.5       L, 10-28

· Tight end Benjamin Watson recorded six receptions for a season-high 88 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. He has hauled in at least three passes in every game this season. Watson has registered 22 career touchdown catches, including two this season.  On the season, he leads the team with 29 catches for 318 yards and a pair of scores.

· Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey registered four receptions for 46 yards. In his last three games, Stuckey has recorded 14 receptions for 156 yards.

· Rashard Mendenhall’s two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the first rushing touchdown the Browns have surrendered this season. It snapped a streak dating back to 2009, where the Browns defense had not allowed a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive quarters, spanning nine games.

· Rookie defensive back Joe Haden recorded his first career interception on a third and four play from the Cleveland 14 yard line and returned it 62 yards. The play helped set up a 39-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.

· Defensive back T.J. Ward led the team with 10 tackles, which tied a career-high. He has been the Browns’ top tackler in four of the six games this season and leads the team with 48 tackles Ward also added one special teams tackle on the afternoon and is tied for the team lead with six.

· Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin recorded a career-high eight tackles. His previous career-best was seven against Cincinnati on December 21, 2008.

· In his second career start and first this season, defensive lineman Brian Schaefering totaled a career-best seven tackles. His previous best was five tackles against Pittsburgh December 1, 2009.

· Punter Reggie Hodges tied a career-high with four punts inside the 20 yard line. He has now notched four inside the 20 in his career four times, including two this season. He booted five punts for 204 yards with a net average of 40.8. He has recorded a net average of 40.8 or better in the last four contests with a net average of 41.3 in that span.

· Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 134 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.

· Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 54 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

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