New York QB throws TD, late in­ter­cep­tion in 9-6 de­feat to L.A.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Dennis Waszak Jr.

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> Alec Ogle­tree saw the foot­ball zip­ping his way and knew he needed to get his hands on it.

The Los Angeles line­backer in­ter­cepted Bryce Petty with just un­der two min­utes left, lift­ing the Rams to a 9-6 vic­tory over the New York Jets in a snoozer Sun­day.

Petty made his first NFL start in place of an in­jured Ryan Fitz­patrick, but couldn’t get much go­ing against the Rams de­fense.

After get­ting the ball with 2:55 re­main­ing and down by three, Petty tried to lead the Jets (3-7) down the field.

But on sec­ond-and-7 from the 42, Petty’s pass to Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Ogle­tree, who took it out of the re­ceiver’s hands and Enunwa then tried to wres­tle it away from the line­backer to no avail.

“I had that area of zone and I was play­ing the re­ceiver,” Ogle­tree said. “I saw him throw the ball. We kind of tied up and I was able to rip it out from him and make the play.”

Greg Zuer­lein kicked three field goals, in­clud­ing a go-ahead 34-yarder with 6:52 left, help­ing the Rams (4-5) snap a four-game los­ing streak and avoid their first five-game skid since Weeks 9-13 last sea­son.

“We had to fight and scrap all the way to the end,” Ogle­tree said.

“That’s what it takes to win and I was right there to make the play. We re­ally couldn’t get on the plane with­out win­ning here.”

The game fea­tured 15 punts — eight by the Jets and seven by the Rams — as nei­ther of­fense were the mod­els of ef­fi­ciency or ex­cite­ment. New York fin­ished with 296 yards of to­tal of­fense, while the Rams had 280.

Petty, a fourth-round draft pick out of Bay­lor last year, went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with a touch­down and the loss-seal­ing in­ter­cep­tion.

“I’m not go­ing to let this de­fine my ca­reer,” Petty said. “I’m not go­ing to let this de­fine me.”

Fitz­patrick was listed as ques­tion­able with a sprained left knee , suf­fered last week­end at Mi­ami. Coach Todd Bowles said through­out the week

that Fitz­patrick would re­main the starter for Sun­day’s game — as long as he was healthy enough to play.

After the game, Bowles said Fitz­patrick wasn’t “com­pletely healthy.” The two split first-team snaps dur­ing prac­tice all week.

Fitz­patrick was ac­tive for the game and served as Petty’s backup, while rookie Chris­tian Hack­en­berg was in­ac­tive. Bowles would not com­mit to who his starter would be in the Jets’ next game against New Eng­land in two weeks.

While Rams fans have been clam­or­ing for No. 1 over­all pick Jared Goff to play, Case Keenum went a ho-hum 17 of 30 for 165 yards, but had no turnovers after throw­ing eight in­ter­cep­tions in his pre­vi­ous four games.

“No, I’m not go­ing into the quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “As I said, I don’t be­lieve it’s the quar­ter­back play. Col­lec­tively, we’re just mak­ing

mis­takes here and there.”

Petty drove the Jets 99 yards on the team’s sec­ond pos­ses­sion, fin­ish­ing with his first NFL TD pass with a lit­tle raz­zle-dazzle on a toss to Bran­don Mar­shall, who flipped it to Bi­lal Pow­ell for a 4-yard score.

Nick Folk was wide left on the ex­tra point, his sec­ond miss of the sea­son, leav­ing New York with a 6-3 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Zuer­lein tied it at 6 with 20 se­conds left in the third quar­ter with a 38-yard field goal.

“I thought Case did a nice job,” Fisher said. “We didn’t get the ball in the end zone, but he scram­bled and picked up some key first downs and kept drives alive. That’s what you have to do against a de­fense like this.”

So close

Petty mis­fired on a long pass on third-and-14 from the Rams 32 that could’ve been an easy touch­down in the clos­ing minute of the

first half, slightly over­throw­ing An­der­son, who was wide open but had to reach high as the ball tipped off his hand.

Gur­ley still grounded

Todd Gur­ley, last sea­son’s Of­fen­sive Rookie of Year, still has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this sea­son after rush­ing for 125 or more five times last sea­son. He fin­ished with 64 yards on 21 car­ries. Gur­ley’s long­est run of the sea­son, 21 yards in the fourth quar­ter, was wiped out by Greg Robin­son’s hold­ing penalty.

Field flip­per

With the Rams pinned at their 17 on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quar­ter, Johnny Hekker blasted a 78-yard punt that had re­turner Jalin Mar­shall field­ing as if he were catch­ing a pass. After a 10-yard re­turn by Mar­shall, the Jets had the ball at their 15 — and went three-and-out. It was the fourth-long­est punt in fran­chise his­tory.


Jets quar­ter­back Bryce Petty throws dur­ing New York’s 9-6 loss to Rams on Sun­day.

Rams run­ning back Todd Gur­ley fends off Jets de­fender Mar­cus Gilchrist dur­ing Los Angeles’ vic­tory at MetLife Sta­dium.

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