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Nice Trojan
12-12-2004, 04:13 PM
Not to be outdone by Junior Louissaint, Osi Umenyiora returned a fumble for a touchdown today for the Giants. They are getting killed though. He has scored the only points for the Giants. Its good to see our guys in the NFL doing well.

Sarahbelle
12-13-2004, 09:00 AM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sposi134082750dec13,0,1866121.story?coll=ny-football-headlines


Osi realizes dream in yet another nightmare
BY ANTHONY RIEBER
STAFF CORRESPONDENT

December 13, 2004

BALTIMORE - There's probably no better feeling for a defensive player than running alone down the sideline with the ball in your hands and the end zone in sight.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora had that feeling yesterday. He scooped up Kyle Boller's fumble at the 50-yard line and used his considerable speed to score the first touchdown of his pro career.

But the Giants were so bad yesterday that Umenyiora's moment barely qualifies as a silver lining. Tin, maybe, or aluminum foil. It was a positive, but it was overshadowed by so many negatives in the 37-14 loss to the Ravens that it was hard for even Umenyiora to enjoy it after the game. "It all goes for nothing if you can't win the game," he said. "If we would have won the game, I would have been talking about that until next year."

Umenyiora scored with 2:43 left in the first half. With Baltimore leading 17-0 and facing a fourth-and-5 at the Giants' 34, Ravens coach Brian Billick passed up a punt or long field goal and went for the first down. It was his only bad call.

Boller was sacked by rookie Reggie Torbor and fumbled at the Giants' 45. The ball hopped into Umenyiora's hands and the second-year player rambled down the left sideline to score untouched.

"Nobody was going to catch me, man," he said.

Umenyiora held the ball high as he crossed the goal line and the Giants celebrated as if they were back in the game. But as with Derrick Ward's kickoff-return touchdown in last week's 31-7 loss to Washington, the Giants derived no discernible momentum bump as their opponent again scored on its next possession.

Washington followed Ward's score with a 14-play, 72-yard touchdown drive. Baltimore went 73 yards on nine plays to make it 24-7 on Boller's third touchdown pass of the first half, an 8-yarder to Clarence Moore. The key play was an 18-yard run by Chester Taylor on third-and-9 from the Baltimore 28.

"When things are going like this, you're always looking for a spark," Torbor said. "At the time it happened, it was very enjoyable. But now, you look back at it and it's like a needle in a haystack. Doesn't count, doesn't mean anything."

Well, it does mean something. Umenyiora and Torbor are building blocks for the future of the Giants' defensive line, which has been ravaged by injuries. Umenyiora had four tackles and a half-sack.

The Ravens ran for 169 yards, but the Giants' defense never had a chance. The offense turned the ball over six times - two interceptions, four fumbles - and held the ball for 20:19 to 39:41 for Baltimore. "Obviously, we put our defense in some pretty bad positions," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We gave them very little help."