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Washington 35, Pittsburgh 34
Posted: Monday August 19, 2002 12:38 AM
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LANDOVER, Maryland (Ticker) -- Say what you want about new Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier but he continues to do his best to instill a winning attitude in his team.

Washington scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter - all on touchdown passes from Sage Rosenfels - and rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35-34.

The Redskins, who are 3-0 and have scored 110 points for their new coach, Sunday blitzed the Steelers with 35 points in the second half. Rosenfels was extremely effective, completing 17-of-25 passes for 244 yards and three scores.

Shane Matthews also was solid for Washington, going 14-of-21 for 137 yards with two TD passes and two interceptions.

Pittsburgh got a solid effort from backup quarterback Charlie Batch (8-of-9 for 118 yards and a score) but has to be concerned with the status of starting linebacker Kendra Bell, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half and did not return.

Steelers starting quarterback Kordell Stewart was 2-of-5 for 26 yards while featured running back Jerome Bettis carried six times for 18 yards.

Rookie Antwaan Randle-El, trying to make the conversion to wide receiver after spending his college career as a quarterback, caught a 17-yard touchdown pass and ran 32 yards for a score on a reverse less than 15 minutes apart in the opening half.