Cox then got his TD, and the Rams led 22-10. Beuerlein replied with a 49-yard scoring pass to his old Notre Dame teammate Tim Brown with 1:34 to play. A desperation heave by Beuerlein in the waning seconds was caught by wideout James Lofton, but he was forced out of bounds on the Rams' 30.
Beuerlein, who completed 19 of 38 passes for 375 yards with one interception, can hear the drums in the distance. This is a kid who, as an eight-year-old in L.A., reached the semifinals of the punt, pass and kick competition wearing a Ram uniform. Suddenly he's trying to make it with the previously unstomachable Raiders. " Mr. Davis says he's getting more and more confidence in me all the time," said Beuerlein after the game. Unfortunately, across the room, Shanahan was saying Schroeder would probably start this week against the New York Giants.
Down the hall the 3-0 Rams were savoring a win in a turf war. "I think some Raider fans are having some mixed feelings," said Ram tackle Jackie Slater. "I think we got them questioning their loyalties. They know we're still playing football down there in Anaheim, that we didn't suddenly disappear off the face of the earth. Maybe they'll start making the drive to Anaheim to see us play."
But do they have to have brunch?