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Bengals lead at halftime

Posted Sep 16, 2012

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals enjoyed a 17-10 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent converted his 39-yard attempt and extended the team’s lead over the Cleveland Browns to 17-10 with 4:45 remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals’ advantage stayed at seven points as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.

Nugent, who also converted two earlier extra points in the game, capped off a seven-play, 56-yard drive that took 3:20 off the game clock.

On the previous drive, Trent Richardson’s 32-yard touchdown run cut the Browns’ deficit against the Bengals to four points at 14-10 with 8:15 remaining in the first half.

Richardson took Brandon Weeden’s handoff on first-and-10 from the Cincinnati 32-yard line, ran behind right guard Shawn Lauvao and bounced the ball to the outside where he outraced the Bengal defenders to the end zone for a touchdown.

Richardson punctuated the score by jumping and rolling into the end zone. The former University of Alabama runner’s touchdown sparked a “Roll Tide, Roll” call from Browns radio broadcaster Jim Donovan.

On first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass over to second-year wide receiver A.J. Green on the right side of the field and Green worked his way out of Dimitri Patterson’s tackle and scored a touchdown.

Nugent’s extra point extended the Bengals’ lead to 14-3 over the Browns with 10:27 left in the second quarter.

Courtesy of their special teams return unit, the Bengals enjoyed a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter of Sunday’s AFC North Division game.

Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones fielded a punt from Cleveland’s Reggie Hodges at his own 19-yard line and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown. Nugent’s extra point gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Jones stepped out of the first tackle by Johnson Bademosi and ran past five other tacklers on his way to the end zone.

The Browns took the opening kickoff and got one first down on a 13-yard run on an end-around to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. However, they were unable to keep the momentum going and had to punt just three plays later.

Later in the first quarter, Browns kicker Phil Dawson connected on a 50-yard field goal attempt and cut Cincinnati’s lead to 7-3 with 9:01 left in the first quarter.

Dawson has now made all four of his field goal attempts this season and is three-for-three on kicks of 40 or more yards. He was seven-of-eight on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards in 2011.

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