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Browns lead Bengals, 7-3, at the half

Posted Sep 29, 2013

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns held a 7-3 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals at halftime of Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns held a 7-3 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals at halftime of Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent converted a 25-yard field-goal attempt, and cut the Browns’ lead to 7-3 with 10:48 to play in the first half.

Nugent finished off a 15-play, 46-yard scoring drive that took 6:25 off the game clock. He is now three of four on field-goal tries this season.

The Bengals converted two third-down attempts, the first of which came on a defensive penalty when end Desmond Bryant was flagged for illegal use of the hands. Although it was a five-yard penalty on third-and-13, the infraction gave the Bengals an automatic first down.

Later in the drive, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu hauled in a seven-yard reception on third-and-five.

Courtesy of quarterback Brian Hoyer’s two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron with 2:13 on the first-quarter clock, the Browns held a 7-0 lead over the Bengals after the first 15 minutes of play.

The Browns’ 12-play drive started on their own five-yard line, but Hoyer engineered his fourth touchdown drive in the last five quarters.

Cameron now leads the team with five touchdown receptions this season.

Earlier in the drive, the Browns faced two third downs and converted both of them. Running back Chris Ogbonnaya converted a third-and-one from the 14-yard line with an 11-yard run behind left tackle Joe Thomas, and wide receiver Davone Bess turned a third-and-six from the Bengals’ 18-yard line into a first-and-goal from the one with a 17-yard reception.

Hoyer also completed a 39-yard pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin that took the Browns from their 39-yard line to the Bengals’ 22.

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