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Browns lead Lions, 17-3, at the half

Posted Aug 15, 2013

The Cleveland Browns enjoyed a 17-3 halftime lead over the Detroit Lions in Thursday’s Great Lakes Classic at FirstEnergy Stadium.

CLEVELAND -- On the strength of three scoring drives engineered by quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Cleveland Browns took a 17-3 lead over the Detroit Lions into halftime of Thursday’s Great Lakes Classic from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Detroit kicker David Akers booted a 48-yard field goal, and cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 17-3 with 4:37 left in the first half. The 14-play, 47-yard drive took 7:50 off the clock.

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron’s second touchdown reception of the game put the team in front of the Lions, 17-0, with 12:35 remaining in the first half.

Cameron capped off the eight-play, 91-yard drive with a five-yard reception from Weeden on second-and-goal. Earlier in the drive, Cameron hauled in a 27-yard pass from Weeden that moved the Browns from their own 31-yard line to Detroit’s 42.

The drive was backed up because of a holding penalty on defensive back Joe Haden that negated an 84-yard punt return touchdown from wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

The Browns took a 10-0 lead over the into the second quarter of Thursday’s Great Lakes Classic.

Cameron hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Weeden, and extended the team’s lead over the Lions to 10-0 with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.

On second-and-goal from Detroit’s 10-yard line, Weeden dropped back and found Cameron open on the seam route. The former basketball player caught the ball in traffic and landed in bounds before rolling out of the back of the end zone.

Two plays prior, Weeden had another big throw, as he found second-year wide receiver Josh Gordon for a 34-yard reception. Gordon ran a go-pattern down the left sideline and, despite being interfered with by cornerback Ron Bartell, caught the ball against his body with his right hand after the pass ricocheted off his left.

Rookie kicker Brandon Bogotay kicked a 43-yard field goal and put the Browns in front of the Lions, 3-0, with 6:31 left in the first quarter of the Great Lakes Classic. Bogotay finished off a 10-play, 47-yard drive that took 4:32 off the first-quarter clock.

The 43-yarder was Bogotay’s longest of the preseason, as he converted a 25-yard attempt in last week’s 27-19 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Following the 43-yard field goal, Bogotay kicked off, and split the uprights with the kick.

Weeden finished the first half eight of 12 for 117 yards with two touchdowns, and on three of those passes, Josh Gordon was the receiver. He finished the half with 72 yards on three receptions.

In his NFL preseason debut, Browns running back Trent Richardson carried six times for 33 yards.

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