Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/13
Raiders fans went to the Coliseum or tuned in (tape-delayed of course) Friday night to get a look at new starting quarterback Matt Flynn root for their favorite in backup Terrelle Pryor and try to put names to faces on the defensive side of the ball. They walked away though talking about the dynamic Matt McGloin-to-Brice Butler connection. The undrafted quarterback from Penn State hit the seventh-round pick from San Diego State twice in one third-quarter drive once for 40 yards and then for 30 on a pretty diving touchdown catch. "I am 23 years old and I have been waiting on that moment my whole life" Butler said. The Raiders went on to win 19-17 over the Cowboys in their preseason opener which means a tiny notch above nothing especially considering that running back Darren McFadden and safety Charles Woodson barely broke a sweat and that top draft picks D.J. Hayden and Menelik Watson and two thirds of their starting defensive line didn't play. Flynn and Pryor each led the Raiders to field goals and while Pryor moved the team a little better he also threw an ill-advised interception across his body when rolling right. "I got greedy" Pryor said. Flynn and Pryor each played a quarter and then it was time for McGloin and Butler. McGloin showed a strong arm on both throws and just when one thought he led Butler too far on the pass into the end zone the 6-foot-3 213-pound Butler dived extended his arms and hauled it in. "I knew Matt was going to throw it to me because he always does at training camp" Butler said. "I was going ... and my legs weren't quite giving me what I needed them to give me so I dove." McGloin has pulled ahead of fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson in a battle for the team's No. 3 spot. That's not a surprise anymore and McGloin was 4-for-7 for 78 yards the TD and a quarterback rating of 135.7.
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