Baseball season is over, but Bo Jackson is hitting home runs in a new setting. In his first game with the Los Angeles Raiders this season, Jackson ran for two touchdowns Sunday in a 24-9 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Jay Schroeder added a touchdown pass as the AFC West-leading Raiders improved their record to 6-1.
San Diego, winless in its three home games, fell to 2-5. The Chargers were held without a touchdown for the first time this year.
Jackson, an outfielder with the Kansas City Royals, joined the Raiders this week.
He had 53 yards on 12 carries, powering into the end zone twice on sweeps, as he shared tailback duties with Marcus Allen, who contributed 45 yards on eight carries.
"Bo did basically what I'd thought he'd do," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "He came in, ran hard and scored a couple of touchdowns. That's Bo Jackson."
Jackson said he had no problem making the transition from baseball to football. He relished it, in fact.
"Let's leave the Royals in Kansas City," Jackson said. "This is football season. I can hit people now.
"You can't hit anybody without getting thrown out of the (baseball) game, so yes it's fun. I just went out and did what I could to help the team."
Jackson's second touchdown, a 7-yard run, gave the Raiders a 17-6 lead with 5:08 gone in the third period.
On the third play of an eight-play, 68-yard march, Schroeder completed a 47-yard pass to Willie Gault to advance the Raiders to the San Diego 23. The Raiders then used five consecutive running plays to score, with Jackson's touchdown run around left end the longest in that series.
"I thought Bo looked very good in his debut," Raiders defensive tackle Bob Golic said, though he added there was some concern when his helmet flew off a couple of times after taking hits early in the game.
"We told him to buckle his helmet," Golic said. "I think a couple of guys were nervous upstairs when Bo's helmet came off."
The Chargers closed to 17-9 on John Carney's third field goal, a 37-yarder with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.
But Schroeder finished off a 60-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gault, giving the Raiders a 24-9 lead with 9:30 left.
Schroeder completed 11 of 20 throws for 176 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
San Diego's Billy Joe Tolliver was 14-of-28 for 169 yards, and running back Marion Butts had a game-high 76 yards on 16 carries. But the Chargers were unable to get the ball into the end zone in four possessions that crossed the Raiders' 20-yard line.
"That hurt us big time. When you don't capitalize on those kinds of drives it's going to hurt you in the end," Chargers offensive lineman Broderick Thompson said.
Said Chargers coach Dan Henning: "When you play a good football team and you're going to have trouble inside the 20 you're going to have trouble all over the place."
After a shanked 8-yard punt by San Diego's John Kidd, the Raiders got possession at the Chargers' 35 and took six plays to drive into the end zone for the first half's lone touchdown.
Jackson carried five times for 28 yards on the drive, gaining the final five on a sweep for the touchdown midway through the second quarter.
The Raiders led 10-6 at halftime. They also got a 24-yard field goal from Jeff Jaeger with 52 seconds gone in the second period after a 10-play drive stalled at the San Diego 6.
Carney, once the Bucs' placekicker, kicked field goals of 27 and 37 yards to account for San Diego's first-half scoring.
Sunday's best by the numbers
PASSING Com Att Int Yds TD
John Elway, Broncos 21 30 0 317 2
Jack Trudeau, Colts 24 39 1 312 2
Jim Everett, Rams 24 38 0 302 3
Jim Kelly, Bills 19 32 1 297 4
Steve Walsh, Saints 22 39 1 292 1
Vinny Testaverde, Bucs 21 32 2 271 1
RUSHING Att Yds TD
Johnny Johnson, Cardinals 30 108 0
Cleveland Gary, Rams 19 102 2
Dexter Carter, 49ers 17 90 0
Ottis Anderson, Giants 11 88 1
Blake Ezor, Broncos 19 82 0
RECEIVING Rec Yds TD
Andre Rison, Falcons 5 161 2
Jesse Hester, Colts 8 152 1
Mark Jackson, Broncos 6 127 1
Andre Reed, Bills 8 116 2
Mark Carrier, Bucs 6 113 0
Henry Ellard, Rams 6 109 1
James Lofton, Bills 3 99 1
Al Toon, Jets 5 98 1