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Good start for Pryor in Raiders' loss to Chargers

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SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Terrelle Pryor #6 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers on December 30, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 10:16 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — Terrelle Pryor found out what it's like to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Pryor made his first career start, in place of injured Carson Palmer, in Oakland's 24-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. He threw his first two career touchdown passes and scored on a 3-yard run.

The Jeannette native and former Ohio State quarterback also made some mistakes.

With Sebastian Janikowski warming up on the sideline for a possible field goal attempt in the final seconds of the first half, Pryor scrambled, didn't get out of bounds and the clock ran out.

Early in the third quarter, Pryor got too much air under a pass and was picked off in the end zone by Quentin Jammer.

“There were some throws that I missed today that I didn't miss in practice,” said Pryor, who completed 13 of 28 passes for 150 yards, with one interception.

“Some of the throwing lanes you have to throw with a stiff wrist to get the ball out there, and I missed one for (Darrius Heyward-Bey). He had a chance, but it was a bad throw and I missed one when I threw the pick with the same exact problem.

“That's one thing I know I can critique myself and work on and have some bigger guys stand there and work on that in the offseason. There were two throws that could have been touchdowns. And I'm upset about that.”

San Diego's Micheal Spurlock returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes and Oakland running back Mike Goodson were ejected following a skirmish in the second quarter.

San Diego coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are expected to be fired Monday because the Chargers (7-9) missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Raiders finished 4-12.

If Turner does get fired, he'll finish 56-40 in six seasons with San Diego, but just 24-24 the past three seasons.

Turner's overall regular-season record as an NFL head coach is 114-122-1.

Pryor threw his first career touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to Heyward-Bey early in the second quarter, and scored on a 3-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to pull the Raiders to 24-14. He threw a 5-yard TD pass to Denarius Moore late in the game.

“I thought he did some good things,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Obviously there is still some work to be done there. He obviously provided a little spark and so I think that is something to build on.”

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