HOUSTON - Following the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Texans on Sunday, Oct. 9, Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell looked down, paused for a moment and then started his post-game interview in Oakland's locker room with these words: "it was definitely tough."
And rightfully so after Raider nation lost its iconic owner, Al Davis, who passed away at age 82 in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Davis at Reliant Stadium and at other NFL stadiums throughout the country.
"You know, you can't hide the fact that losing your owner definitely takes a little toll on you emotionally," said Campbell, who racked up 190 yards and two touchdown passes. " It took us a minute to get ourselves in rhythm. The Texans are a really good football team. We tip our hat off to them. Those guys can play."
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who recorded 416 yards and two touchdowns, had a chance to win the game but instead of running to the end zone Schaub threw a pass intended for Jacoby Jones that Oakland's Michael Huff intercepted on the final play.
A fitting win for the Raiders who played with heavy hearts while remembering Davis' legendary motto: "Just win, baby."
"We knew that we had to come together for him because we couldn't just go out there and lay an egg," said Raiders cornerback, Stanford Routt, who played football at the University of Houston. "It [losing Al Davis] hit us hard. He'll definitely not be forgotten."
Texans linebacker Mario Williams and fullback James Casey left the game with pectoral muscle injuries. No word on the severity of either injury.