Ravens notebook: Ravens rookie runs for first NFL touchdown

CLEVELAND - Bernard Pierce likes playing against the Cleveland Browns.

In his rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens, Pierce has been used to complement Ray Rice. Late in the first quarter, Pierce ran four times for 25 yards and his first NFL touchdown.

It was an eventful few minutes for the third round draft choice. Pierce kicked the Browns T.J. Ward after running for a first down to the Cleveland 6.

Baltimore was penalized 15 yards, but all it did was extend the Ravens drive. After a first-and-10 on the 21, Pierce scored his initial touchdown from 12 yards.

"It was a play fake, kick the ball, and I was just running," Pierce said.

He enjoyed having Anquan Boldin block for him.

"He is definitely a great downfield blocker. He puts his body on the line every time if we're running to his side," Pierce said.

Pierce has had his most extensive action of the season in the two games against the Browns. In the previous game against Cleveland on Sept. 27, Pierce ran six times for 48 yards.

CRIBBS HELD IN CHECK: For years, Josh Cribbs has tormented the Ravens. The returner is sixth on the all-time return list.

On Sunday, Cribbs had three kickoff returns for 74 yards and five punt returns for 54 yards, well below his normal totals.

"The coverage on Cribbs was outstanding the whole game," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said.

"For us to keep them back on the 50, and not let them break a return [was big]."

HARBAUGH PENALIZED: Referee Jeff Triplette whistled Harbaugh for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing a bit too strenuously in the third quarter.

Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a crackback block on the play, but Harbaugh didn't see the penalty flag and ran out on the field to protest, drawing the flag.

"That was on me," Harbaugh said. "I wanted the crackback call. I didn't see the flag. I was drawing it to his attention, with a little too much enthusiasm, obviously, and they got me, rightly so."

BEATING THE BROWNS: Under Harbaugh, the Ravens are now 10-0 against Cleveland.

"You don't really think about it," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "When we were playing the first game, we weren't looking 10 games in the future."

Harbaugh, always liberal with his praise of the opponent, fawned over the 2-7 Cleveland Browns.

"That is a really good football team. That is a very well-coached football team," Harbaugh said. "They're young and they're building something here, so whoever is here from the Cleveland media, write that."

SUGGS QUIET: In his second game back after missing the first six with a torn Achilles tendon, Terrell Suggs had four tackles and displayed no histrionics.

He dressed and left the locker room quickly, wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey.

TWO-POINT CONVERSION: Boldin caught a pass from Flacco for a two-point conversion to give Baltimore a 22-15 lead. It was the Ravens' first successful two-pointer since Sam Koch scored one on Sept. 11, 2011 against Pittsburgh.

SITTING OUT: Parnell McPhee (thigh) was the only injured deactivated Ravens player. Harbaugh reported no major injuries after the game.

The healthy scratches were Asa Jackson, Bobby Rainey, Ramon Harewood, Deonte Thompson, Billy Bajema and Bryan Hall.

Offensive tackle Jah Reid was active for the first time this season. Jackson has yet to play in 2012.

Haloti Ngata, who was questionable with knee and shoulder injuries, started, but did not record a tackle.

WILDCAT: Tyrod Taylor ran once in the wildcat for four yards late in the fourth quarter. It was just his second rush of the season. Taylor has played briefly in four games.