Published 1:13 AM EDT Sep 21, 2018
CLEVELAND — Isaiah Crowell certainly derived pleasure from dumping on his former team. For a little while anyway.
The New York Jets running back, who played the previous four seasons for the Cleveland Browns before switching sides during free agency earlier this year, scored two second-quarter touchdowns Thursday night, staking his new team to a 14-0 lead. The Browns would go on to win 21-17.
After the second score, a 2-yard run, Crowell earned a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after pretending to use the football as a roll of Charmin on his backside. He then proceeded to fire it into the crowd at FirstEnergy Stadium, where the home fans ultimately witnessed their first victory in 635 days.
"I didn't think about the touchdown celebration before the game," said Crowell, adding he wasn't trying to send a message to the Browns or their fans.
"It was just spur of the moment, but I need to control myself."
After a miserable first quarter — the Jets and Browns combined for just four downs and Cleveland had minus-5 yards passing — New York got its ground game going in the second frame. Crowell and Bilal Powell had combined for 73 rushing yards by the time the Jets took their two-score lead midway through the second period.
However the offense bogged down after halftime, producing just three more points as New York was overcome by the Baker Mayfield-led Browns.
"I really don't know what changed," said Crowell, who finished with 34 rushing yards.
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