EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. After Clinton Portis ran all over the New York Jets, Shaun Suisham kicked the Washington Redskins to victory.
Suisham tied a franchise record with his fifth field goal, a 46-yarder with 7:43 left in overtime, to give the Redskins a 23-20 win Sunday.
Portis rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries as Washington (5-3) beat New York for the eighth time in nine meetings. The Redskins, who won their second overtime game of the season after beating Miami in the season opener, had to erase a 14-point deficit in this one to win.
The Jets (1-8) tied it at 20 with 10 seconds left in regulation on Mike Nugent's 30-yard field goal, but New York couldn't do much after getting a 39-yard reception by Jerricho Cotchery to open the extra period.
Washington stuck to the ground on its first possession as Portis gained 37 of his yards on the drive to get the Redskins into field-goal position. Suisham, who also had kicks of 46, 40, 22 and 40 yards, nailed the winning kick as the ball made it just over the crossbar with a few yards to spare and the Redskins celebrated a hard-fought victory.
The loss, the Jets' sixth straight, spoiled a valiant effort by new starting quarterback Kellen Clemens. The second-year player, who was anointed earlier in the week as New York's starter in place of Chad Pennington, was 23-for-42 for 226 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 48 yards on seven carries.
Clemens led the Jets on the tying drive using his arm and his legs. On third-and-10 early in the drive, Clemens scrambled and found Justin McCareins for a 20-yard completion. On third-and-5 from the 26, Clemens ran for 6 yards. Four plays later, Nugent tied it.
Washington, which lost 52-7 at New England last week, fell behind 17-3 in the second quarter, but Suisham kept the Redskins in it.
After Eric Barton intercepted Jason Campbell as the Redskins were driving for a go-ahead score in the third quarter, the Jets followed with a turnover of their own on a disputed call. Cotchery caught a pass from Clemens and was immediately hit by Pierson Prioleau and Shawn Springs, who forced a fumble. LaRon Landry recovered the ball for the Redskins, but Jets coach Eric Mangini challenged the call. The officials upheld the call, saying Cotchery had possession before the ball was knocked away.
Washington then marched down the field on six plays, including a 32-yard run by Portis, to take its first lead. After three straight runs by Ladell Betts got the ball to the 1, Portis went over the top for a touchdown with 11:06 left. Campbell completed a pass to Antwaan Randle El for a 2-point conversion to make it 20-17.
Campbell finished 12-for-23 for 142 yards and an interception.
Leon Washington took the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, his third this season, to give the Jets a 7-0 lead before most of the fans had even settled into their seats. Washington, the NFL leader in kickoff return average, ran straight ahead, darted to his left and took off down the sideline. Leigh Torrance missed a desperate diving attempt before Washington easily outran Suisham and scored 13 seconds in.
Washington became the first Jets player to return at least three kickoffs for scores. He's also the 11th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat, and first since Buffalo's Terrence McGee in 2004.
Joe Kowalewski caught a 1-yard pass for his first NFL touchdown, giving the Jets a 17-3 lead with 9:21 left in the first half.
Suisham kicked a 40-yarder with 5:28 remaining in the half to make it 17-6. The Redskins pulled off a surprise onside kick after the score and Rock Cartwright grabbed it for Washington at its 33. Suisham kicked a 22-yarder to make it 17-9 with 55 seconds left.
Nugent was short on a 54-yard attempt as time expired in the first half.
Suisham's 40-yarder cut the Jets' lead to 17-12 4:11 into the second half.