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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Jack Del Rio seemed almost shocked as he walked into the news conference Tuesday and made his way past a growing group of TV cameras and reporters.I thought it would be thin today, Del Rio said, about nine hours after the Raiders arrived back in California following a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans in Mexico City.Del Rio should probably get used to the extra attention at this point -- even if some of the chatter is about potential stadium deals for the team.At 8-2, the Raiders have a one-game lead in the AFC West and are tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the conference -- a remarkable turnaround for a team that lost its first 10 games two years ago and hasnt had a winning season since last making the playoffs in 2002.That was also the previous time Oakland had a four-game winning streak, which the Raiders matched by beating the Texans.Not that there is much time for celebrating.After arriving in California early Tuesday morning following a red-eye flight from Mexico City then spending an hour passing through customs, Del Rio and his staff turned their attention to this weeks game against Carolina.The short week also includes the Thanksgiving holiday, another hurdle for Del Rio and his staff.There are definitely challenges to recovering on the short week and traveling and playing at (a high) altitude and all those things, Del Rio said.We spent a lot of time in the offseason going through how were going to work the team and forecasting things that are coming, so its not like were just trying to decide today what were going to do. Weve got a plan in place ... and the guys have embraced it.Its hugely important for us to bounce back from what we just did and get prepared for whats next.Derek Carr threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter against Houston to lead the comeback, a growing trend for a quarterback that is getting some attention as a potential MVP candidate.In his two-plus seasons in the NFL, Carr has led the Raiders to nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime- including four times this season.It really comes down to the execution in those situations, Del Rio said. Hes done a great job of staying even-keel throughout the evening. Hes really been tremendously poised and composed and hes gone out and delivered for us.Not everything went well in Mexico City.Two weeks after piling up 218 rushing yards against Denver, the Raiders were limited to just 30 by the Texans.There were also a handful of dropped passes by wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts, and a defense that had considerable difficulty covering Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.All of that was a lot easier for Del Rio to take after Carrs game-winning touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 4:53 remaining.The Raiders then sealed the win a few moments later when running back Latavius Murray gained 6 yards on a fourth-and-1 play after Del Rio initially debated punting.You know youre putting yourself out there a little bit, but youre believing in your guys, and they delivered, Del Rio said. When you know youre putting yourself out there, and then they deliver, its satisfying.Game notes Del Rio was questioned about an announcement earlier in the day from Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf that a framework had been agreed to on a potential stadium deal to keep the team in Oakland. That doesnt have anything to do with us and the team right now, Del Rio said. ... Del Rio also said he spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Mondays game, but that the subject of suspended linebacker Aldon Smith did not come up. Smith has applied for reinstatement, but has yet to hear back from the league. ... Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. has not yet been cleared to practice.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Dale Murphy Jersey . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. Babe Ruth Jersey . 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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Joe Logan ran for?147 yards, including touchdown runs of 65 and?4 yards,?to lead Northern Arizona to a 20-14 win over Montana State Saturday night.The Lumberjacks (1-2 Big Sky, 2-4 overall), who were picked to win the Big Sky,?built a 20-0 lead in the third quarter in earning their first league win of the season as they cling to FCS playoff hopes.Luke Nguyen preserved the win when he forced a fumble and Xavier Stephens recovered?after MSU drove to the Lumberjack 35 with 24 seconds to play.MSU (0-3, 2-4) struggled offensively for nearly three quarters.?Starting quarterback Tyler Bruggman was replaced early in the game, but backup Chris Murray wasnt much more effective. Bruggman returned later in the half only to see Murray start the second half and lead the Bobcats on two scoring drives.Blake Kemp, filling in for injured starter Case Cookus, was 25-for-40 passing for?195 yards. MSUs Chad Newell scored MSUs?first touchdown on a 9-yard scamper in the third quarter, while Murray ran in the second from 20 yards out.dddddddddddd?The game was scoreless?until 11:14 to go in the second quarter when NAU kicker Griffin Roehler connected on a 37-yard field goal.? Roehler would hit from 31 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 13-0.TAKEAWAYNAU gets a key win as it awaits the return of pre-season All-Big Sky quarterback?Cookus. Cookus was injured in a 45-30 loss at home to league-leading Eastern Washington.MSU continues to try to re-build from a 5-6 season. The Bobcats played 12 freshmen against NAU.??NEXT UP:NAU hosts Idaho State. The Bengals was idle this week and will go into the game with a 1-1 league record.MSU travels to Weber State. The Wildcats were 2-2 going into Saturday nights game against Portland State. 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