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Old roommates to face off in Chargers-Raiders game

Old roommates to face off in Chargers-Raiders game

Down to their fourth tailback, the San Diego Chargers should have pylons and flashing signs surrounding their running game under repair.

It's only fitting, then, that rookie Branden Oliver should step into the fray, a guy who wore a hard hat in college. Really, he did.

Oliver's work ethic was legendary at the University of Buffalo, so much so that his coach gave him a royal blue construction hat that the diminutive running back wore proudly on every road trip. He was never sheepish about donning it on the team bus, in airports, hotels, wherever.

Last Sunday, the undrafted Oliver was a jackhammer, scoring two touchdowns in a 31-0 blanking of the New York Jets and doing it...