AP: Hill, who went 5-2 as the starter last season, wasn’t a whole lot better than Smith although he did avoid turnovers. Hill was 3-for-7 for 20 yards in the second quarter as the Niners relied heavily on rookie running back Glen Coffee.
Coffee, a third-round pick out of Alabama, gashed Oakland’s run defense, ripping off four runs of at least 10 yards, including a 35-yarder that led to a field goal by Joe Nedney. Coffee, who replaced Frank Gore after one series, finished with 129 yards on 16 carries. (read the entire AP report below)