Week 6: Jags 33, Titans 7

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    Week 6: Jags 33, Titans 7

    Jaguars Rock in the Rain, Topple Titans 33-7​



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    By Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer

    September 20, 2010




    JACKSONVILLE, FL- Another rain drenched Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville. Another stellar defensive performance. Another Jacksonville Jaguars victory.

    This time they cruised past division rivals Tennessee (2-4) in a 33-7 win that seems to cement their team among the AFC elite.

    Once again the Jaguars (6-0) came out throwing the football, trying to loosen up the Titans defense which they feared would constantly stack eight or nine in the box.

    "We really wanted to try to establish our passing game against the 4-4 front we knew they were going to show us," said Coach Dunlap. "I really wasn't upset at the way (quarterback) David Garrad played today. Take away that first interception and he managed the game very well."

    That first interception, however, seemed to briefly take the wind out of the Jaguars. They were trying to cap off a nine play 77 yard drive with a touchdown. However on third and goal from the three Garrard tried to squeeze a pass into triple coverage and was intercepted.

    Again it was the Jacksonville defense that would try to set the tone. They would force Tennessee to go three and out.

    The offense couldn't capitalize however, as halfback Rashad Jennings would fumble the ball away to give Tennessee the ball back near midfield.

    Cue the defense one more time, and Coach Ox would gamble by going for a 4th and 1 inside his own territory. Yet again, the defense would suffocate Johnsons pitch play and give the offense the ball back.

    Finally that stagnat Jaguars unit would capitalize with Maurice Jones-Drew getting four carries, the final one a 13 yard run for a touchdown to put his team up 7-0 after the extra point.

    More defense, this time a Scott Starks interception would lead to another Jones-Drew touchdown run and the Jaguars were up 14-0.

    They would add a late Josh Scobee field goal to go into halftime leading 17-0.

    The football game already had a very familiar feel to it. An offense that was stangnat, yet productive enough to keep their opponents off balance. A defense that was suffocating every part of the Titans explosive offense. Looking up at the scoreboard the lead seemed larger that it should be, but it was the result of defense leading to offense the way it has all year long for Jacksonville.

    The second half was much of the same with the defense putting points on the board early, as Shawne Merriman would sack Titans quarterback Vince Young and jar the ball loose. Merriman would get to his feet, scoop up the loose ball and run to the end zone to put Jacksonville up 23-0.

    Maruice Jones-Drew would add another touchdown run in the third quarter, his third and final one of the ball game.

    With the game in hand fourt quarter would see backups get playing time at most positions for both teams. Tennessee would add a late touchdown pass, and Scobee would tack on another field goal for the Jaguars to make the final score 33-7.

    The Tennessee-Jacksonville rivalry is one of the fiercest in the OMFL, and Coach Dunlap said it was a game that he had circled on his calendar.

    "I don't do this for many games, but it certainly would be a benchmark for us against Coach Ox's team like it always is," he said. "It's always nice to win in your division and I'm glad our guys came to play like the did today. Don't count the Titans out, we all know what they are capable of."

    In that, he was referring to Tennessee's penchant for strong second half surges that have gotten them into the playoffs the past two seasons in the OMFL.

    For Jacksonville however, the game will be just another headline in a remarkable first half of the year.

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    TEAM STATS

    Jacksonville
    Total Offense: 288
    Passing: 121
    Rushing: 167
    3rd Down: 5-10 (50%)
    Turnovers: 2
    Time of Posession: 20:12

    Tennessee
    Total Offesne: 150
    Passing: 94
    Rushing: 56
    3rd Down: 2-11
    Turnovers: 2
    Time of Possession: 11:48


    PLAYER STATS

    Jacksonville
    D. Garrard: 9/13, 121 yds, 2 INT
    M. Jones-Drew: 22 car, 90 yds, 3 TD. . .1 rec, 7 yds
    R. Jennings: 8 car, 49 yds. . .1 rec, 13 yds
    M. Sims-Walker: 4 rec, 38 yds
    S. Merriman: 3 tack, 2 sack, 1 FR, 1 TD

    Tennessee
    V. Young: 9/19, 114 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
    C. Johnson: 12 car, 59 yds. . .3 rec, 49 yds
    J. Gage: 2 rec, 5 yds, 1 TD
    C. Hope: 8 tack, 1 TFL
     

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