Final Score: Jacksonville 31, Houston 24
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 119 yards on 23
carries and tied a career high with three touchdowns, as the Jacksonville
Jaguars held off the Houston Texans, 31-24, in an offensive shootout at
Jones-Drew also caught four passes for 28 yards for the Jaguars (1-2), who
avoided going 0-3 for the third time in club history. David Garrard went 18-
of-30 for 214 yards and rushed for a TD. Mike Sims-Walker caught six passes
for 81 yards.
"We made some adjustments during the course of the game where we saw how they
were fitting our running game a little bit and the way they were fitting was
perfect for those type of plays so we were able to switch it up a little bit
and they mis-fit a couple of times and we were able to take advantage of those
times," Jones-Drew said.
Matt Schaub connected on 26-of-35 passes for 300 yards, three touchdowns and
an interception for the Texans (1-2), who were coming off a thrilling 34-31
win over the Titans in Week 2. Kevin Walter hauled in seven passes for 96
yards and a score while Owen Daniels and Jacoby Jones each had a TD catch.
Steve Slaton rushed for 76 yards on 12 carries in defeat.
"It was a bad start from the get-go and, to me, they dominated," Texans head
coach Gary Kubiak said. "They really took control of the game offensively in
the third and throughout half of the fourth quarter."
With the score tied at 24, Jacksonville put together a scoring drive which
bridged the third and fourth quarter.
The Jaguars were faced with a 4th-and-1 at the Houston 12 -- and instead of
going for a field goal -- head coach Jack Del Rio dialed up a Jones-Drew rush
that went for four yards and a fresh set of downs. On the next play, Jones-
Drew bulldozed his way up the middle for an eight-yard touchdown run to put
the Jags ahead 31-24 with 14:15 left in the game. Torry Holt's 27-yard
reception was key to the 10-play, 87-yard drive.
After a series of punts, the Texans took over on their own 11. After the first
two plays went just seven yards, Schaub was sacked by Clint Ingram on third
Jacksonville took over on its own 40 with about 5 1/2 minutes left. On 2nd-
and-10, Garrard hit Sims-Walker with a nine-yard pass, but Sims-Walker fumbled
the ball and Houston's Zac Diles recovered. The play was reviewed and upheld.
On the ensuing drive, Schaub's nine-yard pass to Daniels set up a 1st-and-goal
at the Jaguars two-yard-line. Schaub then hit Joel Dreessen in the end zone,
but Walter was called for offensive pass interference on the play. The penalty
on Walter became costly.
On 2nd-and-goal, Chris Brown rushed to the right side of the line and tried to
push his way into the end zone. As Brown went down, he fumbled the football
into the end zone and Jacksonville's Daryl Smith recovered for a touchback.
The play was reviewed to see if Brown's knee was down before he lost the ball,
but was upheld and gave the Jaguars the ball with two minutes to go.
Jacksonville ran out the clock to secure its first victory of 2009.
"It's a tough situation knowing that I went out there to do the best I
possibly can and I let all my teammates, coaches and the organization down,"
Brown said. "I knew it was going to be a close call, but it's all on me and
next time I won't give it a chance to be a fumble."
The Texans moved the ball into Jacksonville territory on the first drive of
the game, but Schaub's pass to Andre Johnson was intercepted by Rashean Mathis
inside the 10.
Jacksonville put together an eight-play, 59-yard drive that was topped off
with a 52-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. Garrard highlighted the drive with
a 30-yard run.
Houston put together a scoring drive late in the first period to take a 7-3
lead. Schaub hit Walter with a 24-yard pass on the first play, setting
up the Texans at the Jaguars 20. Two plays later, Schaub found Jones in
the middle of the end zone for an 18-yard score.
Jacksonville responded with a scoring drive of its own, which carried over
into the second quarter. Garrard's 18-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis highlighted
a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended in a two-yard TD run by Garrard with 11:18
left on the clock.
After a series of punts, the Texans used a nine-yard TD reception from Walter
to gain a 14-10 margin with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining. But on the fourth
play of the Jags' ensuing drive, Jones-Drew found an opening on the right side
of the line and scampered 61 yards untouched into the end zone for a 17-14
The back-and-forth battle continued, as Houston put together a 10-play, 66-
yard drive at the end of the half. The Texans decided to go for it on a 4th-
and-1 and the Jacksonville 16. Walter took an end-around handoff for 11 yards
and a first down. Three plays later, Schaub connected with Daniels on a
two-yard TD pass for a 21-17 lead at the half.
The offensive shootout carried over into the third stanza. The Jaguars' first
drive of the period lasted almost five minutes and covered 83 yards over 10
plays. Garrard's 28-yard pass to Sims-Walker highlighted the march, which
was capped off with a Jones-Drew one-yard TD run for a 24-21 lead.
Kris Brown's 27-yard field goal deadlocked the contest with about four minutes
remaining in the third.
Despite the loss, Houston is 12-6 at home since 2007...The Texans lead the
all-time series with the Jaguars, 8-7, including a conventional split of last
year's home-and-home series...The Jaguars won their first game in Houston
since 2005...Johnson caught four passes for 86 yards...Garrard rushed for 29
yards on five carries.
09/27 19:03:46 ET
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