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Turnovers Cost Titans Against Winless Jaguars
By Ashley Braun, Sports Correspondent
The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway
NASHVILLE, TN, Nov. 10, 2013 - Despite a big win last Sunday against the Saint Louis Rams and former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, the Titans were unable to keep the momentum flowing.
On the opening play, running back Chris Johnson fumbled the ball and Jacksonville was able to recover it at the 19-yard line. Three snaps later, Maurice Jones-Drew put the Jaguars on the board and three possessions later, Josh Scobee kicked a 32-yard field goal giving Jacksonville a 10-0 lead.
The Titans went three and out for three possessions but were finally able to get a first down just as the second quarter started. However, after a 3-yard loss on 1st and 10, Locker threw a deep pass intended for Nate Washington that was intercepted by Jacksonville’s Dwayne Gratz. Scobee then added a 44-yard field goal to the Jaguars’ lead.
At 9:03 in the second quarter, Titans’ Colin McCarthy intercepted the ball at the Jacksonville 34-yard line putting Tennessee within reach of scoring; but once again, a turnover ensued. Just after their second first down of the game, Locker was credited with the second Titans’ fumble as he tried to pass the ball off to Chris Johnson.
Locker left the game immediately after the turnover in severe discomfort and would not return due to a foot injury that seemed to stem from the previous play when Locker was hit after an 8-yard run.
After holding the Jaguars on their next possession, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the field and the crowd seemed to groan simultaneously. Fitzpatrick connected with Johnson for a first down that ruled back due to an illegal block by Tennessee’s Kendall Wright. He then connected with Justin Hunter for an 11-yard first down and after finding Shonn Greene twice for a total of 8 yards and Kendall Wright for a total of 23 yards.
Just before halftime, Fitzpatrick found Taylor Thompson in the end zone for Tennessee’s first touchdown of the game cutting the Jaguars’ lead to 13-7 at the end of the half.
Jaguars started the second half with an 8-play drive for 79 yards that resulted in a touchdown by Jordan Todman. The Titans countered with an 11-play drive for 59 yards that resulted in a 39-yard field goal by Rob Bironas and that was the extent of third period scoring.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Alterraun Verner intercepted a pass intended for Cecil Shorts, giving Tennessee possession at the Jacksonville 26 which resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Bironas and brought the score within 7 points.
The Titans’ defense was able to stop the Jaguars from advancing, returning possession back to Tennessee with hopes of closing the gap. On the second play of the Titans’ drive, right guard Chance Warmack was called for holding in the end zone which resulted in a safety for Jacksonville and advanced their lead to 9 points.
On their next possession, the Titans had back-to-back first downs putting them in Jacksonville territory. Fitzpatrick was sacked on 2nd and 7 but a defensive holding penalty gave Tennessee the first down. Kendall Wright then ran for 26 yards, setting up the next play where Fitzpatrick scrambled up the middle and dove into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown.
Down by just two points, the Titans held off Jacksonville yet again and regained possession with 3:13 left in the game. However, on 3rd and 9 the ball was stripped from Fitzpatrick as he was sacked and Will Blackmon ran the ball 21 yards for a Jacksonville touchdown.
Delanie Walker was able to add a 14-yard touchdown to the Titans’ score but it was too little too late with only 44 second remaining in the game. Turnovers got the best of the Titans as they awarded Jacksonville with their first win of season by a difference of only two. This was Jacksonville’s first win since week 12 of the 2012 season, which was also a win against the Titans.
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