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Jaguars end skid, beat Titans 29-27 for 1st win
JACKSONVILLE 29, TENNESSEE 27

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's game balls all around for the
Jacksonville Jaguars, winless no more.

They can thank the Tennessee Titans for helping them finally get
that first victory this season.

Owner Shad Khan gave first-year coach Gus Bradley a game ball,
and the coach made sure both his boss and general manager David
Caldwell each got one, too, after the Jaguars held off the
Titans 29-27 Sunday. All the Jaguars will be receiving a game
ball to remember this very big win.

"What I'm excited about is that we improved in many areas,"
Bradley said. "On my call sheet I was writing down things that
were really good that were happening during the game. They just
kept piling up. I thought, `this is how it feels."'

Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown as
the Jaguars left Tampa Bay at 0-8 as the only winless team left.
The Buccaneers host Miami on Monday night.

The Jaguars (1-8) scored the most points in a game this season.
They never trailed and forced four turnovers they turned into 17
points.

"It's definitely a great feeling," Jaguars quarterback Chad
Henne. "Hopefully we can build on this. We can't become
complacent and say we got our first win ... we've still got to
improve on what we've done today and get better individually."

The Titans scored twice in the final 4:15, the last on a 14-yard
TD pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker with 40 seconds
left. But Johnathan Cyprien recovered the onside kick to seal
the victory.

On a day the Titans (4-5) held a moment of silence for late
owner Bud Adams, they got caught looking ahead to Thursday
night's AFC South game with division leader Indianapolis. The
Titans also lost Jake Locker to an injured right foot that had
him on crutches and in a walking boot in the second half.

The Titans were coming off an emotional win over former coach
Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, and they looked flat from the start -
when even Adams' family was late to the stadium and a news
conference introducing the owners was scratched before kickoff.

"We had a lot of things happen today that should never happen to
us in any game," coach Mike Munchak said.

The Jaguars took advantage despite being outgained 362-214 in
total offense. Henne threw for 180 yards.

Outscored 70-15 in the first quarter of the first eight games
combined, the Jaguars jumped to a 13-0 lead with Paul Posluszny
stripping Chris Johnson of his first fumble this season on
Tennessee's first offensive play, and Dwayne Gratz intercepting
a Locker pass.

The first turnover set up Jones-Drew for three straight carries
capped by a 6-yard TD run. Josh Scobee kicked his second field
goal, a 44-yarder, after the interception, giving the Jaguars'
their biggest lead in any game this season, 13-0 early in the
second quarter. The Jaguars could have had a bigger lead if not
for a shotgun snap bouncing off receiver Ace Sanders as he ran
in motion.

Not even Munchak seemed ready. The Titans coach wanted to
challenge a 22-yard sideline catch by Cecil Shorts III, but
threw the flag as the Jaguars snapped the ball. Munchak said
later he was waiting for a better replay before deciding to
challenge.

Locker hurt his right foot in the second quarter at the end of
an option keeper. He was so hobbled he couldn't connect with
Johnson on a handoff on the next play, and the Jaguars recovered
with 6:22 left. Locker was on crutches after the game and said
he will have more tests Monday.

"I was tired of having to come off the field because I was
hurt," Locker said.

Fitzpatrick replaced Locker, and he threw for 264 yards and two
touchdowns. He also ran for a 4-yard TD with 4:15 left trying to
rally the Titans. But after the Titans forced the Jaguars to go
three and out, Fitzpatrick was sacked by cornerback Will
Blackmon, who stripped him of the ball and ran it back 21 yards
for a 29-20 lead.

The Jaguars also held the Titans to a pair of field goals by Rob
Bironas in the second half. Bryan Anger pinned the Titans at
their 1 with a 42-yard punt, and the Jaguars got a safety when
rookie right guard Chance Warmack was called for holding
Sen'Derrick Marks in the end zone. That safety with 7:44 left
was the winning margin.

"It's something we can build off of," Marks said.

NOTES: The Jaguars now have won four of the past six in this
series. ... Jaguars receiver Stephen Burton suffered a head
injury in the fourth quarter. ... The Jaguars had been outscored
by an average 22.3 points through the first eight games. ...
Johnson passed Earl Campbell for second all-time behind only
Eddie George for most yards from scrimmage in franchise history.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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