TITANS ALLOW FIFTH FEWEST RUSHING YARDS IN TEAM HISTORY: The Titans limited the Broncos to 19 rushing yards on 20 attempts. The rushing yardage total was the fifth lowest allowed in team history and the lowest since the Baltimore Ravens had 14 rushing yards on 13 carries against the Titans on Sept. 18, 2005.
TITANS RECORD HIGHEST SACK TOTAL IN TWO YEARS: The Titans totaled six sacks against the Broncos—2.5 by Dave Ball, 1.5 by Jason Babin, one by Tony Brown and one by Cortland Finnegan. Their sack total was the team's highest since recording seven in the 2008 season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars (9/7/08).
MARIANI SCORES ON KICKOFF: After the Broncos went ahead 13-10, Titans rookie Marc Mariani received the kickoff at the two-yard line. Mariani, a seventh-round draft pick from Montana, raced through the coverage to the right sideline, and 98 yards later, he scored the team's first touchdown on a kickoff return since Derrick Mason at Cincinnati on Nov. 18, 2001.
WITHERSPOON HELPS GRIFFIN RECORD 12TH CAREER INTERCEPTION: In the fourth quarter, the Titans were defending a third-and-11 from their own 41-yard line. Linebacker Will Witherspoon tipped a Kyle Orton pass intended for Jabar Gaffney, and safety Michael Griffin was there to record his 12th career interception (first of 2010). It was the second consecutive game in which a Witherspoon tip caused an interception. He made a similar play in the end zone the previous week against the New York Giants.
CAREER HIGH FOR BALL: Defensive end Dave Ball had never recorded more than one sack in 50 career games prior to Sunday's contest against the Broncos. He recorded 2.5 of the team's six sacks against the Broncos and now leads the team with 4.5 sacks in 2010. That matches his career high that he set in 2008. He now has at least one sack in three consecutive contests.
RINGER'S RUN: In the second quarter, second-year running back Javon Ringer recorded a career-long 54-yard run. The play set up a touchdown three plays later. Ringer, a 2009 fifth-round draft pick, is second on the team in 2010 with 114 rushing yards on 15 carries (7.6 average).
YOUNG AND BRITT CONNECT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK: For the second consecutive game, quarterback Vince Young found wide receiver Kenny Britt for a touchdown pass. Against the Broncos, the pair helped to tie the game at 7-7 with an eight-yard touchdown on third-and-one.
YOUNG'S PASSER RATING TOPS 90 AGAIN: For the third time in four games in 2010, Vince Young's passer rating topped 90.0. Against the Broncos he completed 17 of 28 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception, resulting in a 90.3 rating. Earlier this season, he posted a rating of 142.8 on Sept. 12 against the Raiders and a rating of 105.7 on Sept. 26 at the New York Giants.
BIRONAS CONNECTS FROM 55 YARDS, MOVES UP SCORING LIST: With one second remaining in the first half, the Titans lined up for a 55-yard field goal attempt by Rob Bironas. With the wind at his back, Bironas pushed the ball through the uprights, giving him the third-longest field goal of his career. The sixth-year kicker's only longer made field goals were from 60 and 56 yards in 2007. With his field goal against the Broncos, Bironas extended his streak of consecutive games with a field goal to 14, the second-longest streak of its kind in franchise history. Also on the kick, Bironas moved past George Blanda (598 career points with Oilers) for second place on the team's all-time scoring list.
BABIN ALSO ACCUMULATING SACKS: Defensive end Jason Babin ranked second on the team against the Broncos with 1.5 sacks. In the first quarter, the 2010 unrestricted free agent addition combined with Dave Ball on a sack. On the next defensive series, he dropped Kyle Orton for a nine-yard loss on third-and-six. Babin has 3.5 sacks this season, the most he has had since collecting a career-high five sacks with the Houston Texans in 2006.