Game Notes: Titans at Jaguars



CAREER HIGH FOR HENRY:Second-year running backDerrick Henry** set a career high and led the Titans with 92 rushing yards on a team-high 14 carries.  He excelled in the second half, picking up all but five of his rushing yards in the final two quarters. 


HENRY RUSHES FOR A SCORE:In the third quarter,Derrick Henry** rumbled 17 yards for his first touchdown of the season.  The second-round pick tallied five rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2016.

FOWLER FINDS THE END ZONE: Fullback Jalston Fowler scored on a three-yard rushing attempt in the fourth quarter, giving him his second career rushing touchdown.

A CAREER FIRST FOR WALKER: In the third quarter, 12th-year tight end Delanie Walker achieved a career first.  From the Jacksonville one-yard line, he went in motion, took a handoff from quarterback Marcus Mariota and scored his first career rushing touchdown.  He has 31 career receiving touchdowns.  Walker also found himself in familiar territory as a receiver, leading the club with four catches for 61 yards.


THREE TOUCHDOWNS ON THE GROUND:The Titans scored three rushing touchdowns in a game for the first time in theMike Mularkeyhead coaching era and the first time since Dec. 8, 2013 at Denver.  With tight endDelanie Walker, running backDerrick Henryand fullbackJalston Fowler each rushing for a score, it marked the first time three different runners reached the end zone for the team since Nov. 3, 2013 at St. Louis, whenChris Johnson(two touchdowns),Shonn GreeneandJake Locker** accomplished the feat.

PROTECTING MARIOTA: A week after the Jaguars defense accumulated 10 sacks against the Houston Texans, the Titans offensive line allowed the Jaguars to sack Marcus Mariota only once.  The Titans also only allowed one sack in the season opener against the Raiders on Sept. 10. 


FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN FOR SMITH:In the fourth quarter, rookie tight endJonnu Smithrecorded his first career touchdown, taking a screen pass fromMarcus Mariota** and going 32 yards for the touchdown.  Earlier in the contest, Smith recorded his first NFL reception for a two-yard loss. 

BIG CATCH BY TAYLOR: In the third quarter, rookie wide receiver Taywan Taylor recorded a 42-yard reception to put the Titans deep in Jaguars territory.  The catch was the longest offensive play of the season for the Titans through two games.  Taylor also had two rushing attempts for 16 yards, including a 17-yard run for a first down in the second quarter. 

TITANS SCORE ON SIX CONSECUTIVE DRIVES: Excluding their final possession, which the Titans used to run out the clock to end the game, the Titans scored on their last six drives. They ended the first half with a field goal and in the second half capped off drives with a field goal and four consecutive touchdowns. 


TITANS SCORE 31 IN SECOND HALF:** With 17 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter, the Titans totaled 31 points in the second half.  That is the most points the team has scored in the second half of any game since at least 1991.  

TITANS SCORE 17 IN THIRD QUARTER: Their 17 points in the third quarter were the most by the Titans in the third quarter of a game since they scored 17 points against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 27, 2015.

DEFENSE RECORDS TAKEAWAY ON THREE CONSECUTIVE DRIVES: In the second and third quarters, the Titans defense forced a turnover on three consecutive drives.  The first was a fumble recovery, followed by two interceptions. 

THREE-TURNOVER GAMES: With three takeaways in the win, the Titans extended their winning streak to 17 consecutive games when they force three or more turnovers.  The streak dates back to 2009.  


ORAKPO CREATES TURNOVER:In the second quarter, outside linebackerBrian Orakporecorded a strip-sack against Jaguars quarterbackBlake Bortles.  Outside linebackerErik Walden** fell on the ball at Jacksonville's 39-yard line to record his third career fumble recovery.  For Orakpo, he was credited with his first sack of the season to give him 58.5 career sacks.  The forced fumble was Orakpo's second of the season and the ninth of his career. 

MORGAN'S SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK WITH A SACK: Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan recorded his second consecutive game with a sack.  In the third quarter against the Jaguars, he dropped Blake Bortles for a five-yard loss on third down.   The sack tied Morgan with former Titans defensive end  Kyle Vanden Bosch (38.5) for ninth on the team's all-time sack list.

RILEY RECORDS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION: In the second quarter, linebacker Avery Williamson tipped a Blake Bortles pass, and safety Curtis Riley came down with the ball to record his first career interception.  It was only the fifth career game for Riley, who was originally signed in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. 


SEARCY GETS EIGHTH CAREER INTERCEPTION:Early in the third quarter, safetyDa'Norris Searcyrecorded his eighth career interception, picking off aBlake Bortlespass and returning the ball eight yards to Jacksonville's 39-yard line.  Searcy started the game in place of an injuredJohnathan Cyprien**. 

SUCCOP CONNECTS: Ryan Succop made a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter, a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend his franchise-record streak to 41 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. The previous franchise record holder was Al Del Greco, who made 24 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards from 1995–1996.

THREE FIELD GOALS IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS: For the first time in four seasons, Ryan Succop recorded consecutive games with at least three field goals.  He last accomplished the feat as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, booting three field goals against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 27 and three at the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 3. 


BIG RETURN BY JACKSON:Titans rookieAdoree' Jacksonreturned a punt 46 yards in the third quarter to set up the Titans offense at the Jacksonville 34-yard line.  It was the longest punt return for the Titans sinceDexter McCluster's** 48-yard return against the Houston Texans on Oct. 26, 2014.

ONSIDE RETURN BY DECKER: After the Jaguars scored in the fourth quarter, they attempted an onside kick.  Titans wide receiver Eric Decker fielded the ball and raced 22 yards on the return to help set up a Titans touchdown.  It was Decker's first kickoff return since 2011 as a member of the Denver Broncos.  

FIELD POSITION: The Titans won the field position battle against the Jaguars by a large margin.  Their average starting position was the Tennessee 40-yard line, while the Jaguars average drive began on their own 23-yard line.  The Titans began five of their final eight possessions in Jaguars territory.

JONES REACHES 50 CONSECUTIVE STARTS: Center Ben Jones made his 50th consecutive start, dating back to 2014 as a member of the Houston Texans. It was his 18th consecutive start with the Titans.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were cornerback Kalan Reed, cornerback Tye Smith, safety Johnathan Cyprien, outside linebacker Josh Carraway, linebacker Nate Palmer, offensive lineman Corey Levin and outside linebacker Kevin Dodd. Cyprien (hamstring) and Smith (hand) were ruled out on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 action at EverBank Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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