Game Notes: Titans vs. Jaguars


NO TURNOVERS AGAIN: The Titans did not commit a turnover for the second consecutive game.  They have not lost a fumble or thrown an interception in the last eight quarters, their longest turnover-free stretch of the season thus far. 


SIX SACKS:The Titans defense totaled six sacks against the Jaguars, the most by the team since a seven-sack game against the Jaguars on Dec. 30, 2012. **Jurrell Caseyled the squad with a pair of sacks, whileKamerion Wimbley,Shaun Phillips,Marqueston HuffandKarl Klug each had a solo sack.

FIVE PENALTIES TIES SEASON LOW: The Titans were whistled for five penalties against the Jaguars, tying their season low through five games (Sept. 14 vs. Dallas).

WHITEHURST FILLS IN FOR LOCKER: With Jake Locker inactive due to a thumb injury, Charlie Whitehurst made his second start of 2014 and the sixth start of his nine-year career. He threw for a career-high 233 yards, completing 17 passes with no interceptions on 28 attempts.  His final passer rating was 87.4.

THREE ROOKIES START: Three rookies – left tackle Taylor Lewan, running back Bishop Sankey and linebacker Avery Williamson – were in the starting lineup for the Titans, their highest total since three rookies started the 2012 season finale (Taylor Thompson, Coty Sensabaugh and Zach Brown on Dec. 30, 2012).                                               

TWO DRAFT PICKS GET FIRST STARTS: Titans first-round pick Taylor Lewan received the first start of his career, stepping into the lineup at left tackle due to Michael Roos' knee injury. Also, second-round pick Bishop Sankey was in the starting lineup at running back for the first time.  Sankey led the team with 61 rushing yards on 18 carries, including a long run of 22 yards to help set up a field goal. He added one reception for seven yards.

COFFMAN'S FIRST START: Chase Coffman, who is in his fifth NFL season and his first campaign with the Titans, recorded the first start of his career, filling in for the injured Craig Stevens (thigh).


BATTLE TIME:Late in the second quarter, fullbackJackie Battle** scored on a one-yard run to give the Titans the lead.  It was Battle's first touchdown of 2014 and his ninth career touchdown run.

FIRST TAKEAWAY BY ROOKIE WILLIAMSON: The Titans got a key fumble recovery late in the game from rookie Avery Williamson, who earned his second career start in the contest.  With less than five minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter, cornerback Jason McCourty recorded his fifth career forced fumble, knocking the ball out of the hands of receiver Cecil Shorts III at Tennessee's 10-yard line.  Williamson, a fifth-round draft choice from Kentucky, scooped up the ball to notch his first career takeaway and raced 41 yards on the return. 

FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION: In the third quarter, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson notched the first interception of his career.  He picked off a Blake Bortles pass and returned the ball 34 yards.  The play led to a fourth-quarter field goal, which ultimately proved to be the difference in a 16-14 victory.

TWO SACKS BY CASEY: Early in the second quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey ended a Jaguars drive with a four-yard sack on third down against quarterback Blake Bortles. Later in the second quarter, Casey posted a nine-yard sack to give him four total sacks in 2014 and 20 in his four-year career.  His effort against the Jaguars was the fifth game in his career with two sacks. 


OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS RECORD SACKS:Within a span of three plays in the fourth quarter, Titans outside linebackers recorded the group's first two sacks of the season. **Shaun PhillipssackedBlake Bortlesto give the 11th-year defender 80.5 in his career.  Two plays later,Kamerion Wimbley's sack gave him 52.5 total sacks in his nine NFL seasons. 

FIRST SACK FOR HUFF: Titans rookie defensive back Marqueston Huff recorded his first career sack, blitzing and taking down Blake Bortles for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

SACK BY KLUG: In the second quarter, defensive lineman Karl Klug dropped Blake Bortles for an eight-yard loss to record his second sack of 2014 (14.5 career).

LONG RETURN GETS WASHINGTON OVER 7,000: On Jacksonville's first kickoff of the game, Leon Washington returned the ball 49 yards.  It was Washington's longest return since a 95-yarder at Denver on Dec. 8, 2013. With the return, he became the second active player (Darren Sproles) and the 11th player in NFL history to reach 7,000 career kickoff return yards.

LONG PUNT BY KERN: In the fourth quarter, Brett Kern flipped field position with a 69-yard punt.  It went down as the third-longest punt of his career and his longest since Dec. 2, 2012 against the Houston Texans (70 yards).  Against the Jaguars, Kern punted five times, averaging 49.8 yards per punt (39.8 net average) with three placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

BIG DAY FOR SUCCOP: For the 18th time in his six-year career, Titans kicker Ryan Succop made three or more field goals in a game.  He was good on all three of his attempts against the Jaguars, hitting from 25, 21 and 42 yards.  He also kicked off five times, booting each attempt into the end zone and totaling four touchbacks.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Jake Locker, running back Shonn Greene, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, cornerback Brandon Ghee, linebacker Akeem Ayers, tight end Taylor Thompson and tight end Craig Stevens.  From the inactive list, all except Ghee and Ayers were on the injury report heading into the contest. 

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