Game Notes: Titans vs. Jaguars

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TITANS SCORE 26 POINTS IN FOUR CONSECUTIVE GAMES: For the first time in 13 years, the Titans scored at least 26 points in four consecutive games.  They scored a season-high 36 points against the Jaguars after previously scoring 30 at Miami (Oct. 9), 28 against Cleveland (Oct. 16) and 26 against Indianapolis (Oct. 23). The last time the Titans scored 26 or more points in four consecutive games was Weeks 13-16 of the 2003 season.  
 
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NO SACKS, NO INTERCEPTIONS, 200 RUSHING YARDS:For the eighth time in franchise history—and the second time in a four-game stretch—the Titans did not allow a sack, did not throw an interception and recorded 200 or more rushing yards in a game.  The also did so at Miami on Oct. 9.  Prior to that, the last time they accomplished the feat was Nov. 23, 2009 against Houston.
 
TITANS TOTAL 494 YARDS:The Titans recorded 494 yards of offense against the Jaguars, including 214 rushing yards and 280 net passing yards.  It was their highest yardage total in a game since accumulating 532 yards against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 29, 2009.
 
TITANS RUSH FOR 200 YARDS FOR SECOND TIME IN FOUR WEEKS:The Titans totaled 214 rushing yards on 43 carries against the Jaguars, hitting the 200-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and the second time in a four-game stretch.  They rushed for 235 yards at Miami on Oct. 9.  This season marks the first time the team has had at least a pair of 200-yard rushing games since 2009. 
 
60 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN AGAIN:For the second consecutive game, the Titans converted nine of 15 attempts on third down.  Their 60.0 percent conversion rate on third down tied for their second highest percentage since the start of the 2013 season, trailing only a 61.5 percent output (eight of 13) against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.
 

SIX STRAIGHT SCORING DRIVES:After punting to end their initial possession, the Titans scored in their next six possessions, including four drives for touchdowns and two drives for field goals. 
 
24 POINTS IN SECOND QUARTER:The Titans' 24 points in the second quarter against the Jaguars tied for their most in any second quarter since the start of the 1999 season.  They last reached the mark on Jan. 2, 2000 at Pittsburgh.  In the same time period, the 24-point quarter against the Jaguars tied for the second-highest total in any quarter, trailing only a 27-point fourth quarter at Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2010.  The Titans also scored 24 points in the first quarter against Indianapolis on Dec. 5, 2004; in the third quarter against Dallas on Dec. 25, 2000; in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on Nov. 26, 2006; and in the fourth quarter against Buffalo on Nov. 15, 2009. 
 
JAGUARS LIMITED TO 48 RUSHING YARDS:The Titans held their third opponent in four games to 51 or fewer rushing yards.  They allowed the Jaguars only 48 rushing yards on 11 carries, a season low in attempts by a Titans opponent. 
 
YARDAGE IN FIRST HALF MOST BY ANY TEAM THIS YEAR:The Titans totaled 354 yards of offense in the first half against the Jaguars.  It was the highest yardage total of any NFL team in any half this season.
 

MOST POINTS IN A HALF SINCE WEEK 1 OF 2015:The Titans scored 27 points in the first half, their highest output in any half since putting 35 points on the scoreboard at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13, 2015. 
 
TITANS SHUT OUT JAGUARS IN FIRST HALF:The Titans went into halftime with a 27-0 lead over the Jaguars.  It was their biggest lead in first-half shutout since Nov. 14, 1993, when they were beating the Cincinnati Bengals 28-0 at halftime. 
 
TITANS LIMIT JAGUARS TO 60 YARDS IN FIRST HALF:The Titans defense only allowed the Jaguars 60 yards of offense in the first half, including five rushing yards and 55 passing yards.  It was the lowest total by a Titans opponent in the first half since the Bills had 51 yards against them on Oct. 11, 2015.
 
MARIOTA'S PASSER RATING SECOND HIGHEST OF CAREER:In his 20th career game,Marcus Mariotacompleted 18 of 22 passes for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  His 148.1 passer rating was the second-highest number of his career and his highest since the 2015 season opener (158.3 at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13).  Mariota recorded his fourth consecutive game with a passer rating of 95 or greater and at least two touchdown passes.
 

MARIOTA FIFTH IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES BEFORE 23RD BIRTHDAY:*Marcus Mariota completed two touchdown passes against the Jaguars to bring his season total to 14.  He hit wide receiver Kendall Wright for a 36-yard touchdown and wide receiver Rishard Matthews for a four-yard scoring strike.  Mariota, who turns 23 on Sunday, Oct. 30, pushed his career total to 33 touchdown passes.  Of all quarterbacks in NFL history, only four players had more touchdown passes than Mariota prior to their 23rd birthday: Drew Bledsoe (40), Fran Tarkenton (40), Josh Freeman (35) and Jameis Winston (34 through Sunday, Oct. 23).
              
MARIOTA'S COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SIXTH IN TEAM ANNALS: Marcus Mariota recorded an 81.8 completion percentage against the Jaguars (18 of 22), recording the sixth-best percentage in franchise history among qualifying performances (minimum 20 attempts).  Mariota's completion percentage against Jacksonville was the highest among qualifiers with the team since 2002, when Steve McNair completed 82.6 percent of his throws (19 of 23) against the Indianapolis Colts.
 
MARIOTA PASSES FOR 219 IN FIRST HALF: Marcus Mariota's 219 passing yards in the first half (16-of-19, 1 TD, 0 INT, 132.2 passer rating) were the most of any half in his career.  It was the first time he hit 200 passing yards in any half.
 
MURRAY HITS THE 100-YARD MARK: Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.  He notched his 25th career 100-yard rushing game (including playoffs) and his fourth with the Titans. He became the first Titans player to rush for at least 100 yards four times in the team's first eight games of a season since Chris Johnson in 2010.
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MURRAY RUSHES FOR ANOTHER SCORE:*DeMarco Murray scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter, recording his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and the 40th rushing touchdown of his career.  It was his third consecutive game with a rushing touchdown.
 
MURRAY CARRYING THE LOAD AT MIDSEASON: DeMarco Murray has 756 rushing yards at the midpoint of the season, averaging 94.5 yards per contest.  Since 1999, only two Titans running backs—Chris Johnson in 2009 (959 yards at midseason) and Chris Brown in 2004 (810) recorded more rushing yards than Murray in the first eight games of a season.
 
WRIGHT LEADS TEAM, SCORES: Wide receiver Kendall Wright led the Titans against the Jaguars with 84 receiving yards on four catches.  He scored his second touchdown of the season (17th of his career) on a 36-yard reception in the second quarter. 
 
WRIGHT HITS 3,000: On his 36-yard touchdown reception, Kendall Wright went past the 3,000-yard receiving mark for his career.  He became the 14th player in team history to reach the mark.  Wright, whose career total reached 3,080 receiving yards, passed Charley Frazier (3,060) for 13th place on the team's all-time receiving yardage list.
 
MATTHEWS SCORES FOR THIRD TIME IN 2016: In the third quarter, wide receiver Rishard Matthews caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota, notching his 11th career touchdown reception and his third of 2016.
 
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ANOTHER LONG CATCH BY WALKER:In the third quarter,Delanie Walkerrecorded a season-long 47-yard catch.  It was his sixth catch of 2016 of 25 or more yards, which ranks second in the NFL to New England'sRob Gronkowski(eight).  Walker tied for the team lead with four total receptions for 75 yards against the Jaguars.
 
HENRY SCORES FIRST TOUCHDOWN:In the second quarter, rookie running backDerrick Henryscampered six yards for his first career touchdown.  On the drive, the second-round pick totaled five carries for 28 yards.  He finished the game setting season highs with 16 rushing attempts and 60 yards.
 
MORGAN RECORDS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH SACK:In the third quarter, outside linebackerDerrick Morganrecorded a six-yard sack.  The play gave him 5.5 sacks in 2016 and 33 sacks for his career.  It also marked his fourth consecutive game with at least one sack—the first time in his career he accomplished the feat.
 
WILLIAMSON NOTCHES SACK:In the second quarter,Avery Williamsonrecorded his second sack of the season, droppingBlake Bortlesfor a nine-yard loss.  The play gave Williamson 8.5 career sacks.
 

SUCCOP KEEPS STREAK GOING:**Ryan Succop extended his streak to 27 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, a franchise-best stretch that dates back to 2014. He made a 32-yarder in the first quarter and added a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter.
              
SIMS RECOVERS FUMBLE ON SPECIAL TEAMS: Late in the third quarter, rookie LeShaun Sims recorded a fumble recovery on a muffed punt by the Jaguars.  It was the fifth-round pick's first career takeaway and the team's first fumble recovery of the season. 
 
TRETOLA NINTH DRAFT PICK TO PLAY IN 2016: Rookie offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola was active for the first time and saw action late in the game.  The sixth-round pick became the ninth of the team's 10-member 2016 draft class to play in a game.  The 10th member of the class, seventh-round cornerback Kalan Reed, has served on the practice squad all season. 
 
INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were cornerback Perrish Cox, safety Rashad Johnson, guard Quinton Spain, wide receiver Harry Douglas, tight end Jace Amaro and defensive linemen Austin Johnson and Kevin Dodd.  Cox (concussion), Rashad Johnson (neck), Spain (knee) and Dodd (foot) were on the injury report leading up to the game.


The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)


 

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