Game Notes: Walker Breaks Wycheck's Franchise Mark


WALKER BREAKS WYCHECK'S MARK:In the fourth quarter, Delanie Walker recorded his fourth reception of the game.  On the catch—his 71st of the season—he broke Frank Wycheck's franchise record for the most receptions in a season by a tight end.  Wycheck set the record by hauling in 70 passes in 1998, and he matched the mark in 2000.  Walker's season totals now include 74 receptions for 871 yards and four touchdowns.  He leads the team in all three categories.


The Tennessee Titans take on the New York Jets in Week 14 at MetLife Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

WALKER LEADS TEAM AGAIN: Tight endDelanie Walker** led the Titans with seven receptions and 71 yards.  It marked the seventh time this season Walker has recorded team highs in both categories.  He has led or tied for the team lead in either receptions or receiving yards in every game since Week 3. 

MARIOTA PASSES FOR 274 YARDS:Titans quarterbackMarcus Mariota completed 21 of 39 passes for 274 yards at the Jets.  The yardage total was the third highest of his rookie season through 13 games.  In the fourth quarter, he recorded the third-longest completion of his rookie season when he found wide receiver Harry Douglas for a 51-yard pass. Mariota's 39 attempts were his most since throwing a season-high 44 passes against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 27.                                         


MARIOTA ADDS TOUCHDOWN CATCH TO LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In the third quarter, quarterbackMarcus Mariotasplit out wide in the offensive formation, leaving running backAntonio Andrewsas the lone back.  After the shotgun snap, Andrews rolled right and lofted a pass down the sideline to Mariota, who finished the play for a 41-yard touchdown.  Mariota became the first quarterback in franchise history to record a touchdown reception.  He also became the first NFL player in 2015 to pass for a touchdown, rush for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass.  Prior to Mariota's feat, the last player to record touchdowns of at least 40 yards passing, rushing and receiving in the same season wasWalter Payton** in 1983.

ANDREWS PASSES FOR A TOUCHDOWN:With his 41-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Mariota, Antonio Andrews, a former high school quarterback, became the first non-quarterback to complete a touchdown pass for the Titans since wide receiver Drew Bennett did so at Green Bay on Oct. 11, 2004.  Andrews' touchdown pass was the longest in the NFL by a non-quarterback since wide receiver Mohamed Sanu's 73-yard touchdown throw for the Bengals against the Redskins on Sept. 23, 2012.


BIG PLAY BY DOUGLAS: In the fourth quarter, Harry Douglas turned a quick pass into a 51-yard gain.  The reception was Douglas' longest of the season and the **fourth-longest of his eight-year career.  Douglas finished the contest with 65 yards on three total receptions.

ELEVEN PLAYERS WITH A TD RECEPTION:When Marcus Mariota caught a touchdown pass at New York, he became the 11th Titans player in 2015 to record at least one touchdown reception.  The 11 players with a touchdown catch are the most in franchise history.  Prior to 2015, only the 1961 Oilers team had as many as 10 players with a touchdown reception. 

KLUG RECORDS SACK:On the final play of the third quarter, Karl Klug notched a seven-yard sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick, giving the fifth-year defensive lineman 18 career sacks.  Klug's 3.5 sacks in 2015 are the most he has had in a season since recording 3.5 sacks in 2012.                                                                                                            

TAVAI, TURZILLI MAKE DEBUTS:A pair of undrafted rookies made their NFL regular season debuts against the Jets: outside linebacker J.R. Tavai and wide receiver Andrew Turzilli.  They became the 13th and 14th rookies to play in a game for the Titans this season.  Turzilli made his first NFL catch in the second quarter for 18 yards and added a seven-yard catch in the third quarter.                                              

PENALTIES DOWN AGAIN:The Titans were penalized only three times against the Jets for 20 yards.  The three penalties were the team's fewest since having one penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 17, 2014, and the 20 penalty yards were the fewest by the Titans since they were penalized 20 yards against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 28, 2014.  Over the last five weeks, the Titans have averaged 4.2 penalties per game after averaging 7.4 penalties during their first eight games.


TWO-POINT CONVERSION SUCCESS: The Titans were successful on a two-point conversion attempt when running backDexter McClusterscored on a pass fromMarcus Mariota**.  The Titans have converted three of their four attempts on two-point conversions in 2015, marking the first time since 2006 they scored three times on two-point conversions.  The team record is four two-point conversions in a season, set in 1994. 

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were wide receiver Kendall Wright, running back Bishop Sankey, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan, and defensive linemen Mike Martin and Ropati Pitoitua.  Wright (ribs), Morgan (shoulder) and Martin (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.


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