Marcus Mariota Sets Franchise Rookie Passing Record


MARIOTA SETS FRANCHISE ROOKIE PASSING RECORD:With a 367-yard passing performance against the Colts, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota set a new franchise single-game rookie record for passing yards.  He was 27-of-44 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.  The previous record holder for a Titans/Oilers rookie was Zach Mettenberger, whose 345 yards last season at Philadelphia (Nov. 23) broke Jacky Lee's mark of 331 yards, set on Nov. 25, 1960. Mariota, Mettenberger and Lee are the only rookies in franchise history to pass for 300 or more yards in a game.

MARIOTA'S PASSER RATING TOP EIGHT IN HISTORY:With a passer rating of 109.2, Marcus Mariota owns the eighth best passer rating in NFL history in a player's first three starts and the highest since Chad Pennington'sfirst three starts in 2002.  Mariota's passer rating through three starts trails only Kurt Warner (125.0 in 1999), Dan Marino (114.9 in 1983), Pennington (113.4), Matt Flynn (111.9 from 2010-11), Greg Cook (111.1 in 1969), Mark Rypien (110.3 in 1988) and Ed Rubbert (110.2 in 1987 replacement games).


EIGHTH IN PASSING YARDS IN THE TITANS ERA: Marcus Mariota's367 passing yards were the most by a Titans quarterback sinceRyan Fitzpatrick's** 402 passing yards in an overtime game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15, 2013. Mariota's total ranks eighth in the Titans era (1999-present).

MARIOTA TIES RYPIEN:Late in the second quarter, Marcus Mariota connected with Kendall Wright on a seven-yard score, and in the third quarter, he connected with Dorial Green Beckham on a three-yard touchdown pass.  In doing so, he tied Mark Rypien for the most touchdown passes in NFL history through the first three games of a career. As a member of the Washington Redskins in 1988, Rypien passed for eight touchdowns in his first three games.

WALKER REACHES MILESTONES:In the second quarter Delanie Walker's first reception of the game (six yards) gave him his 250th career NFL reception.  Later in the second quarter on a 19-yard grab, Walker passed the 3,000-yard receiving mark for his career.  Walker totaled 68 yards on seven receptions, which tied for the team lead (Kendall Wright).


WRIGHT LEADS IN RECEIVING: Late in the second quarter, wide receiverKendall Wrightscored on a seven-yard pass fromMarcus Mariota**.  It was Wright's second touchdown grab of 2015 and the 14th touchdown of his four-year career. Wright led the team with 95 receiving yards on seven catches (tied for team lead).

TWO RECEPTIONS, TWO TOUCHDOWNS:On his second career reception, rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham scored his second career touchdown.  He caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota in the third quarter a week after posting a 13-yard touchdown on his first NFL catch at Cleveland

ANDREWS' FIRST CAREER TD:In the third quarter, Antonio Andrews gave the Titans their first lead of the game with an eight-yard touchdown run.  It was the first career touchdown for the second-year running back, who led the team with 49 rushing yards on 12 carries in the game.  He added one reception for 12 yards.


FIRST TOUCHDOWN FOR FOWLER: Rookie fullback Jalston Fowler scored his first career touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run.  **In the third quarter, the fourth-round pick picked up a first down with a three-yard run on fourth-and-one to give the Titans a first-and-goal.

LONG RECEPTION FOR SANKEY:In the third quarter, Bishop Sankey recorded a 20-yard reception on a screen play.  It was the longest reception of the second-year running back's career.

O-LINE SWITCH:When starting left tackle Taylor Lewan went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter, Jamon Merideth moved from right guard to take Lewan's spot at left tackle.  Rookie Andy Gallik then entered the game at right guard.  The line later moved back to its original configuration when Lewan returned to action.

MOST YARDS SINCE 2013The Titans' 433 total net yards made up the their highest total since Dec. 15, 2013, when they posted 460 yards in an overtime contest against the Arizona Cardinals.

TIME OF POSSESSION:The Titans have won the time of possession battle in each of their first three games of the season, including a mark of 34:59 against the Colts.  They have an average time of possession in 2015 of 33:54.


SPREADING IT AROUND: **Ten different Titans caught at least one pass against the Colts, the most for the Titans since they had 11 players with one or more receptions in the 2012 season opener against New England (Sept. 9).  The Titans had not had as many as nine players record a reception in any game from 2013-2014.

TURNING TURNOVERS INTO POINTS:The Titans have made the most of their four takeaways this year, scoring four times.  Against the Colts, they scored a touchdown and a field goal following interceptions, and in the season opener at Tampa Bay, both of their takeaways led to touchdowns.


COX GETS FIRST INTERCEPTION AS A TITAN: In the third quarter, cornerbackPerrish Coxrecorded his seventh career interception and his first as a member of the Titans.  He picked off anAndrew Luck** pass and went 27 yards on the return (career long) to help set up a touchdown.

FIFTH CAREER INTERCEPTION FOR BROWN:In the third quarter, inside linebacker Zach Brown recorded his fifth career interception and his first since Nov. 24, 2013.  He picked off a pass from Andrew Luck and raced 45 yards on the return to help set up a field goal.

ORAKPO'S FIRST SACK IN TITANS BLUE:In the second quarter, Brian Orakporecorded his first sack as a member of the Titans.  On third down, the seventh-year outside linebacker droppedAndrew Luckfor a six-yard loss to record his 41st career sack.


The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in their Week 3 home opener at Nissan Stadium (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

23RD CAREER SACK FOR CASEY: In the fourth quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recorded his second sack of the season and the 23rd of his career, taking downAndrew Luck** for a five-yard loss.

KLUG NOTCHES FIRST SACK OF 2015:In the third quarter, defensive lineman Karl Klug notched his first sack of 2015, forcing a four-yard loss and causing a fumble on the play (recovered by the Colts). It gave Klug 15.5 career sacks.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, running back Terrance West, cornerback Jason McCourty, cornerback Cody Riggs, offensive lineman Chance Warmack, tight end Chase Coffman and nose tackle Sammie Hill.  McCourty (groin), Riggs (knee), Warmack (knee), and Hill (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.


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