Mariota Sets Two-Game Mark for TD Passes


MARIOTA SETS TWO-GAME MARK FOR TD PASSES:Against the Browns,Marcus Mariota was 21-of-37 passing for 257 yards and a pair of touchdown passes with no interceptions, amounting to a passer rating of 96.3.  With two touchdown passes at Cleveland (19 yards to Anthony Fasano and 13 yards to Dorial Green-Beckham) following his four-touchdown showing in the season opener at Tampa Bay,*Mariota became the first quarterback in NFL history to record six total touchdown passes within the first two games of his career.  There were four previous quarterbacks with five touchdown passes in their first two games:Johnny Green(Buffalo, 1960),Greg Cook(Cincinnati, 1969),Mark Rypien(Washington, 1988) andGus Frerotte* (Washington, 1994).


MARIOTA'S PASSER RATING ALSO SETS NEW BENCHMARK:Through his first two NFL games,Marcus Mariota** has completed 34 of his 53 pass attempts for 466 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.  His 129.9 passer rating is the highest rating by any Super Bowl-era quarterback (since 1966) in his first two career starts

GREEN-BECKHAM'S FIRST CATCH A TD: Rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham made the most of his first NFL reception.  The second-round pick caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-six.

BIG DAY BY FASANO WITH WALKER OUT: With Delanie Walker inactive due to a hand injury, fellow tight end Anthony Fasano led the team in receiving with five catches for 84 yards.  In the third quarter, Fasano recorded a 33-yard reception on a pass from Marcus Mariota.  The catch was the second-longest of Fasano's 10-year career behind a 35-yard touchdown reception at Kansas City on Nov. 6, 2011.  Later in the third quarter against the Browns, he scored on a 19-yard pass from Mariota.  It was his 32nd career touchdown and his first as a member of the Titans.  Fasano's 84 receiving yards tied for the second-highest total of his career and the most since his 107-yard performance against the Titans as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

CAREER DAY FOR McCLUSTER: Running back Dexter McCluster set single-game career highs for rushing yards and scrimmage yards.  He led the team in rushing with 98 yards on 10 carries, beating his previous high of 61 yards, which he reached twice earlier in his six-year career (last at Denver on Jan. 1, 2012). He added 26 yards on four receptions to give him 124 yards from scrimmage and top his previous mark of 107 scrimmage yards at Chicago on Dec. 4, 2011.  In the first quarter against the Browns, he recorded the longest run of his career, gaining 44 yards.  It topped his previous long run of 32 yards in the aforementioned contest against the Bears.  McCluster also returned four punts for a total of 41 yards to give him a combined net total of 165 yards.


FIRST CARRY AND RECEPTION BY FOWLER:In the third quarter, rookie fullbackJalston Fowler** recorded his first career rushing attempt.  On third-and-one, he took a handoff and plunged three yards for a first down.  Later in the same drive, the fourth-round pick caught his first pass for a 19-yard gain on a screen play.

SACK BY MORGAN: On the final play of the third quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan sacked Johnny Manziel for a four-yard loss.  He also forced a fumble on the play (recovered by the Browns).  The sack gave Morgan a team-high three sacks in 2015 and 26 sacks in his six-year career.

SACK BY WOODYARD: In the third quarter, linebacker Wesley Woodyard recorded his first sack of the season.  He took down Johnny Manziel for a 10-yard loss and forced a fumble on the play (recovered by the Browns).  The play gave Woodyard 11.5 career sacks.

LONGEST SCORING DRIVE IN THREE YEARS: In the fourth quarter, the Titans went on a 15-play, 77-yard drive that consumed eight minutes and seven seconds.  The team had not put together a scoring drive that lasted eight minutes since Dec. 9, 2012 at the Indianapolis Colts (10:08).  The 15 plays on a scoring drive were the most by the Titans since Dec. 15, 2013 against the Arizona Cardinals (15 plays).

TEAM RUSHING TOTAL: The Titans recorded 30 rushing attempts for 166 yards versus the Browns, with Dexter McCluster (10 carries for 98 yards) and Bishop Sankey (12 carries for 42 yards) accounting for the majority of the production.  It was the highest rushing total by the Titans since a 182-yard performance at Jacksonville on Dec. 22, 2013. 


SIX TITANS HAVE CAUGHT TD PASSES:**Marcus Mariota's six touchdown passes through two games have gone to six different receivers: wide receivers Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas and Dorial Green-Beckham; running back Bishop Sankey; and tight ends Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano.  Last season, a total of eight different Titans caught touchdown passes, and it took until the 10th game of the season for the sixth different player to do so.

TIME OF POSSESSION: The Titans accumulated a time of possession of 35:11, their highest total since the 2014 season opener at Kansas City (Sept. 7), when their time of possession was 37:44.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, running back Antonio Andrews, cornerback Jason McCourty, cornerback Cody Riggs, offensive lineman Quinton Spain, tight end Delanie Walker and nose tackle Sammie Hill.  Andrews (hamstring), McCourty (groin), Riggs (knee), Walker (hand) and Hill (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.


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