Titans Game Notes




YOUNG STARTS:For the first time since a game against the Jaguars on Sept. 7, 2008,Vince Youngstarted at quarterback for the Titans.Kerry Collins** had started the last 21 regular season games (and one playoff contest) since that date. With the win against the Jaguars, Young is 19-11 in the regular season as a starter.

SUCCESS ON FIRST DRIVE: For the second time in 2009, the Titans scored on their opening possession. After winning the coin toss, they elected to receive. Vince Young and the offense marched 50 yards on 13 plays, consuming more than seven minutes (7:14). Rob Bironas gave them a 3-0 lead with a 48-yard field goal. Previously in 2009, the Titans scored on their opening drive Sept. 20 against the Houston Texans.

NFL FIRST: Today's game was the NFL's first with four rushing touchdowns of 50-plus yards.

SUCCESS ON FIRST DRIVE—DEFENSE: Also for the second time in 2009 and the first time since Week 1 at Pittsburgh (Sept. 10), the Titans defense forced a three-and-out on the opponent's first series. The Jaguars lost nine yards on the drive, including an intentional grounding penalty on third down.

BIRONAS MOVES UP LIST: With his 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, the 117th of his career, Rob Bironas tied Tony Zendejas (117) for second place on the team's all-time list for most career field goals.

FINNEGAN BACK IN LINEUP, PRODUCES: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan was in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 27 at the New York Jets. The 2008 Pro Bowl selection injured his hamstring against the Jets and missed the first three games of his four-year career. Against the Jaguars in the fourth quarter, he ended a Jaguars threat with an interception at the three-yard line. It was his second interception of the season and eighth of his career. Nickel defensive back Vincent Fuller (missed last three games) also returned to the field against the Jaguars.

VICKERSON'S FIRST START: For this first time in his career, fourth-year defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson recorded a start. The former 2005 seventh-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins had played in 16 previous career games without a start.

GAGE OVER 2,500: With a 14-yard catch in the first quarter, wide receiver Justin Gage went over 2,500 career receiving yards.

THORNTON WITH A RARE SACK: Late in the first quarter, linebacker David Thornton recorded his fifth career sack and first since 2007. Thornton knocked the ball out of David Garrard's hands, and although Garrard recovered, Thornton was credited with his 11th career forced fumble.

CAREER MILESTONES: A pair of long-time Titans defenders reached significant milestones against the Jaguars. Linebacker Keith Bulluck played in his 150th career regular season game (120 consecutive starts), while defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch played in his 100th career regular season contest.

HOOD INTERCEPTION: Cornerback Rod Hood, who was starting the game in place of an injured Nick Harper, recorded his first interception with the Titans and the 12th of his career. Hood was signed by the Titans as a free agent on Oct. 15 after spending the previous two seasons in Arizona. His interception and 18-yard return helped set up a field goal.

VANDEN BOSCH ON THE BOARD: Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch recorded his first sack of the season, taking down David Garrard on third down in the final minute of the first half. It gave Vanden Bosch 41.5 sacks in his ninth NFL season.

BLOCKED PAT: After Maurice Jones-Drew tied the game at 13-13 with his second touchdown run, Michael Griffin blocked the extra point attempt by Josh Scobee. It was the first blocked PAT for the Titans since Antwan Odom tallied one against the New York Jets on Dec. 23, 2007.

JOHNSON ECLIPSES 100 IN STYLE: With the score tied 13-13 in the third quarter, running back Chris Johnson gave the Titans a lead with a 52-yard touchdown. The run, Johnson's sixth career carry of 50-plus yards, put Johnson over the 100-yard barrier for the second consecutive week and the seventh time in his two-year career.

JOHNSON SETS RUSHING RECORD: With an 89-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter—the third-longest run in team history—Chris Johnson reached the franchise's single-game rushing record. His record-setting day concluded with 228 yards, eight more than the previous co-record holders, Billy Cannon (216 on Dec. 10, 1961) and Eddie George (216 on Aug. 31, 1997).

MAKING HISTORY: Johnson's 228 rushing yards represented the NFL's highest rushing total since Adrian Peterson had 296 yards against San Diego Nov. 4, 2007. It tied for the 16th best single-game rushing total since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger.

YOUNG SETS HIGH FOR CARRIES: When he kneeled on the ball on the final play of the game, Vince Young set his career high with 12 rushing attempts, surpassing his previous high of 11 carries (twice, most recently at Denver on Nov. 19, 2007). Young's rushing effort resulted in 30 total yards against the Jaguars.

TEAM RUSHING YARDS: The Titans rushed for 305 yards as a team against the Jaguars, marking the second occasion in franchise history they eclipsed the 300-yard mark. Chris Johnson contributed a team-record 228 yards, while LenDale White added 47 yards. Quarterback Vince Young posted 30 yards on a career-high 12 attempts. The only game in team annals they recorded a higher rushing total was their 332 yards at Kansas City on Oct. 19, 2008. Also, the Titans' yardage total was the most every given up by the Jaguars.

YOUNG'S PASSER RATING: Vince Young completed 15 of 18 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Jaguars. His passer rating of 114.1 is the second-highest of his career, trailing only the 127.7 rating he posted at Buffalo on Dec. 24, 2006.

FISHER TIES EWBANK: With his 134th career win, Jeff Fisher tied Weeb Ewbank for 21st place on the NFL's all-time head coaching wins list. Fisher is 134-115 all-time.

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