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JAGUARS NOTEBOOK: First OT Appearance Since 2015 Ends in 23-20 Loss to Jets

Photo by David Pokress/Sportsday Wire

FLORIDA SPORTS WIRE – Today on the road against the New York Jets, the Jaguars lost 20-23 in OT. The game marked the Jaguars’ first overtime appearance since 2015, when the team fell on the road to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars entered the game with a plus-five (+5) turnover margin in 2017, and increased that to plus-six (+6) after today’s loss.

Although QB Blake Bortles threw an pick, cornerback A.J. Bouye registered an interception and line backer Myles Jack recovered a fumble and returned it 81 yards for a TD. Jack’s 81-yard fumble returned for a score is the third-longest fumble recovery for a TD in franchise history.

The longest since Aaron Beasley set the franchise record with a 90-yard return in 1998.

The defense continues to rack up sacks, taking down Jets QB Josh McCown five times on the afternoon. For the season, the Jaguars have totaled 18 sacks, the most in the NFL and the most through four games in franchise history.

Barry Church, Calais Campbell and Dante Fowler Jr. each registered one sack against the Jets, while Yannick Ngakoue registered two sacks, including his seventh career strip-sack. Telvin Smith led the team with 13 tackles (11 solo), including one tackle for loss.

Jacksonville rookie Leonard Fournette scored his first career receiving TD on a 10-yard pass from Bortles on the Jaguars’ first offensive possession. Against the Jets, Fournette rushed 24 times for 86 yards and caught four passes for 59 yards.

The Jaguars Jason Myers converted field goals of 30 and 22 yards.

NOTES:  The Jaguars have allowed only three sacks, the fewest in the NFL. Bortles has been sacked two-or-fewer times in seven consecutive games, dating back to Week 15 of the 2016 regular season. Right guard A.J. Cann sustained a finger injury and was replaced by offensive lineman Tyler Shatley for a brief period before returning to the game.The Jaguars play away from EverBank Field for the third consecutive game Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers at Heinz Field.

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