Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Henry, Titans Roll Over Jaguars in AFC South Meeting

Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) carries the ball in the fourth quarter Thursday. (Photo: Andrew Nelles / Tennessean.com)

NASHVILLE – The circus came to town on Thursday night in the guise of a NFL team. Resulting in Tennessee’s 30-9 win over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

Derrick Henry broke the Tennessee franchise record for most rushing yards in a game (238) while turning in one of the best individual performances in Nissan Stadium’s history. The Titans running back from Yulee ran for four touchdowns on just 17 carries.

It was demoralizing and embarrassing for the Jaguars, who fell to 4-9. And it just wasn’t the poor tackling, blown opportunities and too many mistakes.

“Obviously, we had a difficult time on first, second and third (downs), and sometimes in the fourth tackling (Henry),” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “He (Henry) had, obviously, a career night.”

Jalen Ramsey did provide a lighter moment.

Late in the game Ramsey looked like Jerry Lewis when he tried to get away with an egregious flop to draw a penalty against the Titans’ Taylor Lewan. It was captured on the national”Thursday Night Football”  broadcast.

Which they are considering renaming “Thursday Night Live.”

Points came for the Jaguars when the Titans’ Cameron Batson misplayed a punt, and then was tackled into the end zone for a safety, making it 7-2.

Jacksonville QB Cody Kessler threw for 240 yards on 25 of 43 passing, including a 7-yard TD pass to Dede Westbrook in the third quarter. Leonard Fournette also ran for 36 yards on 14 carries after returning from his one-game suspension.

Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota threw for 162 yards. The Titans outgained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks. The game had NFL playoff implications for Tennessee, a team still in the playoff hunt.

The Jaguars host the Washington Redskins, a club with troubles of its own, on Sunday, Dec. 16. Look for a Jaguars win – but it won’t erase images of Thursday’s loss in Nashville.

GAME NOTES: Henry scored on runs of three, 16, 54 and 99 yards…The Titans’ Chris Johnson previously held the single-game total with 228 yards in a game against the Jaguars during the 2009 season…..making his second consecutive start at strong safety, rookie Ronnie Harrison recorded the first interception of his career on the Titans’ second offensive drive….Telvin Smith finished with 10 tackles…Titans’ Jonnu Smith suffered a knee injury in the first half…teammate Jack Conklin injured his right knee and will be out a few weeks.

 

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