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Connecting on the big play


  • Improved to 5-4 overall and 2-3 on the road.
  • Won three of their last four games.
  • Marks the fifth time in seven seasons under head coach Jack Del Rio the club is above .500 after nine games.
  • Improved to 6-2 against the Jets with wins in six of the last seven regular season games.
  • Head Coach Jack Del Rio improved to 55-50 since taking over the helm in 2003. Del Rio is 3-1 against the Jets.
  • Own a 6-1 mark in the ninth game of the season under Del Rio.

### Offense continues to shine The Jaguars have 14 plays of 30-plus yards including two on Sunday by Maurice Jones-Drew (33-yard rush) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (33-yard reception). They have recorded at least two plays of 30-plus yards in each of the last four games.

Leading to success

The Jaguars are undefeated this season when scoring 20-plus points and having a 30-plus time of possession. The Jaguars controlled the ball for 31:07. The Jaguars have won 13 of the last 16 games when they score 20-plus points and are 46-13 since 2003 under Jack Del Rio.

### Jones-Drew gets things started Maurice Jones-Drew wasted little time making an impact on the game, recording 55 yards on five carries on the club's opening drive and capped off the drive with a 33-yard touchdown run. Jones-Drew was the only player to touch the ball on the Jaguars scoring drive. In the first quarter, Jones-Drew had three rushes of 10-plus yards and a reception for 19 yards.

Touchdowns keep piling up for Jones-Drew

  • Has a touchdown in four straight games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in team history. It marked his third career streak of four or more straight games with a score. * Has seven touchdowns in the last four games and at least one touchdown in seven of nine games this season. * Ranks tied for fourth in team history with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2009. * The 33-yard touchdown run was his fourth scoring play of 30-plus yards through nine games and 10th career touchdown run of 20-plus yards.

Thriving in full-time role

Maurice Jones-Drew is in his first season as the starter and he is producing in the role. Jones-Drew finished with 123 rushing yards on 24 carries with one touchdown along with two receptions for 22 yards for 145 yards from scrimmage. Jones-Drew has 11 career 100-yard rushing games, four this season. He leads the team with 169 rushes for 860 yards, the second-most of his career (941, 2006). Additional notes include:

  • Has 100-plus rushing yards in three of the last four games. He joins Fred Taylor as the only players in franchise history to have four or more 100-yard rushing games in a season. * Has a reception in 44 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in team history. He had a season-long 19-yard reception in the first quarter. * His 169 rushes are the second-most (197, 2008) of his career. * Became third player in franchise history with 7,000-plus all-purpose yards, joining Fred Taylor (13,632) and Jimmy Smith (12,785). * Became fourth player in franchise history to reach 5,000-plus yards from scrimmage, joining Taylor (13,632), Smith (12,285) and Keenan McCardell (6,393). * Has 145-plus yards from scrimmage in four of nine games.

20-plus carries in back-to-back games

Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 24 carries, his 10th career game with 20-plus carries. It marked only the second time in his career with back-to-back games of 20 carries or more (last two games of 2008). He has 90-plus rushing yards in eight of his 10 career games with 20-plus carries.

### Garrard leads team on game-winning drive Quarterback David Garrard finished 16 of 26 passing for 221 yards with one touchdown and directed his second game-winning drive of the season (Oct. 18, vs. St. Louis). Garrard led the club on a 12-play, 79-yard drive to set up a 21-yard field goal by Josh Scobee for the win. Garrard was four of six on the final drive for 68 yards including a 33-yard pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis.

Connecting on the 'big play'

David Garrard has 20 completions of 25-plus yards through nine games, tied for the most of his career in a season (2008). He hooked up with Marcedes Lewis for 33 and 25 yards completions and Mike Sims-Walker for a 26 yard touchdown on Sunday.

### Garrard starting to heat up; 2nd straight 100-plus passer rating game David Garrard finished with a 101.6 passer rating, his third 100-plus passer rating this season and second in as many games. It marks the first time since 2007 he has posted back-to-back games with a 100-plus rating. It was his 22nd career game with a 100-plus passer rating, his 20th as a starter. The Jaguars are 15-5 in those starts. Additional notes:

  • Started his 25th consecutive game, the second-longest streak by a Jaguars quarterback in team history (Mark Brunell, 27 games from 1997-98).
  • Improved to 29-26 overall as a starter, 12-13 on the road, 20-22 against the AFC and 1-0 against the Jets.
  • Has thrown an interception in only three of nine games this season.

### Running the rock David Garrard has a career-high nine rushes of 10-plus yards through nine games. He surpassed his career-high with an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He ranks second on the team in rushing with 202 yards on 44 attempts with two touchdowns.

Mathis records third interception on first play; forces fumble in second half

Rashean Mathis intercepted Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez on the first play from scrimmage and returned it 29 yards to set up the Jaguars first score. Mathis has a team-high three interceptions this season and 28 for his career. Mathis forced a fumble on Braylon Edwards in the third quarter that was recovered by the Jaguars Clint Ingram.

### Mike Sims-Walker Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker scored his fifth touchdown of the season in the second quarter with a 26-yard touchdown reception. It was Sims-Walker's seventh reception of 25-plus yards in 2009, the most by a Jaguars receiver since 2005. He leads the Jaguars with a career-high 39 receptions for 603 yards and five touchdowns.

When it doubt, go to rookies

The Jaguars picked up a crucial road win and several of the club's rookies made an impact in the final outcome. Eleven of the club's 13 rookies were active with four in the starting lineup. Here's a look at several of the highlights from the rookie class on Sunday

  • Wide receiver Mike Thomas had a team-high four receptions for 46 yards. * Cornerback William Middleton was credited with a team-high two special teams tackles. * Wide receiver Jarett Dillard extended a drive early in the second quarter with a seven-yard reception on a third-and-five. * Faced with a third-and-nine from their own 15-yard line, Garrard found down the middle for a 20-yard completion. Four plays later, Thomas converted a fourth down with a seven-yard run after a short pass from Garrard. * Trailing 22-21 with 4:06 remaining in the game, the Jaguars faced a third-and-one on their own 26-yard line. Tight end Zach Miller made his only reception of the game, an 11-yard grab, to extend the drive. Two plays later, Garrard hooked up with Thomas for a 15-yard completion on third down to move the ball into Jets territory.

Lewis makes crucial receptions

Tight end Marcedes Lewis led the team with 58 receiving yards on two receptions. Lewis hauled in an acrobatic 25-yard pass from David Garrard in the second quarter and set up the game-winning field goal by Josh Scobee with a 33-yard reception on the club's final drive. The 33-yard reception tied for the longest of his career. Lewis has 11 career receptions of 25-plus yards, one shy of tying Kyle Brady (12) for the most by a Jaguars tight end.

### Holt extends streak to 162 games Torry Holt finished with two receptions for 24 yards and extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 162 games. Holt, the only Jaguar to have multiple receptions in all nine games, has 904 career receptions for 13,145 yards.

Groves records first career interception

Defensive end Quentin Groves intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in the third quarter, his first career interception. Groves returned it 37 yards to the Jets four-yard line.

### Cat scratches * The Jaguars scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions. * The Jaguars had two interceptions in a game for the second time this season (Oct. 4 vs. Tennessee). * The Jaguars have 30-plus rushing attempts in five of nine games including 32 on Sunday. * Sean Considine made his fourth start of the season at strong safety. Gerald Alexander was inactive with a shoulder injury. Considine was credited with a team-high nine tackles. * Recently acquired safety Anthony Smith saw his first action of the season for the Jaguars. He played in two games for St. Louis this season. * The Jaguars had nine plays of 10-plus yards in the first half. * The Jaguars own a 38-6 record since 2003 when they score 20-plus points and control the ball for 30 minutes or more including nine consecutive wins. * The Jaguars have rushed for 100-plus yards in seven of nine games.

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