WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...
Won their fourth consecutive game for the first time since 2005 (11/6 vs. Houston, 11/13 vs. Baltimore, 11/20 at Tennessee, 11/27 at Arizona, 12/4 at Cleveland) and only the sixth time in franchise history. * Improved to 14-5 at home since 2005. *
Improved to 33-20 since 2004, the seventh-best mark in the NFL. * Head coach Jack Del Rio improved to 38-31 since taking over the helm in 2003. *
SECOND-BEST START IN TEAM HISTORY:
The Jaguars improved their record to 4-1 in 2007, their best record after the first five games under head coach Jack Del Rio, and tied for the second-best mark in team history. It marks the fourth time in team history the club has at least four wins in their first five games. The best start in franchise history was 5-0 in 1998.
The Jaguars did not record a punt for only the second game in team history (10/20/96 at St. Louis).
TAYLOR REACHES 12,000 CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE:
Fred Taylor rushed for 76 yards on his first carry from scrimmage, tied for the second-longest rush of his career in the regular season. Taylor surpassed 12,000 career yards from scrimmage with the run and joined Jimmy Smith (12,285) as the only two Jaguars to surpass that mark.
YARDS, YARDS AND MORE YARDS:
The Jaguars finished with 457 total yards (244 rushing, 213 passing), the most since 12/10/00 vs. Arizona (469).
RUNNING WILD; FINISH WITH TEAM-RECORD 9.4 AVG.:
The Jaguars rushed for 244 yards on 26 carries for a 9.4 average per carry, the highest average in team history in a game. The 244 rushing yards are tied for the second-most in team history (375, 12/10/06 vs. Indianapolis; 244, 12/3/00 vs. Cleveland). The Jaguars rushed for 150-plus yards in their third consecutive game. The Jaguars have rushed for 100-plus yards in 16 of the last 17 games and 150-plus rushing yards in 11 of the last 17 games. Through five games, the Jaguars have rushed for 774 yards, the second-most in team history after five games (793, 1998).
JONES-DREW TOPS 100-YARD MARK; RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 184 YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE:
Maurice Jones-Drew totaled 125 yards on 12 carries and four receptions for 59 yards, the third-most rushing yards of his career. Jones-Drew recorded his fourth career 100-yard rushing game, the third-most in team history. Fred Taylor (42) and James Stewart (6) are the only other Jaguars with four-plus 100-yard rushing games. Jones-Drew finished with a career-high 184 yards from scrimmage.
Maurice Jones-Drew scored two touchdowns for the fourth time in his career including a 57-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the second-longest run of his career (74t, 12/24/06 vs. New England). He has scored a touchdown in 10 of the last 13 games and has 19 touchdowns in the last 19 games. He has scored a touchdown in all three games against Houston.
GARRARD POSTS 4TH STRAIGHT 100-PLUS RATING; THROWS TD PASS IN 8TH CONSECUTIVE GAME:
David Garrard became the first quarterback in franchise history to have four consecutive starts with a 100-plus rating as he finished with a 102.7 rating. Garrard joins New England's Tom Brady as the only two NFL quarterbacks to have four consecutive games with a 100-plus rating in 2007. Garrard hit TE George Wrighster on a one-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Garrard has thrown a touchdown pass in eight consecutive games and 10 of the last 11 games. The eight consecutive games with a touchdown pass ranks tied for third in team history. The touchdown pass was Wrighster's first of the season and ninth of his career.
GARRARD IMPROVES TO 14-9 AS A STARTER:
Quarterback David Garrard improved to 14-9 overall as a starter, 8-5 at home and 5-6 in AFC South play.
NOT ON OUR DEFENSE:
The Jaguars have allowed only 58 points through five games, the second-fewest in team history (52, 1999). The Jaguars held the Texans to 61 rushing yards and only one touchdown. Opponents have rushed for 100-plus yards against the Jaguars in only 14 of the last 37 games. In addition, opponents have scored two-plus touchdowns in only nine of the last 38 games. The defense has allowed 20-plus points in only two of the last 16 home games.
The Jaguars recorded two sacks, increasing their season total to 15. The Jaguars have recorded 28 sacks in the last 10 games. The Jaguars have recorded at least one sack in 33 of the last 35 regular season games and at least two sacks in 27 of the last 35 games.
SMITH RECORDS THIRD-LONGEST FUMBLE RETURN IN TEAM HISTORY:
LB Daryl Smith had a 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the third-longest fumble return in team history (90t, Aaron Beasley, 11/8/98 vs. Cincinnati; 83t, Donovin Darius, 11/1/98 at Baltimore) and longest since 1998. It was the club's first defensive touchdown in 2007.
20-PLUS POINTS EQUALS SUCCESS:
The Jaguars scored a season-high 37 points today and are 28-8 under head coach Jack Del Rio when the club scores 20-plus points.
DE Paul Spicer increased his career sacks total to 20.5 and leads the club with 3.0 sacks in 2007 ... CB Terry Cousin recorded his first sack of the season and now has 6.5 career sacks. The Jaguars have recorded at least one sack in 33 of the last 35 regular season games ... The Jaguars defense allowed a 20-yard Kris Brown field goal on the Texans first possession, the first points allowed by the Jaguars on the opponents first possession ... Opponents have scored only six points against the Jaguars in the first quarter through five games ... The Jaguars own a 23-5 mark when they lead at halftime and 29-6 mark when leading after the third quarter ... LS Joe Zelenka extended his team-record today by playing in his 101st consecutive game ... TE Marcedes Lewis surpassed his rookie total in receptions as he has 14 after five games.
MATHIS STARTS IN 69TH CONSECUTIVE GAME:
Cornerback Rashean Mathis moved into second place in team history with his 69th consecutive start today, the longest current streak of starts.