With the win, the Jaguars…
- Improved to 3-6 overall, 1-4 on the road and 2-1 in the AFC South in 2011.
- Won two of their last three games.
- Improved to 6-15 all-time against the Colts with wins in two of the last three games. Won for the third time in 11 games in Indianapolis.
- Head coach Jack Del Rio improved to 68-69 in the regular season since taking over the helm in 2003. Del Rio is 6-11 against the Colts.
- Improved to 9-8 in the first game following an open date, 4-5 under Del Rio, and 8-1 in the ninth game of the season under Del Rio.
The Colts managed only 212 total yards with 68 coming on their final drive. The Jaguars have held opponents under 300 yards in six of their first nine games and the Colts were eighth team to be held below their average against the Jaguars (282.8 avg.).
The Colts managed only three points, the fewest allowed by the Jaguars in 2011, and six of their 12 possessions resulted in three-and-outs. In 12 possessions, the Colts gained 10 or more yards only four times and picked up a first down on only five of the 12 possessions. In the last 43 possessions over a span of four games, the Jaguars defense has forced 24 three-and-outs which includes two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Season-high five sacks ignites Jaguars; two interceptions and fumble recovery
The Jaguars defense was relentless on Sunday, finishing with a season-high five sacks along with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Defensive end Jeremy Mincey had a career-high 2.5 sacks while Daryl Smith, Dawan Landry, Paul Posluszny, Nate Collins and John Chick all split a sack. The Jaguars have at least three sacks in four of the last six games and 18 total during that span.
Drew Coleman and Paul Posluszny both had interceptions. It was Posluszny's first interception since December 20, 2009 against New England as a member of the Buffalo Bills. The Jaguars have at least one interception in six of the first nine games and two picks in three different games. Mincey sealed the victory with a sack/forced fumble of Dan Orlovsky in the fourth quarter that was recovered by Tyson Alualu. The Jaguars have at least one fumble recovery in the last three games and four total.
Offense goes through Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 25 carries and added a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Jones-Drew, who had three receptions for 23 yards, finished with 137 of the club's 251 total yards.
Jones-Drew has 22 career 100-yard rushing games and three through nine games this season. The Jaguars are 16-6 when he rushes for 100 yards. His 25 carries marked his 27th career game with 20-plus carries and the Jaguars are 18-9 in those games. He has at least 84 rushing yards in eight of the first nine games and 854 yards with seven games remaining.
Jones-Drew finds the end zone
Maurice Jones-Drew scored his team-high fourth touchdown of the season on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter, his first time this season with scores in back-to-back games. Jones-Drew has 67 career touchdowns (58 rushing, 7 receiving, 2 returns) in 86 games, the third-most in franchise history (Fred Taylor, 70; Jimmy Smith, 69).
Success against the Colts
Maurice Jones-Drew eclipsed 100 rushing yards for third time in the last four games against the Colts and the sixth time overall. He has averaged 94.8 rushing yards against the Colts in 11 career games. His three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his 13th score (9 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 return) against the Colts including at least one in eight of the 11 games. He has scored 31 touchdowns (27 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 return) in 31 career division games including a score in all three division games in 2011.
Jones-Drew reaches 6,000 career rushing yards; 8th active player
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew became the second player in franchise history to reach 6,000 career rushing yards as he accomplished the feat in his 86th career game. Fred Taylor (11,271) reached 6,000 career yards in his 70th career game on his 1,309th career carry. To reach 6,000, Taylor had 40 games with 20-plus carries and six games with 30-plus carries.
To reach 6,000, Jones-Drew needed 1,311 carries with 27 career games with 20-plus carries and three games with 30 or more carries. Jones-Drew became the eighth active player with 6,000 rushing yards, joining Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willis McGahee, Ricky Williams and Thomas Jones.
Gabbert picks up first career road win
Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert improved to 2-5 as a starter and picked up his first road win and first win in division play. Gabbert was 14 of 21 for 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 77.1 rating. He has at least one touchdown pass in six of his first seven starts.
Scobee's streak snapped at 15
Josh Scobee made one of his two field goal attempts, connecting from 44 yards in the first quarter and was wide right from 45 yards in the second quarter. Scobee tied his career-high with 15 consecutive made field goals which he accomplished in 2006 before his first miss. Ten of his 15 field goals in 2011 are from 40-plus yards. All four of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Career-high two interceptions for Drew Coleman in 2011
Cornerback Drew Coleman intercepted Curtis Painter on the third play from scrimmage. Coleman has a career-high two interceptions through nine games and is tied for the team-lead with safety Dwight Lowery.
First career touchdown for Dillard
Wide receiver Jarett Dillard scored his first career touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter. Dillard finished with two receptions for 30 yards. His seven receptions in nine games are the most of his career.
West leads way in passing game
First-year wide receiver Chastin West entered Sunday's game with only one career reception, a 16-yard catch against New Orleans in week four. West, who was signed off Green Bay's practice squad on Sept. 20, led the Jaguars with a career-high three receptions for 39 yards. All three of his catches went for 13 yards.
Continuity in the offensive line
The Jaguars started the same offensive linemen for the third straight game for the first time this season. Eugene Monroe (LT), Will Rackley (LG), Brad Meester (C), Uche Nwaneri (RG) and Guy Whimper (RT) were in the starting lineup.
Rushing attack leads to win
The Jaguars rushed for 141 yards against the Colts on 41 attempts, the second-most rushing yards this season (163 vs. Tennessee), and eclipsed 100 yards on the ground for the seventh time in nine games. The Jaguars have rushed for at least 100 yards in 28 of the last 33 division games including 17 games with 140-plus rushing yards. The Jaguars improved to 67-19 under head coach Jack Del Rio with 30 or more rushing attempts including a 17-5 mark in the last 22 games (3-2 in 2011).
Big day for Mincey
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey was credited with a career-high 2.5 sacks along with three quarterback hits and a forced fumble. Mincey has 11.5 career sacks including a team-high 4.5 sacks through nine games. He started his career-best ninth game on Sunday.
Meester moves closer to franchise record
Center Brad Meester played in his 170th career game on Sunday including his 51st straight start. Meester is expected to tie former wide receiver Jimmy Smith (171 games) next Sunday at Cleveland for the most games played in Jaguars history. Meester already owns the franchise record for most starts with 170.
Knighton misses first game of NFL career
Third-year defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was inactive on Sunday with an ankle injury, snapping a streak of 40 consecutive starts to begin his career. C.J. Mosley started in Knighton's place.
Productive return for John Chick
Defensive end John Chick returned to Indianapolis on Sunday where he spent the entire 2010 season on the Colts practice squad. Chick split a sack with Paul Posluszny in the second quarter. Chick has a sack in three of the last four games.
NFL debut for Lockley
Rookie linebacker Mike Lockley made his NFL debut on Sunday after being activated to the 53-man roster earlier this week. Lockley spent the first nine weeks on the club's practice squad. He was signed as a rookie free agent after four seasons at Florida Atlantic. He was the 10th rookie to see action for the Jaguars through nine games and the 58th different player.
- Rashean Mathis played in his 125th career game, the sixth-most in team history. He is only the second defensive player to accomplish the feat in Jaguars history (Rob Meier, 138 games). He left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.
- The Jaguars have allowed only 10 points in the first half of the last three games.
- The Jaguars improved to 26-10 under head coach Jack Del Rio when recording two or more interceptions.
- The Jaguars and their opponents have punted at least six times in five straight games.
- Two of the Jaguars four possessions in the second half resulted in touchdowns.
- 13 different players have combined for the club's 21 sacks through nine games. Seven different players have interceptions.