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Jaguars vs Cowboys game notes

With the win, the Jaguars…

  • Head coach Jack Del Rio improved to 61-59 in the regular season since taking over the helm in 2003.
  • Improved to 3-2 all-time against Dallas including two straight wins and are 9-8 against teams from the NFC East. 
  • Improved to 18-12 against the NFC under Del Rio.
  • Are 11-5 in the game before the open date in 16 seasons including 6-2 under Del Rio with six consecutive wins.

Offense hits on all cylinders

David Garrard led a Jaguars offense that amassed a season-high 387 total yards and scored five touchdowns (most in eight games). The Jaguars produced 149 yards on the ground on 34 carries, the fourth time this season the club posted 100-plus yards and 30-plus rushes.  Since 2003, the Jaguars own a 61-15 record with 30 or more rushing attempts including wins in 11 of the last 12 games.

Lewis scores two touchdowns, again

Tight end Marcedes Lewis continued his scoring ways on Sunday with two touchdowns for the third time this season as he scored on his only two receptions.  Lewis, who leads the team with a career-high seven touchdowns, hooked up with David Garrard from 42 yards in the second quarter and again from nine yards in the third quarter.  Lewis' seven receiving touchdowns are the most in franchise history after the first eight games.

The 42-yard reception was the longest touchdown reception of Lewis' career and the longest pass play by the Jaguars through eight games. Lewis established a franchise-record for a tight end with his 13th and 14th career receiving touchdowns, surpassing former tight end Kyle Brady (13). Lewis is the only player on the club to have multiple receptions in all eight games.

Garrard has career day in win

A week after sitting out with a concussion, quarterback David Garrard threw for a career-high four touchdowns, tying a franchise-record, as he finished 17 of 21 passing for 260 yards for a career-best 157.8 rating.  Garrard had two touchdown passes to Marcedes Lewis (42 and 9 yards) and also hooked up with Mike Sims-Walker (10 yards) and Mike Thomas (15 yards). 

Garrard's 80.9 completion percentage was the second-highest of his career (82.8 pct., 12/2/07 at Indianapolis). He joined Mark Brunell (11/29/98 at Cincinnati) and Quinn Gray (12/30/07 at Houston) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for four touchdowns in a game.

Touchdowns in bunches for Garrard

David Garrard has three-plus touchdowns in three different games this season for the first time in his career.  Sunday was Garrard's 23rd career game with multiple touchdown passes and the Jaguars are 17-6 in those games.  He has multiple touchdown passes in four of seven games played this season.

On the money

David Garrard completed his first 12 passing attempts and didn't have his first incompletion until early in the third quarter. Garrard was 10 of 10 for 126 yards with two touchdowns for a perfect 158.3 rating in the first half.

Additional notes on Garrard:

· The touchdown pass to Sims-Walker was Garrard's first touchdown pass in the first quarter in his last 23 starts.

· Improved to 35-34 overall as a starter, 9-5 in October, 13-17 on the road and 10-6 against the NFC.

· Through eight games, he has thrown 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 98.8 passer rating.  He finished the last two seasons with 15 touchdowns.

· Posted his 27th career game with a 100-plus rating and 25th as a starter.  The Jaguars are 20-5 in those starts. 

· Has thrown for 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 18 career games played in October.

· Has 12 touchdown passes and only one interception in the Jaguars four wins this season (66 of 84 for 771 yards.

· Scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter for his 14th career rushing touchdown, tying Mark Brunell for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.  The 14 rushing touchdowns are tied for the 10th-most in franchise history.

Derek Cox records career-high two interceptions

Cornerback Derek Cox led the Jaguars defense with a career-high two interceptions and became the first Jaguar since 2006 (Rashean Mathis, 11/5/06 vs. Tennessee) to have two interceptions in a game. Cox, who has six career interceptions, led the club as a rookie with four.

Defense registers franchise-record four interceptions; records two sacks

The Jaguars defense set a franchise-record on Sunday with four interceptions including two by second-year cornerback Derek Cox.  Cornerback Rashean Mathis and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton also had picks.  Mathis holds the franchise record with 29 career interceptions and recorded his first pick since Nov. 15, 2009 at the New York Jets.

Knighton caught a ball that deflected off the hands of Cowboys running back Felix Jones in the first quarter for his first career interception. It marked Knighton's first career takeaway and was only the third interception by a Jaguars defensive lineman since 2003 (Quentin Groves (11/15/09 at New York Jets; Derrick Harvey, 9/7/08 at Tennessee).

The Jaguars increased their season total to 14 sacks after registering two on Sunday by two rookies in Tyson Alualu and Larry Hart.  The 14 sacks through eight games equals the Jaguars season total from 2009. Alualu has 2.5 sacks in eight games and added two tackles for loss and one quarterback hit against the Cowboys.   Hart's sack was the first of his career. 

Sims-Walker explodes for career-high 153 receiving yards

Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker produced a career-high 153 receiving yards on eight receptions along with a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It marked the most receiving yards by a Jaguars receiver since Keenan McCardell had 156 on Nov. 12, 2000 vs. Seattle.  Sims-Walker had 88 of the yards on three receptions in the third quarter.

Sims-Walker, who has six career 100-yard receiving games, has the Jaguars' only two 100-yard receiving games this season.  He had a 39-yard reception in the third quarter, the third-longest of his career.  He has 11 career touchdowns in 32 games.

Jones-Drew leads the rushing attack

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for a season-high 135 yards on 27 carries against the Cowboys and added two receptions for 13 yards.  Jones-Drew had two rushes of 20-plus yards including a season-long 24-yard scamper and added six carries of nine-plus yards.  The 135 yards were the third-most of his career while the 27 rushes tied for the third-most of his career.

It was Jones-Drew's 14th career 100-yard rushing game, the second-most in team history, and the Jaguars improved to 10-4 in those games.  It marked his second career 100-yard rushing game against a NFC opponent.

Jones-Drew moves up in record books

With 148 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, Maurice Jones-Drew moved into third place in franchise history for career yards from scrimmage with 6,504, surpassing Keenan McCardell (6,393).

Additional notes on Jones-Drew:

  • Rushed for 645 yards on 162 carries through eight games, third-most in team history.  He has the most in team history with 737 rushing yards in 2009.  His 162 carries are the most in team history in the first eight games. He had 17 rushes of 10-plus yards in the first half of the season, tied for the second-most in team history (19, Fred Taylor, 2006; 17, Fred Taylor, 2005).
  • Has 181 touches (162 rushes, 19 receiving) through eight games, the most of his career through eight games and third-most in team history.
  • Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 60 games, the third-longest streak in team history.
  • Had 20-plus carries for the 17th time in his career, the fourth time this season, and the Jaguars are 11-6 in those games.
  • Produced 100-plus yards from scrimmage in his fourth game this season.

Taking the first half lead

The Jaguars went into the lockerroom at halftime with a lead for the first time this season, leading the Cowboys 14-3.  The Jaguars are 38-7 when leading at halftime since 2003 and improved to 46-8 when leading after three quarters during that span.

Getting the early score

The Jaguars scored on their opening possession for only the second time this season (vs. Indianapolis). The Jaguars improved to 32-8 under head coach Jack Del Rio when scoring on its first offensive possession.

20-plus points equals success

The Jaguars surpassed the 30-point mark for the third time this season and second time in the last three road games.  The Jaguars are averaging 31.5 points in their four wins this season. 

The Jaguars are 51-15 under Jack Del Rio when they score 20-plus points and have won 18 of the last 23 games when hitting the 20-point mark. 


· Linebacker Daryl Smith played in his 100th career game as a Jaguar, the 17th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

· Jordan Black started at right tackle for the Jaguars after Eben Britton suffered a season-ending injury last Sunday at Kansas City.  It was Black's first start at tackle since 1/6/07 at Indianapolis in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

· Austen Lane made his first career start at DE and had a tackle for loss.

· Linebacker Justin Durant was credited with a team-high 12 tackles

· Vince Manuwai started at LG for the third consecutive game.

· The Jaguars have recorded three or more interceptions in six games since 2003 and own a 5-1 mark in those games. Sunday was the 17th game in franchise history with three or more interceptions.

· The Jaguars 41-7 since 2003 when they score 20-plus points and control the ball for 30 minutes or more including wins in 11 of the last 12 games.  The Jaguars scored 35 points on Sunday and had the ball for 32:35. The Jaguars have won nine of the last 12 games when they have a time of possession of 30 minutes or more.

· The Jaguars finished with a plus-three turnover differential and improved to 44-10 since 2003 when winning the turnover margin.

· The Cowboys concluded their opening drive with a 34-yard field goal by David Buehler.  Opponents have scored first in seven straight games against the Jaguars.

· The Cowboys had 50 yards on 22 carries, the fewest rushing yards the Jaguars have allowed through eight games.

· The Jaguars have thrown for 15 touchdowns in the first eight games, the most in franchise history.

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