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Offense, defense, special teams score TDs

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All three units for the Jaguars contributed to the win today as the club had touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.  It marked only the second time in franchise history the Jaguars have scored on offense, defense and special teams (Nov. 1, 1998 at Baltimore).  In both games, the scores came in the second quarter.   

Jaguars force seven Buccanees turnovers

The Jaguars had a franchise-record seven takeaways (4 fumbles, 3 interceptions) which resulted in three touchdowns.  Ashton Youboty, Paul Posluszny and Kevin Rutland had interceptions while Morgan Trent, Colin Cloherty, Nate Collins and Jeremy Mincey recovered fumbles.  The Jaguars have recorded 18 games in franchise history with three or more interceptions.  The last time the Jaguars had three interceptions was Oct. 31, 2010 at Dallas (four). 

The Jaguars held the Buccaneers to 280 yards, well below their average of 335.6. It marked the eighth time in 13 games the defense has held an opponent under 300 yards. The Jaguars combined for three sacks and have at least three sacks in five of 13 games and at least two sacks in nine of 13 games.  The Buccaneers scored their only points on two of the first three possessions. * *

Scoring barrage in second quarter

The Jaguars tied a franchise-record with 28 points in the second quarter, equaling their total from Nov. 1, 1998 at Baltimore.  The Jaguars scored two offensive touchdowns, one on special teams and one on defense.  The 28 points tied for the second-most in team history in the first half (42, Nov. 1, 1998 at Baltimore). 

Season-high in yards and points for offense

The Jaguars offense finished with a season-high 325 total yards (209 passing, 116 rushing) and 41 points on Sunday. The Jaguars 41 points were the most since Dec. 23, 2007 vs. Oakland (49 points) while the six touchdowns tied for the second-most in team history (7 TDs, Dec. 23, 2007 vs. Oakland; 6 TDs, Nov. 1, 1998 at Baltimore; 6 TDs, Dec. 3, 2000 vs. Cleveland).   The Jaguars had not eclipsed 20 points in the first 12 games.  Three of the club's four highest offensive outputs for yards have come in the last four games.   

Jones-Drew sets franchise record for touchdowns; single-game career-high four scores

Maurice Jones-Drew set a franchise record and established a single-game career-high with four touchdowns (2 receiving, 2 rushing) to increase his career total to 73 (61 rushing, 10 receiving, 2 returns). Jones-Drew surpassed Fred Taylor (70, 140 games) on a five-yard reception in the second quarter. He is only the fifth active player to hold a franchise record for overall touchdowns (Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona; Steve Smith, Carolina; Andre Johnson, Houston; LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego). 

Jones-Drew has 61 career rushing touchdowns, one shy of tying Taylor (62) for the franchise record.  He has 10 touchdowns (7 rushing, 3 receiving) in 13 games this season and at least 10 scores in five of six seasons. 

Sunday was Jones-Drew's 15th career game with two or more touchdowns and his first since Nov. 14, 2010 vs. Houston.  He has five career games with three touchdowns with his last on Oct. 18, 2009 vs. St. Louis.  The Jaguars are 11-4 when he has multiple touchdowns. 

Jaguars Most Career Touchdowns

*RK   PLAYER, YEARS                           TDS           GAMES         *

1.     Maurice Jones-Drew (2006-11)       73                 90  

2.     Fred Taylor (1998-2008)                    70               140

3.     Jimmy Smith (1995-2005)                 69               171

Four touchdowns rank second-most in team history

Maurice Jones-Drew had a career-high four touchdowns on Sunday, tied for the second-most in team history. James Stewart holds the franchise record with five on Oct. 12, 1997 vs. Philadelphia and Fred Taylor had four touchdowns on Nov. 19, 2000 at Pittsburgh.

Jones-Drew reaches 11,000 career all-purpose yards

Maurice Jones-Drew eclipsed 11,000 career all-purpose yards in his 90th career game with 11,100.  Jones-Drew joined Fred Taylor (13,632) and Jimmy Smith (12,875) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat. 

Jaguars Most Career All-Purpose Yards

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RK  PLAYER, YEARS                            YARDS     GAMES

1.     Fred Taylor, 1998-2008                     13,632         140

2.     Jimmy Smith, 1995-2005                  12,875         171

3.     Maurice Jones-Drew, 2006-11        11,100           90

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Career-high two receiving touchdowns

Maurice Jones-Drew had a career-high two receiving touchdowns against the Buccaneers.  Jones-Drew surpassed Fred Taylor (8) for the most receiving touchdowns by a running back in franchise history with 10.  He has all three of his receiving touchdowns in 2011 in the last two games.  He has 35 receptions for 348 yards in 13 games, surpassing his total from 2010.

All-around back

Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 136 yards from scrimmage (85 rushing, 51 receiving) and four touchdowns.  The 136 yards accounted for 41.8 percent of the Jaguars offense (136 of 325 yards).  He has at least 136 yards from scrimmage in four of the last five games and has accounted for at least 40 percent of the Jaguars offense in seven of the last eight games. He has at least 84 rushing yards in 12 of the first 13 games. 

Gabbert throws for two touchdowns in second consecutive game

Blaine Gabbert finished 19 of 33 passing for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 72.4 passer rating.  It marked Gabbert's second straight game with two touchdown passes and he has at least one in eight of his first 11 starts.  The 217 yards were the second-most of his career (221, vs. Cincinnati).  He hooked up with Marcedes Lewis for a 62-yard completion in the second-quarter, the second-longest of his career (74t, Cincinnati). 

Owens forces two fumbles on punt return coverage; one leads to touchdown

2010 Pro Bowl special teamer Montell Owens forced two fumbles on punt returns today.  Owens forced a fumble on a Preston Parker punt return in the first quarter that was recovered by Morgan Trent.  In the second quarter, Owens stripped Parker and the ball was recovered by first-year tight end Colin Cloherty for a touchdown.  Owens entered the game with one career forced fumble (9/23/07 at Denver). 

Cloherty, who has played in four career games, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Nov. 14 and promoted to the active roster on Dec. 9 when Aaron Kampman was placed on injured reserve.  Cloherty has also spent time with Indianapolis, Cleveland and San Francisco.  He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Colts in 2009 and had one reception in week 17 at Buffalo.  He was signed by the 49ers to the practice squad on Oct. 3, 2010 and was activated to the 53-man roster for the final two games.  A native of Bethesda, Maryland, he was a three-year letterman at Brown where he finished with 99 career receptions for 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Lewis and Gabbert connect on 62-yard pass and catch

Tight end Marcedes Lewis had a career-long 62-yard reception in the second quarter from Blaine Gabbert.  Lewis' previous long was a 47-yard catch on Dec. 6, 2009.  The 62-yard pass from Gabbert was the second-longest of his career as he had a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jason Hill in week five.  Lewis finished with a career-high 77 receiving yards on two receptions (38.5 avg.).  He has 22 career receptions of 25-plus yards, tied with Ernest Wilford for the third-most in team history. 

Greg Jones plays in 100th career game

Jaguars fullback Greg Jones played in his 100th career game on Sunday.  Jones became the 19th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat and only the fourth player on the current roster (Brad Meester, Daryl Smith, Josh Scobee).

Prosinski earns first career start

2011 fourth-round pick Chris Prosinski made his first career start on Sunday as Dwight Lowery was inactive with a shoulder injury.  Prosinski, who played at Wyoming, has played in all 13 games and leads the team with nine special teams tackles. 

Sixth career sack for Alualu

Second-year defensive tackle Tyson Alualu sacked Josh Freeman for a two-yard loss in the second quarter.  Alualu has six career sacks including 2.5 through 13 games.   

Smith forces fumble which leads to score

Linebacker Daryl Smith sacked Josh Freeman and forced a fumble late in the first half and defensive tackle Nate Collins recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.  It was Smith's ninth career forced fumble, the second-most in team history (Tony Brackens, 28).  He tied Rob Meier for ninth in team history with 21.5 sacks with 3.5 in the first 13 games this season.   

Collins becomes only second defensive lineman with a touchdown

Second-year defensive tackle Nate Collins recovered a Josh Freeman fumble in the end zone in the second quarter for his career touchdown.  Collins became only the second defensive lineman in team history to score a touchdown during the regular season, joining Tony Brackens who had a 16-yard interception return for a score at Baltimore on November 28, 1999.

Tidbits

  • Kassim Osgood had his first receptions of the season, finishing with three catches for 23 yards.   
  • Paul Posluszny intercepted Josh Freeman in the third quarter for his second pick of the season.  Posluszny has six career interceptions. 
  • Jarett Dillard had a career-high five receptions for 45 yards. 
  • The Jaguars eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the 11th time in 13 games and outrushed their opponent for the eighth time in 13 games.
  • The Jaguars scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions twice. 
  • The Jaguars had a plus-five turnover differential (7 takeaways, 2 giveaways) and have been even or won the turnover differential in seven of the last eight games.
  • CB Ashton Youboty recorded his second career interception.  His only other career interception came on Dec. 30, 2007 at Philadelphia as a member of the Buffalo Bills. 
  • Josh Scobee, who did not attempt a field goal, recorded touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs. 
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