Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GROUNDBREAKING; Electric Day for RBs; Jags Now Control Their Destiny

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GROUNDBREAKING; Electric Day for RBs; Jags Now Control Their Destiny

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

Madden NFL Football junkies know the button strokes required to pull off the moves Fred Taylor flaunted in a 44-17 rout of the Colts at Alltel Stadium.

But for the video game-challenged, let Taylor himself explain.

"I used a little L1 [button to throw a juke move] then the circle [button to spin], a little bit of [the] X [button] for [a speed] burst, then I hit the triangle [button to dive] at the end," Taylor said of his 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

That's just the kind of day it was on Sunday for Jacksonville's running backs, who put up gaudy stats reminiscent of video-game numbers. Taylor and Maurice Drew combined for 297 yards in helping the Jaguars shred Indianapolis for the most rushing yards (375) in six years while tying for the second-best rushing performance since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

The drubbing was the Colts' worst in 77 regular-season games of the Tony Dungy era. The Jaguars (8-5) now have control of the second AFC wild-card spot.

"Those guys ran through us," Dungy said. "It started with play one and it went all the way through the game."

Drew ran for a game-high 166 yards and scored three touchdowns, one on a 93-yard kickoff return, and churned out 303 all-purpose yards. Taylor finished with 131 yards on nine attempts and moved past Earl Campbell to No. 21 on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

Taylor broke a 76-yard run on the Jags' first play from scrimmage. On his 21-yard TD run in the second quarter, Taylor faked out a defender and spun past Matt Giorgano and Marlin Jackson, causing them to collide into each other at the 12-yard line.

"I can't even do that on Madden," Jags offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said, "and I play all the time."

Added defensive tackle Marcus Stroud: "When I look at Fred and Maurice run, the first thing I think about is PlayStation."

Lopsided statistics and highlight-reel runs aside, the Jags trailed 10-7 in the second quarter after Dominique Rhodes' 1-yard run. Yet they could've easily been ahead 17-3.

The Jags used just two plays during the opening drive - a 76-yard run by Taylor and Drew's 18-yard touchdown run -to take a 7-0 lead.

After forcing a three-and-out on Indianapolis' ensuing possession, the Jags drove to the Colts 36. Instead of attempting a 53-yard field goal on fourth down, David Garrard threw an incomplete pass.

Josh Scobee missed a 48-yard field goal with 3:59 left in the first quarter. The Jags missed another scoring opportunity in the quarter by failing to convert Jorge Cordova's blocked punt to points. From the Colts 15, Garrard threw an interception on a pass intended for Marcedes Lewis.

But the missed opportunities weren't enough to derail what would soon turn into a rout. The Jags scored 30 unanswered points to take a 37-17 lead on a Scobee field goal in the third quarter. …

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