Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor Adds Another Milestone; the Running Back Becomes the Jaguars' Career Leader in All-Purpose Yards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor Adds Another Milestone; the Running Back Becomes the Jaguars' Career Leader in All-Purpose Yards

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Byline: FRANCINE KING

The Jaguars wasted no time putting those who update the team record book to work in the 49-11 rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

On Jacksonville's first play from scrimmage, Fred Taylor went through the middle of the line and ran 62 yards to the end zone. The play gave Taylor the franchise record for career all-purpose yards, moving him past Jimmy Smith (12,875).

"Jimmy's a good friend of mine, and I'm sure he doesn't mind me passing him," said Taylor, who now has 12,978 all-purpose yards. "I work pretty hard, and I think everything at this point, I really think because of my hard work, I deserve it.

"I don't read into it a whole lot. I've got a lot more years of football ahead of me. I don't plan on stopping right there."

The touchdown run, which tied Taylor with Smith for most career touchdowns (69) in team history, also edged Taylor up in the NFL record book. He moved ahead of Ricky Watters (10,643) into 17th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Taylor, who finished Sunday's game with seven carries for 111 yards, now has 10,715 career rushing yards.

"I'm going to keep on creeping [up the list]," Taylor said.

But the 10th-year running back wasn't the only Jaguar ensuring the record-keepers had a busy Sunday. As a team, the Jaguars set a franchise record for most points in a regular-season game, passing the previous high of 48 points against Cleveland in 2000. Jacksonville also set a team record with seven touchdowns in a game.

One of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Reggie Williams on a 9-yard pass from backup quarterback Quinn Gray early in the fourth quarter. The score gave Williams nine TD catches on the season and set a team record for single-season TD receptions, moving Williams ahead of Smith, who had eight TD catches in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

"It's good in a bad way ... because Jimmy has been everything for me since I came in the league," Williams said. …

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