Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T.O. Soars in Another Loss; Owens Often Puts Up Big Numbers but Has Never Won on the First Coast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T.O. Soars in Another Loss; Owens Often Puts Up Big Numbers but Has Never Won on the First Coast

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

Terrell Owens said he "got chills" Sunday walking into the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the site of one of his best career performances in the postseason.

He even made sure he used the same locker he used in 2005, when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles and caught nine passes for 122 yards in a 24-21 loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Owens, now with Buffalo, had another day for his personal record book, catching nine passes for 197 yards and a 98-yard touchdown from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter.

But as is usually the case in Jacksonville for the talented, talkative wide receiver, it wasn't enough, as the Jaguars won 18-15.

Owens has a history of piling up big numbers in a losing effort in Jacksonville. He's 0-4 at the Municipal Stadium, playing for three teams in losses against the Jaguars (with San Francisco in 1999, Dallas in 2006 and the Bills Sunday), and for the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Owens has caught 29 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns in those four games, averaging 16.4 yards per reception. Those statistics got a little fatter with his 98-yard TD down the right sideline in the third quarter, in which he beat second-year cornerback Tyron Brackenridge.

Owens said he was happy to connect with Fitzpatrick on the longest TD pass in Buffalo history (and his longest career reception), but he wouldn't mind trading some stats for a victory on the First Coast.

"Personally, it's all for nothing when you don't win," he said. "I'm glad for the opportunity to make big plays. We came up short."

At the time, Owens' touchdown put the Bills up 15-10, a lead they nursed until the Jaguars scored the winning touchdown with 56 seconds remaining. The deep pass came one play after Brian Witherspoon made an open-field tackle on punt returner Roscoe Parrish at the Buffalo 2-yard line. …

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