Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Considine's Strip Sets Up Hail Mary Touchdown; Defense Struggles in Second Half, Then Forces Fumble in Final Seconds

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Considine's Strip Sets Up Hail Mary Touchdown; Defense Struggles in Second Half, Then Forces Fumble in Final Seconds

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

A defensive play that started with good coverage on the sidelines and ended with a strip and a fumble recovery gave the Jaguars offense the opportunity it needed to win Sunday's game against Houston.

It was the only turnover of the game and one of the few good plays for the Jaguars defense in a second half in which the unit yielded more than double the total yards the Texans managed before halftime (288 to 107), and three times the number of first downs (15 to 5).

However, one play was all it took.

"It was an unbelievable turn of events," safety Sean Considine said. "To cause a fumble and then somehow score ... I don't know how many times you can count on a Hail Mary to work like that, but it's a valuable lesson. As long as you have time on the clock, you can win."

Considine's strip of Houston tight end Joel Dreessen at the end of an eight-yard pass from Matt Schaub on third-and-15 and linebacker Justin Durant's recovery gave the Jaguars possession at their 34-yard line with eight seconds left. Two plays later, David Garrard threw his desperation pass that was batted into the hands of Mike Thomas for the winning touchdown in the Jaguars' 31-24 victory at EverBank Field.

"Sean did a great job of tackling and creating the turnover, and Justin was right there to get it," cornerback Derek Cox said. "It was a huge play."

And it enabled the defense to atone for allowing the Texans to race down the field on 80-yard scoring drives three times in the second half, chewing up the 240 yards on only 19 plays. Schaub completed 8-of-9 passes on those three possessions, for 177 yards. Andre Johnson caught five of those passes for 122 yards.

Dreessen's fumble occurred after Houston had moved to the Jaguars' 40 with 16 seconds left and no timeouts remaining. The goal was to get to the 30 for a Neil Rackers field-goal attempt. …

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