Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Jaguars' Top RB Finding His Groove

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Jaguars' Top RB Finding His Groove

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Maurice Jones-Drew looked a little more like his old self in the first half of the Jaguars' 31-24 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

By halftime, Jones-Drew had 77 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It was his first game of the season with multiple rushing touchdowns. The last time he did it was against Tennessee last year when Jones-Drew had rushing touchdowns of 79 yards and 80 yards.

"He's representing how we play football," guard Uche Nwaneri said. "We're still angling to get him 150 on the ground, so we'll have another chance at that this week."

Jones-Drew finished Sunday's game with 100 yards on 24 attempts. The Texans' run defense stiffened after halftime.

"It definitely tightened up in the second half," Jones-Drew said. "We tried some different things. They started firing through the gaps in our running game. They made great second-half adjustments, but we just kept fighting and sticking with it and it opened up the pass game a bunch."

It was Jones-Drew's second consecutive 100-yard game, only the second time in his career he's had back-to-back 100-yard games.

Jones-Drew's touchdowns were the 60th and 61st of his career, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach 60.


Quarterback David Garrard continued his streak of staggeringly impressive statistics in the Jaguars' wins. Garrard had a passer rating of 134.1 with 342 yards and two touchdowns. His rating in the Jaguars' five victories is 143.0.

Garrard completed his final 14 pass attempts, including the Hail Mary to Mike Thomas.

His 52-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller was the longest completion of the season for the Jaguars and the fourth-longest touchdown pass of Garrard's career.

"Playing with confidence from the Dallas game, moving forward from that, just allowed me to go out and trust my guys, trust my O-line and make some plays," Garrard said.

Garrard took a hit to his clavicle when he was sacked early in the game, but said he had X-rays that showed no damage. …

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