Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones-Drew Carries the Load; Enjoys Another Big Day against Colts; Third-Quarter TD Shifts Momentum

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones-Drew Carries the Load; Enjoys Another Big Day against Colts; Third-Quarter TD Shifts Momentum

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Byline: Vito Stellino

INDIANAPOLIS | Running back Maurice Jones-Drew drove the train for the Jaguars on Sunday.

Just a few weeks after owner Shad Khan said that Jones-Drew should get on the train and end his holdout, he was the catalyst for Khan's first regular-season victory as an owner, 22-17 over the Colts.

"This was a big victory,'' Jones-Drew said. "We felt like we played great in Week 1 [against Minnesota], and it kind of got out of our hands. Obviously, Week 2 [against Houston], we shot ourselves in the foot.''

This time, they got the first win of the Khan era as Jones-Drew ran 28 times for 177 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown burst on the Jaguars' first offensive play of the second half.

That got the Jaguars back into the game after they trailed 14-3 at halftime.

And he kept reaching milestones after that.

Despite a holdout that didn't end until a week before the season started, Jones-Drew is off to the best start of his career with 314 yards in three games.

His 177-yard effort equaled for second-most yards in his career and sixth-most in franchise history. His 59-yard scoring run was his longest since 2009, when he had an 80-yarder against Tennessee.

He's also the fourth active player to pass the 7,000-yard rushing mark. He has 7,168 yards in 96 games.

And he continues to own the Colts with 1,389 yards on 258 carries, an average over 100 yards per game against them.

"Oh, big momentum,'' coach Mike Mularkey said of Jones-Drew's touchdown run to start the third quarter. "Big, especially when you talked about it just minutes earlier. Literally they left the locker room and boom, it happens.''

Mularkey had a message for the Jaguars at halftime when they were trailing 14-3 and had to kick off to start the half.

"We talked about coming out and doing something defensively, and we did. …

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