Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clearing a Hurdle Jags Finally Get Win in Pittsburgh

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clearing a Hurdle Jags Finally Get Win in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH --- As he slowly trudged off the Three Rivers Stadium field yesterday, Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli summed up the feeling of his team with one simple sentence.

"Yeah, it was ugly, but at least we did something we'd never done here before --- we won here," Boselli said.

The Jaguars ended the Three Rivers jinx yesterday, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-3 in front of a crowd of 57,308, winning for the first time after losing here each of the first four seasons.

"That monkey is definitely off," tackle Leon Searcy said. "At one time, I thought it was ingrown, that it would never come off. It's bad when year in and year out you lose to a team. It's entrenched in your head. It's like they have a little leprechaun sitting on top of Three Rivers."

The Jaguars (3-1) won in Steeler-like fashion: With lots of defense, and a sprinkle of offense on top. The Jacksonville offense continued its struggles --- scoring just one touchdown to give it six on the season --- but it was the defense that shut down the Steelers.

Pittsburgh, behind struggling quarterback Kordell Stewart, was able to manage 216 yards of offense and register 14 first downs.

As bad as that was, it was better than what the Jaguars offense could claim. The Jaguars were held to 204 yards of total offense and just 13 first downs.

"Everybody should be heavily critiqued," Searcy said. "Everybody is a victim. We're so much better."

The 204 total yards was the fifth-lowest in team history. It was the lowest with Mark Brunell starting at quarterback since Sept. 28, 1997, when the Jaguars were held to 204 yards in a 24-12 loss to the Washington Redskins. Brunell's 85 yards passing were his lowest as a starter, as he completed 10-of-25 passes with one touchdown and one interception.

"It's not going as smoothly as we like, but we'll fight our way through it," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. …

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