Final

Titans 25

(1-5, 1-3 away)

Redskins 22

(2-4, 1-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 15, 2006

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 3 10 9 325
WSH 7 7 0 822

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brunell (WSH) - 180 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Henry (TEN) - 32 CAR, 178 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bennett (TEN) - 3 REC, 60 YDS

Young gets first NFL win, rallies Titans past Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Vince Young took his time making sure his pinstripe suit was on just right. He even asked a member of the Tennessee Titans staff to straighten the turquoise tie with the lavender floral pattern.

The rookie had finally won a game in the NFL, 25-22 over Washington on Sunday, and he wanted to look as good as he felt.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Titans used a strong running game and some timely throws from rookie QB Vince Young (right) to beat the Redskins. Even though Young was sacked four times, he was able to avoid any interceptions. In the first half the Titans kept Young's passes short, allowing him to complete a high percentage and helping maintain ball control. After gaining confidence in his passing Young was able to go deep more often in the second half, completing two passes over 20 yards. But the ground game was the key. The Titans rushed for 120 yards in the second half, keeping the ball away from the Redskins.

"It means a whole lot to me," said the No. 3 overall draft pick. "Just last week, I was real upset. I thought we were better than 0-5."

Young rallied his team from an 11-point first-half deficit, Travis Henry ran for a career-high 178 yards, and Rob Bironas kicked the last of his three field goals with 5:11 remaining.

"I just think it's real important right now that our club understands how this feels, because it's been a long time," said coach Jeff Fisher, whose team was buoyed by last week's 14-13 close call against Indianapolis. "They deserved to win this game."

Perhaps nobody on the Titans (1-5) felt the sting of the losing streak worse than the quarterback who went 30-2 at the University of Texas. On Wednesday, he said he was anxious and miserable, so his teammates on Sunday were more than ready to celebrate the first victory of a rebuilding team's new era.

"This is huge for Vince, man. He's not used to losing," said offensive lineman Jacob Bell, who moved from right tackle to left guard for the second straight week and helped produce 194 yards rushing. "We need to keep this thing rolling."

Elias Says
Vince Young
The Titans overcame a 14-3 deficit in their 25-22 win over the Redskins for Tennessee's first win of the season and Vince Young's first as a starting quarterback. Over the last 10 years, only two other rookie QBs erased a deficit of 10 or more points for their first victory as an NFL starter: Alex Smith in 2005 and Donovan McNabb in 1999.

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Young, making his third start, completed 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, easily his best day as a pro. He played much of the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle after getting hurt on a scramble.

Young connected with seven receivers, and no throw was more clutch than his 23-yard pass to Brandon Jones on a fourth-and-2, keeping a drive alive that led to a touchdown that put the Titans ahead 20-14 in the third quarter.

The Titans are already in the also-ran category for the season, and the Redskins (2-4) are headed that way as well. A team that boldly spoke of Super Bowl aspirations before the season has only one victory in regulation, against woeful Houston, and now must live with the humiliation of being beaten by a winless team with a rookie quarterback.

Coach Joe Gibbs called the loss a "huge, bitter disappointment." Right tackle Jon Jansen acknowledged the booing crowd by saying: "We didn't give them anything to stay behind us."

"Losing to an 0-5 team, that's disappointing," said cornerback Shawn Springs, who made his season debut after missing five games with abdomen and groin injuries. "And everybody says, 'Oh yeah, it's the NFL. Anything can happen.' No, uh-uh. It ain't supposed to be like that. We're supposed to beat that team at home if we want to be the team we want to be."

Travis Henry carried 32 times against a defensive line that started two rookies at tackle because of injuries. His 2-yard dive gave the Titans a six-point lead in the third quarter. Casey Cramer then blocked a punt, and the ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety that made the score 22-14.

The Redskins rallied early in the fourth period with a touchdown set up by a 52-yard pass to Brandon Lloyd -- only the eighth catch of the season for an offseason acquisition who had been a major disappointment. Clinton Portis scored on a 4-yard run, and Mark Brunell hit Santana Moss for the 2-point conversion to tie the score with 10:57 remaining.

The Titans weren't rattled. The winning points came after a short punt by Derrick Frost was returned 14 yards by Adam "Pacman" Jones to the Redskins 43. Five consecutive running plays moved the ball in position for Bironas' 30-yarder.

"The running game, it set the tone," said Henry, who ran for 123 yards last week. "What we did last week against Indy, it was great. But coming into Washington and having a repeat, it's just letting people know we're for real."

The Redskins' final drive ended when Lamont Thompson intercepted Brunell in the final minute.

Brunell had his toenail ripped off early in the second half and was limping badly on the sideline at one point, but he never missed a down. His play suffered, however. He was 11-for-14 in the first half and 5-for-16 in the second. He threw for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Portis carried 14 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns.

Game notes


For the first time in franchise history, the Titans wore navy jerseys and navy pants. "It looked great out there today, huh?" Henry said. "Maybe we need to wear blue-on-blue at home." ... Redskins DTs Cornelius Griffin (hip) and Joe Salave'a (calf) missed the game. Rookies Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery started. ... Redskins CB Carlos Rogers broke his thumb.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
WSH
1st Downs2118
Passing 1st downs
98
Rushing 1st downs
98
1st downs from penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
4-155-12
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays7056
Total Yards344305
Yards per play4.95.4
Total Drives1414
Passing151180
Comp-Att
13-2516-30
Yards per pass
5.46.0
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-100-0
Rushing193125
Rushing Attempts
4226
Yards per rush
4.64.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-52-2
Penalties5-516-46
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:4024:20

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Young13/251616.4103-10
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell16/301806.0110-0

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry321785.6123
Young791.305
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis14584.1215
Moss23316.5035

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett36020.0027
Wade23618.0023
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lloyd15252.0052
Moss55010.0025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENWSH
tenFG9:49Rob Bironas 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yds, 5:16
30
wshTD4:23Clinton Portis, 10 yd run (Nick Novak kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 5:27
37
SECOND QUARTERTENWSH
wshTD15:00Chris Cooley, 24 yd pass from Mark Brunell (Nick Novak kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yds, 3:17
314
tenFG9:41Rob Bironas 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yds, 5:18
614
tenTD2:47Brandon Jones, 3 yd pass from Vince Young (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yds, 4:00
1314
THIRD QUARTERTENWSH
tenTD8:58Travis Henry, 15 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 4:40
2014
FOURTH QUARTERTENWSH
wshTD11:02Clinton Portis, 4 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 56 yds, 1:15
2220
tenFG5:15Rob Bironas 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 30 yds, 3:05
2522