Texans 17

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Jaguars 37

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2007

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 3 3 3 817
JAX 0 10 6 2137

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 259 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 12 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Walter (HOU) - 12 REC, 160 YDS

Garrard, Jones-Drew power Jaguars past Texans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Jones-Drew broke two tackles, outran another defender and then flipped head-over-feels into the end zone.

He stood up and took two not-so-modest bows.

Then he got a well-deserved standing ovation.

Stuffing The Run
Jacksonville Jaguars

After allowing a franchise-record 282 rushing yards in their opener, the Jaguars defense has given up a total of 200 yards on the ground in the four games since.

Opponent Rush yds. Result
Week 1 vs. Titans 282 L, 13-10
Week 2 vs. Falcons 82 W, 13-7
Week 3 vs. Broncos 47 W, 23-14
Week 5 vs. Chiefs 10 W, 17-7
Week 6 vs. Texans 61 W, 37-17

Jones-Drew ran for 125 yards and two scores, finished with 260 all-purpose yards and helped Jacksonville thump division rival Houston 37-17 Sunday.

"When you run the ball for nine-point-something yards a carry in this league, you're kicking somebody's tail," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "That was ours they were kicking."

Fred Taylor added 90 rushing yards and David Garrard threw two TD passes as the Jaguars (4-1) won their fourth consecutive game.

Jacksonville celebrated a rare rout against the team that has caused it the most headaches in recent years. Houston, which had won four of the previous six meetings between the AFC South clubs, essentially knocked the Jaguars out of playoff contention in 2004 and 2006.

But Jacksonville's inconsistent ways are a thing of the past. Maybe the team's struggles against the Texans are, too.

The Jags vowed to change both this season, promising to prepare and play more consistently regardless of the opponent.

So far, so good.

Southern Hospitality
Houston Texans

The Jaguars have struggled against the Texans in their short history. Jacksonville is the only team in its division that Houston has a winning record against, but the Jaguars inched closer to .500 against their AFC South foe with Sunday's win.

Texans vs. AFC South W-L
Jaguars 6-5
Titans 2-8
Colts 1-10

Houston (3-3) provided the real test, especially since Jacksonville was coming off big road wins at Denver and Kansas City and has a Monday night game against defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis (5-0) up next.

"It was huge," Taylor said. "This is a new face, a new team. We took another step up that hill. We've still got a ways to go. It helps our confidence. It gives us a little bit more momentum to the main objective, the main goal, and that's to get on top of the hill. Right now, this is one more step."

The Jaguars dominated this one, finishing with a season-high 244 yards on the ground. It could have been worse, had they not fumbled three times. The turnovers kept it close until the final quarter.

Jones-Drew had a 7-yard TD run early in the fourth, making it 23-9. Paul Spicer sacked Matt Schaub on the next possession, causing a fumble that Daryl Smith picked up and ran 77 yards to seal it with 8:55 remaining.

Jones-Drew added a 57-yard TD run and took his bows a few minutes later.

He was fined $7,500 last week for pretending to use the goal post as an ATM following a touchdown against the Chiefs. By comparison, this one was pretty tame.

"It's fun and I'm young; I can do all that," said Jones-Drew, who had a key 52-yard TD run last week. "I can do summersaulting and cartwheels and all that good stuff. I'm still young. It's always good to see people smile, so I figured why not have people smile and lighten up the room a little bit."

Jones-Drew added 59 yards receiving and 76 yards on four kickoff returns. His 184 yards from scrimmage were a career high.

"Maurice Jones-Drew clearly had a phenomenal game," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "I don't even have to wait until we got to tape to give him a game ball. He was sensational."

The Texans got a big game from Kevin Walter (12 catches for 160 yards), but they clearly missed the big-play ability of Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson, who sat out his fourth consecutive game because of a knee injury. The Texans are 1-3 without him.

Ahman Green returned from a two-week absence and ran for 44 yards, another sub-par rushing performance for Houston. Schaub was 19-of-31 passing for 259 yards with an interception. He was replaced by Sage Rosenfels late.

Garrard was considerably better. He finished 22-of-34 for 221 yards and still hasn't thrown an interception all season. He also ran for 26 yards.

"I'm playing smart," Garrard said. "I'm putting the ball in the right positions and not letting them get their hands on it."

The Jaguars were fortunate to be ahead 10-6 at halftime.

The Texans easily could have been up 17-0 early. They had first-and-goal at the 3-yard line on the opening drive, but had to settle for a short field goal.

They were driving again on the next possession and appeared to score on Schaub's 10-yard pass to Andre' Davis. Replays showed Davis fumbled just before the goal line -- the ball was knocked loose by Sammy Knight -- and the call was overturned. The ball bounced out of bounds for a touchback.

The Jags had more luck later. They converted two fourth-down plays, recovered an onside kick and scored following a strange call.

Garrard's 1-yard TD pass to George Wrighster was initially nullified by a pass interference penalty, but officials waived off the flag after they decided Greg Estandia had blocked his defender from the start of the play.

Jacksonville then recovered an onside kick, which set up John Carney's 37-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars the lead for good, 10-6.

"We're going to lick our wounds and get ready for Tennessee," Texans linebacker Danny Clark said.

Game notes

Taylor was in for two plays in the second half, then sat out the rest of the way because of tightness in his groin. ... Jaguars C Brad Meester (ankle) returned after missing the first four games and bolstered the running game. ... Rosenfels was 11-of-12 for 82 yards, including a 1-yard TD pass to Vonta Leach in the final minute. ... The Texans were 1-of-5 in the red zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2325
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6961
Total Yards390457
Yards per play5.77.5
Total Drives1010
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-53-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

houFG10:29Kris Brown 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 4:36
houFG9:43Kris Brown 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yds, 2:12
jaxTD3:56George Wrighster, 1 yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yds, 5:47
jaxFG1:04John Carney 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 2:52
jaxTD8:20Reggie Williams, 9 yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick blocked)
Drive info: 14 plays, 81 yds, 6:43
houFG1:45Kris Brown 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:52
jaxTD13:17Maurice Jones-Drew, 7 yd run (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 3:29
jaxTD9:12Daryl Smith, 77 yd fumble return (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 52 yds, 4:16
jaxTD5:58Maurice Jones-Drew, 57 yd run (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:26
houTD0:34Vonta Leach, 1 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels(Samkon Gado run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 15 plays, 89 yds, 5:19