Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/25/12
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wide receiver Justin Blackmon bowled over two Tennessee defenders at the goal line to score on a 7-yard reception with 6:50 remaining and Dwight Lowery pulled in a tipped interception to set up a late field goal, lifting the Jacksonville Jaguars to their first home victory of the season, 24-19 on Sunday at EverBank Field. Jacksonville (2-9) had lost its five previous home games by a combination of 109 points before finally breaking through over the Titans (4-7). The Jaguars snapped a seven-game losing streak. Nursing a 14-12 lead, the Jaguars took advantage of a roughing the passer penalty on safety Michael Griffin and a 23-yard pass from Chad Henne to Blackmon to get inside the Titans' 10. Two plays later, Henne hit Blackmon near the goal line, and the rookie from Oklahoma State turned and ran over Griffin and cornerback Alterraun Verner into the end zone for a 21-12 lead with 6:50 remaining. Henne was making his first start since Blaine Gabbert was placed on injured reserve last week. Henne completed 17-of-26 for 261 yards, a week after he threw four TD passes in an overtime loss to Houston after Gabbert left the game with a shoulder injury. Jake Locker (23-of-40, 259 yards) guided the Titans on fast-paced 77-yard drive on the next possession, capping it with a 6-yard TD pass to Kenny Britt with 4:52 left. Running back Chris Johnson, held in check for most of the game by the Jaguars defense, set up the scoring play with a 31-yard gain. The Jaguars were forced to punt but Locker threw a pass over the middle that was tipped by linebacker Russell Allen and snared inches off the ground by safety Dwight Lowery, who returned the ball to the Titans' 35. Josh Scobee sealed the verdict with a 41-yard field goal with 24 seconds left. The Jaguars had a 7-6 halftime lead in a defensive struggle, with Rashad Jennings' 1-yard TD run late in the first quarter trumping two Rob Bironas field goals. Jennings capped a 75-yard drive with only the third rushing TD of the season for the Jaguars. Jennings earned it, with eight carries on the drive for 25 yards. Bironas made his field goals from 38 and 40 yards. The latter kick came with 11 seconds left in the first half when Locker took the Titans from their own 45 to the Jaguars' 22 in 36 seconds with three pass completions for 33 yards. The Jaguars made it 14-6 in the third quarter when Henne hit Cecil Shorts over the middle on a short pass, with Shorts taking it the rest of the way on a 59-yard scoring play. It was Shorts' team-leading sixth touchdown of the season. Bironas added two more field goals, of 39 yards in the third quarter and 33 early in the fourth, to cut the lead to 14-12. NOTES: Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's leader rusher in 2011, remained on the Jaguars' inactive list with an ankle injury and his availability for the rest of the season is still in doubt. Also inactive for the Jaguars was the player who opened many of the holes for Jones-Drew, fullback Greg Jones. ... Titans running back Jamie Harper and third quarterback Rusty Smith both played high school football within 10 miles of EverBank Field. Harper played at Trinity Christian High School and Smith played at Sandalwood High. ... Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross had to leave the game in the third quarter due to dehydration. The game-time temperature was in the low 60s. ... The Jaguars have faced the Titans more than any other NFL teams in their history, dating to their first year in the league in 1995, when Tennessee was the Houston Oilers. The then-Oilers beat the Jaguars 10-3 in the first game in Jacksonville history on Sept. 3, 1995. Sunday was the 35th meeting between the two teams.
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