Henry’s record night sparks Ti­tans’ rout of Jags

Gulf Times Sport - - NFL -

Der­rick Henry tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touch­down run and rushed for a fran­chise-record 238 yards on 17 car­ries Thurs­day night as the Ten­nessee Ti­tans kept their play­off hopes alive by past­ing the Jack­sonville Jaguars 30-9 in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

Henry also matched a fran­chise record with four rush­ing touch­downs. Ten­nessee (7-6) won its sec­ond game in a row and moved within a half-game of the Bal­ti­more Ravens for the sec­ond AFC wild-card spot. Jack­sonville (4-9) lost for the eighth time in nine games and clinched its sev­enth los­ing sea­son in eight years.

Henry’s 99-yard jaunt, which tied the mark set by Dal­las’ Tony Dorsett at Min­nesota in Jan­uary 1983, came on the first play af­ter Leonard Four­nette was stopped for no gain by Rashaan Evans on fourth-and-goal to deny the Jaguars a sec­ond-quar­ter lead.

Henry burst free off left tackle and broke three tack­les on his way to the record book, stif­farm­ing A.J. Bouye to the ground around the Ten­nessee 25. Myles Jack tried and failed to bring Henry down at the Jack­sonville 20 as the crowd roared. The play gave Ten­nessee a 13-2 lead with 7:07 left.

Ryan Suc­cop’s 33-yard field goal with 10 sec­onds left in the half made it 16-2 at the break. Henry ended the game’s com­pet­i­tive phase in the third quar­ter with touch­down runs of 16 and 54 yards less than two min­utes apart, up­ping the mar­gin to 30-2 at the 5:30 mark.

Henry had a chance for a fifth touch­down, but his third-down run from the Jaguars 2-yard line was stopped for a 1-yard loss. Mul­ti­ple Jack­sonville de­fend­ers cel­e­brated the play, about the only thing they had to en­joy.

Jaguars quar­ter­back Cody Kessler com­pleted 25 of 43 passes for 240 yards and a 7-yard scor­ing strike to Dede West­brook with 1:49 left in the third quar­ter. Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota hit 18 of 24 at­tempts for 162 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion.

Jack­sonville’s other points came on a safety with 59 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter when punt re­turner Cameron Bat­son muffed the ball and was tack­led in the end zone.

Ten­nessee Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry (right) runs for a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half against the Jack­sonville Jaguars at Nis­san Sta­dium.

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