Henry’s 99-yard TD run high­lights Ti­tans’ win over Jaguars

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By TERESA M. WALKER The As­so­ci­ated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Un­der cen­ter at the 1-yard line, Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota checked out of a quar­ter­back sneak, and Der­rick Henry did the rest — as much with his arms as his legs.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-ty­ing 99-yard touch­down run, and Ten­nessee routed the Jack­sonville Jaguars 30-9 on Thurs­day night to stay in the play­off chase.

Henry matched Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dal­las against Min­nesota for the long­est TD run in NFL his­tory. Henry ran to his left and went up the side­line, stiff-arm­ing cor­ner­back A.J. Bouye, then rookie line­backer Leon Jacobs twice and fi­nally shov­ing line­backer Myles Jack to fin­ish off the sec­ond of his four TDs.

“Once I got in the open field on that 99-yard run, it was go­ing to take all of them,” Henry said. “I def­i­nitely wasn’t go­ing to go down easy, so I def­i­nitely wanted to use my stiff-arm to my ad­van­tage, and it worked.”

The Ti­tans talked be­fore the pos­ses­sion about go­ing 99 yards, so left tackle Tay­lor Le­wan was a bit sur­prised to hear the call for a quar­ter­back sneak.

“I was like, ‘That ain’t go­ing to get us 99 yards, boys,’ ” Le­wan said. “But it was checked, so it was cool.”

The 2015 Heisman Tro­phy win­ner cel­e­brated by strik­ing the Heisman pose not once, but twice. Dorsett didn’t keep the ball from his run, but Henry said he’d def­i­nitely keep his.

“He’s a leg­end,” Henry said of his fel­low Heisman win­ner. “It’s cool to be in that com­pany with Tony Dorsett.”

Henry set a fran­chise record with 238 yards on 16 car­ries, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark of 228 yards set by Chris John­son in 2009 against, yes, the Jaguars.

John­son called Henry’s 99yarder “amaz­ing” and con­grat­u­lated Henry on the team record.

Henry tied Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame run­ning back Earl Camp­bell for most rush­ing TDs in a sin­gle game in fran­chise his­tory. Henry also be­came the first player in the NFL with four rush­ing TDs in a game since Jonas Gray of the Pa­tri­ots in Week 11 in 2014.

Ti­tans coach Mike Vra­bel called Henry’s night “very im­pres­sive.”

“He just ran out of guys to stif­farm,” Vra­bel said.

With the rout and sec­ond win in a row, the Ti­tans (7-6) stayed in AFC play­off con­tention with their fourth straight vic­tory over their old­est di­vi­sion ri­val. They’ve won six of their last seven against Jack­sonville.

The Jaguars (4-9) have lost eight of their last nine, and coach Doug Mar­rone said he was “heav­ily dis­ap­pointed.”

“Ob­vi­ously, we had a dif­fi­cult time on first, sec­ond and third (downs), and some­times in the fourth tack­ling (Henry),” Jaguars coach Doug Mar­rone said. “He had, ob­vi­ously, a ca­reer night.”

Mar­i­ota, wear­ing black tape on the back of his right hand, threw for 162 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion. He also ran for 13 yards on four car­ries.

The Ti­tans out­gained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks.

Jack­sonville came in with the league’s fifth-best scor­ing de­fense af­ter shut­ting out An­drew Luck for the first time in the NFL. But Jack­sonville has been sus­cep­ti­ble against the run, ranked 16th by giv­ing up 108.4 yards. Henry nearly matched that on his record-ty­ing run.

“For the rest of his life, I’ll be on his high­lights,” Jaguars de­fen­sive end Calais Camp­bell said about Henry.

AP photo

Der­rick Henry of the Ti­tans runs for a 99-yard touch­down dur­ing the first half Thurs­day.

AP photo

Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry cel­e­brates his touch­down with quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota dur­ing the sec­ond half Thurs­day.

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