Garrard Solid, Jags Still Lose

Tennessee's running attack hardly missed Travis Henry.

Chris Brown ran for 175 yards, Vince Young and LenDale White combined for another 88 on the ground and the Titans ran roughshod over the Jacksonville Jaguars, opening their season with a 13-10 victory Sunday.

Henry, who ran for more than 1,200 yards last season, left Tennessee for Denver in the offseason. The Titans did just fine without him.

Brown found gaping holes in Jacksonville's vaunted defense, making the Jaguars look either out of shape or out of position on nearly every play. Most of his big runs came up the middle as Tennessee's offensive line manhandled Pro Bowl tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson.

Stroud had offseason micro-fracture surgery on his ankle and Henderson injured his shoulder before the preseason finale.

Tennessee finished with 282 yards rushing - a franchise record for both teams. Jacksonville's previous high allowed was 246 yards against Seattle in 2005. Tennessee's previous best was 279 against Miami in 1967.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, were bottled up on the ground.

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Fred Taylor ran six times for 16 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew had 32 yards on seven carries. David Garrard, who was supposed to give the team a better chance to win in the wake of Byron Leftwich's stunning departure, finished 17-of-30 for 204 yards and a touchdown, and made several big plays.

Garrard threw a perfect TD pass to John Broussard in the first quarter, hitting him in stride for a 47-yard score and a 7-3 lead. Garrard had Jacksonville on the move several more times, but two of the drives ended without points.

Jones-Drew fumbled at the 8-yard line following a fourth-quarter reception with the Jags trailing 13-10. And Jacksonville had the ball at the 19 earlier in the second half but failed to convert a fourth-and-10 play.

Why not kick a field goal?

Kicker Josh Scobee injured his right leg during pregame warmups and was unable to kick anything other than an extra point or chip-shot field goal.

He slipped on the grass about an hour before kickoff, slammed his helmet to the ground and walked into the locker room. Scobee, who made an NFL-best 14 field goals from 40 to 49 yards last season, returned to the sideline with his upper right leg heavily wrapped.

The Jaguars used rookie punter Adam Podlesh on kickoffs. But they passed on a 32-yard attempt that could have given them a 13-6 lead in the third.

Nonetheless, Tennessee should have put the game out of reach before the closing minutes.

The Titans had the ball four times inside the 10-yard line, but came away with two field goals and a touchdown. Young scored on a draw from 2 yards out to make it 13-10 late in the third.

White was stopped on fourth down on the other drive inside the 10.

Young, who ran for 22 yards, was 11-of-18 passing for 78 yards with an interception.


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