Mariota earns first win in Jacksonville
Titans use big second half to defeat Jaguars, avoid 0-2 start
By MARK LONG
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Returning to the field where he suffered a broken leg last season, Marcus Mariota passed for 215 yards and a touchdown for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a 37-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mariota won in Jacksonville for the first time in three career NFL starts.
“Last year, I was leaving here on crutches,” said the 23-year-old from Honolulu. “To be able to walk out of here with the guys, huge divisional win, I’m going to enjoy it.”
Mariota completed 15 of 27 passes, and Derrick Henry, Delanie Walker and Jalston Fowler each ran for touchdowns for Tennessee (1-1), which led 6-3 at halftime.
“Those guys wanted to come out the second half and make a statement, and I think they did,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
Walker was pushed by Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey after scoring in the third quarter. Ramsey was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and several players exchanged words — Mariota grabbed Ramsey and said something into his ear.
The Jaguars (1-1) committed 10 penalties for 99 yards altogether, and Blake Bortles was intercepted twice, including once on a ball tipped at the line, and fumbled once.
“It’s only the second game. You’ve still got 14. If you’re sitting here worried, then you’ve got a problem,” said Jacksonville receiver Marqise Lee.