Final

Buccaneers 14

(4-9, 1-5 away)

Jaguars 41

(4-9, 3-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 11, 2011

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 7 7 0 014
JAX 0 28 0 1341

Top Performers

Passing: B. Gabbert (JAX) - 217 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 27 CAR, 85 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Lewis (JAX) - 2 REC, 77 YDS

Jags score 41 unanswered points to crush Bucs

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In an otherwise miserable season, the Jacksonville Jaguars enjoyed a near-perfect performance.

Maurice Jones-Drew had four touchdowns, setting the franchise scoring record, and the Jaguars reeled off 41 unanswered points to beat the turnover-prone Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-14 on Sunday.

Jacksonville scored on offense, defense and special teams -- all in a 28-point second quarter -- and gave interim coach Mel Tucker the game ball following his first victory.

"I can't remember a quarter like that," said Tucker, who took over for fired coach Jack Del Rio nearly two weeks ago. "When you're playing like that, that's fun. That was good for us to have that feeling, to experience that. That's what it takes to win consistently at a high level in this league. We got a taste of that today."

Jones-Drew finished with 136 total yards, including 85 on the ground against one of the league's worst run defenses.

Tampa Bay's bigger problem in its seventh consecutive loss was turnovers.

The Buccaneers (4-9) had seven of them, helping set up each of Jacksonville's four touchdowns in the second quarter. The Jaguars (4-9), who hadn't scored more than 20 points all season, scored four times in a span of 7:32. They scored in all three phases in the same game for the first time since Nov. 1, 1998, at Baltimore.

That also was the last time Jacksonville had scored 28 points in a quarter.

"This is what we expected to have all year," defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. "It didn't work like that, but hopefully it will be good momentum for us."

Josh Freeman and Preston Parker had a lot to do with Jacksonville's latest scoring frenzy.

Freeman, back after missing last week's game against Carolina because of an injured throwing shoulder, threw two interceptions and fumbled near the goal line. He completed 16 of 30 passes for 181 yards and was benched late in favor of Josh Johnson.

"Yeah, once again, turnovers," Freeman said. "It seems every time we started to get something going, we'd shoot ourselves in the foot. It makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to win a football game when you turn the ball over like we did."

Parker's day was nearly as bad. He fumbled two punts, both caused by special teams ace Montell Owens, and had a costly penalty. Colin Cloherty, signed off the practice squad Friday, scooped Parker's second fumble and returned it 4 yards to give the Jaguars a spark.

Blaine Gabbert found Marcedes Lewis behind the defense for a 62-yard gain on the next drive, setting up Jones-Drew's 1-yard score that tied the game at 14.

Two plays later -- after Parker was flagged for holding -- Freeman fumbled at the 1-yard line as Daryl Smith sacked him. Nate Collins recovered in the end zone to make it 21-14.

Freeman threw an interception on Tampa Bay's next possession.

"This is Football 101 stuff," Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber said. "It's frustrating. It's happening every week. Turnovers, you've got to hold on to the football. It's hard to win a game with seven turnovers. Everybody's frustrated. We've got to get better."

Jacksonville turned the short field into a 28-14 lead when Gabbert found Jones-Drew with a short pass near the goal line. Jones-Drew stretched the ball over the pylon for his 71st touchdown in 90 career games, breaking the team record held by Fred Taylor.

"It means a lot," Jones-Drew said. "To break a record that Fred set, it means a bunch. Words can't explain how excited I am to have a guy that mentored me the whole time, taught me how to play this game the right way, how to take care of my body and do those things."

Jones-Drew wasn't done, either.

The player Bucs coach Raheem Morris dubbed a "rolling ball of butcher knives" earlier in the week made it 35-14 in the fourth when he caught a short pass near the goal line and plowed through two defenders for another score. He also scored from a yard out late.

Gabbert completed 19 of 33 passes for 217 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The only downside for Jacksonville, which ended a three-game slide, was injuries. The Jaguars lost receivers Mike Thomas (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and place-kicker Josh Scobee (leg) during the game.

Scobee's injury forced the team to go for a fourth-and-9 play late in the game and also attempt a 2-point conversion after Jones-Drew's fourth touchdown.

It also provided some levity in a blowout. Linebacker Russell Allen had to kick off, a dribbler that looked like an onside kick. And when the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Jaguars had even more fun by dousing Tucker with ice water.

Things got serious in the locker room when Tucker delivered an emotional speech and got the game ball.

"I think I did shed one (tear)," Tucker said. "I tried to get it back, but it was too late. I was exposed."

Game notes


Parker declined to speak to reporters after the game. ... Bucs WR Arrelious Benn suffered a concussion. ... Tampa Bay led 14-0 after TD runs by LeGarrette Blount and Freeman. ... The Jaguars hadn't scored 40 or more points since Dec. 23, 2007 against Oakland. ... Jacksonville forced seven turnovers -- the most in franchise history. The previous high was five.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TB
JAX
1st Downs1521
Passing 1st downs
710
Rushing 1st downs
77
1st downs from penalties
14
3rd down efficiency
3-115-15
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays5967
Total Yards280325
Yards per play4.74.9
Total Drives1313
Passing170209
Comp-Att
17-3219-33
Yards per pass
4.96.1
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-141-8
Rushing110116
Rushing Attempts
2433
Yards per rush
4.63.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-24-5
Penalties12-978-80
Turnovers72
Fumbles lost
40
Interceptions thrown
32
Defensive / Special Teams TDs02
Possession27:1132:49

Passing Leaders

TBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Freeman16/301816.0023-14
Johnson1/231.5010-0
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Gabbert19/332176.6221-8

Rushing Leaders

TBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blount18744.1111
Freeman4266.5113
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew27853.1214
Harris12424.0024

Receiving Leaders

TBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Winslow23819.0028
Williams33511.7019
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis27738.5062
Jones-Drew6518.5217

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTBJAX
tbTD9:28Legarrette Blount 1 Yard Run (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:36
70
SECOND QUARTERTBJAX
tbTD14:17Josh Freeman 13 Yard Run (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 52 yds, 3:02
140
jaxTD7:48Colin Cloherty 8 Yard Fumble Return (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 20 yds, 1:49
147
jaxTD2:09Maurice Jones-Drew 1 Yard Run (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 77 yds, 2:27
1414
jaxTD2:00Nate Collins Fumble Recovery (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, -20 yds, 0:12
1421
jaxTD0:11Maurice Jones-Drew 5 Yard Pass From Blaine Gabbert (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 0:58
1428
FOURTH QUARTERTBJAX
jaxTD10:28Maurice Jones-Drew 5 Yard Pass From Blaine Gabbert (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 5:31
1435
jaxTD2:35Maurice Jones-Drew 1 Yard Run (Dujuan Harris Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yds, 4:55
1441

Research Notes

Josh Freeman was 4 of 11 for 65 yards and two interceptions Sunday when facing five or more pass rushers. Freeman entered the week tied for the most interceptions (6) against such pressure.
The Jaguars scored 28 points in the second quarter vs Tampa Bay. That matches the most points the Jaguars have scored in ANY quarter. They also scored 28 on November 1, 1998 at Baltimore. They won that game 45-19.
The Jaguars have scored 28 points in the 1st half. They had not scored more than 20 points in a GAME this season. It's their most points in the 1st half of a game since December 23, 2007 when they scored 28 vs the Raiders.

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