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Dameon Pierce Scores Lone TD in Quiet One in Jacksonville

Posted on October 9, 2022 at 4:10 PM

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The dual between AFC South foes, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, started off slow, with five punts combined between the two teams, with Houston punting away the first drive of the game, followed by two more, and Jacksonville ended their first two possessions in a punt.

  Jacksonville would be the first to break the silence, when kicker Riley Patterson connected from 26 yards out to put the Jaguars on the board first, ahead 3-0 with 1:22 remaining in the opening quarter.

  The Texans would respond immediately, ending their own drought courtesy of their kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn's 50-yarder on their fourth drive of the game, tying the contest at 3-3 at the 12:24 mark.

  Jacksonville would go for it on 4th-&-4 on their following drive, with quarterback Trevor Lawrence dropping back dropping back and throwing quick toward wide receiver Christian Kirk, but the ball was off the mark, resulting in a turnover on downs at Houston's 40-yard line with under eight minutes before halftime.

  Houston would capitalize on Jacksonville's turnover on downs on the leg of Fairbairn who connected on his second-straight field goal, this also from at least 50 yards, a 51-yard boot through the uprights to give Houston their first lead of the day, 6-3, with 3:23 left on the first-half clock.

  On the next drive for the Jaguars, Lawrence completed a 25-yard pass-play to tight end Evan Engram, a 10-yard pass to running back James Robinson, and a 20-yard pass to tight end Dan Arnold, the latter of which placed the Jaguars just outside the Texans' redzone, at the 21-yard line.

  Lawrence would complete his fourth pass of this drive to running back Travis Etienne, Jr., who would lose control of the ball and the ruling on the field was a fumble, recovered by the Texans.

  However, after official review inside two minutes before halftime, officials overturned the call, keeping the ball with Jacksonville, giving them an opportunity to tie the game, which Patterson did from 45 yards away with six seconds remaining.

  Thus, the Jaguars were able to even the score at 6-6 before a knee by the Texans send the squads into their respective locker rooms.

  At the end of the opening half, Lawrence was 11-for-19 for 137 yards. Houston quarterback Davis Mills went 7-for-13 for 63 yards. There were no touchdowns or interceptions thrown by either after the first two quarters.

  Etienne led all running backs on both sides, with 61 yards on six carries for 10.2 yards per carry. Rookie running back Dameon Pierce had 55 yardson 10 carries (5.5 yards oer carry) to lead the Texans.

  In total, Jacksonville led Houston in rushing yards as well, 99 to 57, at the end of the first half.

  There were no turnovers in the first half by either squad.

  But, Lawrence would change that to start the second half, tossing an interception on the first drive of the half, on a short-yardage pass to the end zone, looking for wide receiver Zay Jones but finding Texans' cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr., instead.

  The Texans would take over eight minutes off of the third-quarter game clock (10:04 to 2:01) on their first drive of the half, but the Jaguars would not allow this drive to gain anything more but time, forcing the Texans to punt it away.

  Jacksonville would get onto Houston's side of the field early in the fourth quarter, but would not convert the 4th-&-1 try with James Robinson gaining nothing on his rush attempt, resulting in a turnover on downs for the Jaguars on the Texans' 38, their second of the game, the former being the aforementioned first-half try on 4th-&-4, which was an incomplete pass by Lawrence.

  Jaguars' linebackers Foyesade Oluokun and Devin Lloyd would combine to sack Texans' quarterback Davis Mills for a loss of eight yards on first down on the Texans' ensuing drive, which would be a quick three-and-out.

  However, Jacksonville's offense puttered out as well, marred by overthrown passes and dropped balls, leading to a punt right back to Houston with 10:21 to play.

  On 3rd-&-20 from their own 47-yard line, the Texans gained some help from Jaguars' rookie linebacker Travon Walker's unnecessary roughness penalty that gave the Texans 15 yards and a new set of downs.

  Houston would take this drive all the way from their own 26 to Jacksonville's two-yard line.

  With 3:14 to go, Jaguars' Head Coach Doug Pederson would challenge the ruling on the field that Texans' running back Dameon Pierce was down, looking for the officials to call it a fumble instead.

  But the ruling on the field would stand, leaving Houston on Jacksonville's one-yard line.

  Pierce would get the lone yard needed on the very next play, giving the Texans their second lead of the game after scoring the first touchdown by either team in the contest, making it 13-6 with 3:14 to play.

  With the opportunity to respond, the Jaguars would once again be affected by themselves, with Etienne dropping a pass and Lawrence overthrowning his receivers, making the Jaguars their own worst enemy, turning the ball over on downs for the third time in the match-up, this being at midfield.

  Jacksonville would gain one final opportunity thanks to their defense forcing a three-and-out with 47 seconds remaining.

  Lawrence would underthrow many of his passes on the team's final drive, after overthrowing many on previous possessions, including an underthrown "Hail Mary" attempt that was intercepted to end the game by cornerback Desmond King II, and the Jaguars would fall to the Texans at home, 13-6.

  This victory would be the first for Houston this season, now at 1-3-1, while Jacksonville moves to 2-3 after this being their first loss at home this season, 1-1.

  Pierce would finish just shy of 100 rushing yards, with 99 yards on 26 carries (3.8 yards per carry) and his touchdown being the difference.

  Lawrence was 25-for-47 for 286 yards, no touchdowns, and two second-half interceptions.

  Mills was 16-for-24 for the game, passing for 140 yards, with no touchdowns, but making no turnovers.

  Marvin Jones, Jr., of Jacksonville ended the contest atop all receivers in yards (104) and catches (7).

  Nico Collins led the Texans with 65 yards on four catches. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks also had ofur catches in the game for Houston, gaining 20 yards in total.  

  Jaguars' strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins and linebacker Devin Lloyd were at the top of both teams in total tackles, Jenkins with 12 and Lloyd with 11.

  The Texans were led by safety Jalen PItre, with nine total tackles.

  Overall, it was a difficult game to watch, which just so happened to come on the day that Tony Boselli was honored as the lone Jaguar in the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame.

Categories: Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL