JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) – The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their sixth game in a row, 30-16 to the Houston Texans. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell led the Jags for the first time since the firing of Urban Meyer on Thursday.
The Texans scored the first touchdown of the game on a 22 yard QB David Mills pass to WR Brandon Cooks, followed by K Ka’imi Fairbairn’s extra point. The Jaguars followed with a scoring drive capped off by a 22 yard Matthew Wright field goal. But the Texans responded with a 98 yard kickoff return by KR Tremon Smith on the next play for another touchdown and Fairbairn extra point. Jaguars FS Rayshawn Jenkins suffered a leg injury on the play, and had to be carted off the field. By the end of the first quarter, the Jaguars were down 14-3.
The Jaguars’ next drive ended with a one yard RB James Robinson touchdown run, and Matthew Wright made the extra point, narrowing the deficit to 14-10. Heavy rains changed the pace of the game in the second quarter, and many fans abandoned their seats in search of cover from the downpour. The Texans’ Ka’imi Fairbairn was unfazed by the weather, kicking a 52 yard field goal, as well as a subsequent 51 yard field goal, to put the Texans up 20-10 heading into the half.
The sun came back out for the start of the second half, but the Texans continued to rain on the Jaguars’ parade, as Fairbairn scored another 25 yard field goal, extending their lead to 23-10. Matthew Wright was able to deliver a 38 yard field goal for the Jags, shortly before the heavy rains returned. The score remained 23-13 at the end of the third quarter.
Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell intercepted a David Mills pass early in the fourth quarter to energize the fans in the stands. Matthew Wright kicked a 35 yard field goal on that drive, making it a one possession game. But the Texans later added a 43 yard David Mills to Brandon Cooks touchdown pass and Fairbairn extra point, putting Houston up 30-16.
Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence finished with 210 yards passing. James Robinson led the Jags’ rushing with 75 yards and a touchdown, a respectable performance after having been benched twice while Urban Meyer was still the coach. James O’Shaughnessy was the leading receiver, with 60 yards.
Today’s attendance was 60,252. Jacksonville hits the road to face the New York Jets on Sunday, 12/26. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. The Jaguars have lost their last 15 road games, but hope their fortune changes next week at MetLife Stadium.