JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) lost their battle to get out of the basement of the AFC South with a 27-25 loss to the Houston Texans (2-6) Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.
This game marked the debut of Jaguars rookie QB Jake Luton, who made his first career start, filling in for Gardner Minshew II, who is sidelined with a right thumb injury. On the Jaguars’ first possession, the sixth-round draft pick, Luton, threw a 73-yard pass to DJ Chark, Jr. for a touchdown, and the first score of the game.
Deshaun Watson’s pass to Brandin Cooks tied the game up for the Texans. Two field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn put Houston up 13-7.
Jaguars undrafted rookie RB James Robinson ran for a one-yard touchdown to tie the game 13-13. The Texans went up 20-13 after Duke Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run. Heading into the half, Josh Lambo kicked the ball 59 yards through the uprights to cut the Jaguars’ deficit to 20-16, tying Josh Scobee’s franchise record set in 2010 for longest field goal in the process.
The Texans went up 27-16 after Deshaun Watson’s 77-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller. The Jags answered with a 30-yard Josh Lambo field goal to make it 27-19 at the end of the third quarter.
Jake Luton surprised the crowd with some fancy footwork, running into the end zone late in the fourth quarter for a 13-yard touchdown, but a failed two point conversion left the team down 27-25.
Jake Luton finished with 304 yards passing while DJ Chark, Jr. had 146 receiving yards, and James Robinson ended with 99 rushing yards.
Injuries continue to challenge the Jaguars, as rookie WR Laviska Shenault Jr. suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and was out for the rest of the game. The team heads north to Green Bay for week ten to take on the Packers (6-2) at Lambeau Field before an empty stadium.
Mike Brodsky is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org