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Jaguars Deliver Victory in First Home Game of the Season

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) – The Jacksonville Jaguars beat their AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts 24-0 in their first game at TIAA Bank Field this season. The Jags’ victory was the Colts’ eighth straight loss in Jacksonville.

The Jags scored the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter, as QB Trevor Lawrence completed a ten yard pass to WR Christian Kirk in the rain, followed by K Riley Patterson’s extra point. That 68 yard drive started with an interception by S Rayshawn Jenkins, and featured a bold choice several plays later to “go for it” facing fourth down and three yards on the Colts’ 47 yard line. Lawrence delivered, completing an eight yard pass to WR Zay Jones to keep that drive alive. The Jags led the Colts 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Jaguars RB James Robinson had an impressive 37 yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter, followed by another Riley Patterson extra point, putting Jacksonville ahead 14-0. Riley Patterson added a 52 yard field goal shortly before halftime, extending the lead to 17-0.

Late in the third quarter, the Jags again went for it on fourth down with a yard to go, as Trevor Lawrence completed a short five yard pass to Christian Kirk, and Patterson added another extra point. The Jaguars ended the third quarter up 24-0.

In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars defense stole the show with interceptions by LB Devin Lloyd and FS Andre Cisco, each picking off passes by the Colts’ new QB Matt Ryan. The final score remained 24-0.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 235 yards and two touchdowns. James Robinson led the Jaguars rushing with 60 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Indianapolis has lost eight straight games in Jacksonville dating back to their last win in 2014. The Colts were knocked out of the playoffs after they lost the final game of the 2021 season at TIAA Bank Field. No one on the Colts’ current roster has experienced a victory in Jacksonville while playing for Indianapolis.

Colts’ Head Coach Frank Reich and Jags’ Head Coach Doug Pederson were both part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship team five seasons ago. They greeted each other with big smiles and a warm handshake prior to kickoff.

Today’s attendance was 58,360. The Jaguars travel west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, Sunday, 9/25 at 4:05 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com for more sports news.

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Jaguars Hire Ethan Waugh as Assistant General Manager

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former San Francisco 49ers executive Ethan Waugh as assistant general manager. Image: Jacksonville Jaguars.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Ethan Waugh as the team’s assistant general manager, the team announced today.

“We are excited to add Ethan to our organization,” said Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke. “Strengthening the personnel department was a priority this offseason and we are thrilled to make this addition to the team. I enjoyed working alongside Ethan in San Francisco for over a decade, and I know he will work tirelessly to help build a winning organization here in Jacksonville.”

Waugh most recently served as the vice president of player personnel (2021-22) with the 49ers following three seasons as the director of college scouting and football systems for the team. Previously, Waugh worked alongside Baalke in San Francisco for 12 seasons (2005-16). During Baalke’s tenure as general manager of the 49ers (2011-16), Waugh served as the team’s senior personnel assistant (2012-14) and senior player personnel coordinator (2015-17). From 2010 to 2016, 49ers players earned 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl nods.

Waugh began his career in the Bay Area as a personnel assistant (2004-08) before being promoted to the team’s Midwest regional scout (2008-11). Prior to his career in the NFL, Waugh spent two seasons at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he served as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Waugh earned his first coaching opportunity as an assistant at Western Carolina University from 1997-2001. While with the Catamounts, he coached on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and assisted with special teams.

Waugh is originally from Vernon Hills, Ill. He played defensive back for two years at Lake Forest College before transferring to Lawrence University where he switched to the offensive side of the ball and played wide receiver and quarterback. He graduated from Lawrence with a degree in history and added a master’s degree in American History from Western Carolina in 1999.

His father, Maury, coached football for more than 50 years while his brothers, Tucker and Adam, work in football as well. Tucker serves as executive director of player personnel at Army West Point while Adam is the defensive coordinator at Southeastern University.

He and his wife, Allison, have four sons: Spencer, Carter, Parker and Connor.

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Jaguars “Clown Game” Ends With Victory Over Colts and Top Draft Pick

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) -The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped an eight game losing streak, and a ten game losing streak against AFC South foes, beating the Indianapolis Colts in their final game of the season, 26-11. Today’s game was nicknamed the “clown game,” because of a social media campaign which encouraged fans to dress in clown outfits in protest against Owner Shad Khan, in hopes of persuading him to fire General Manager Trent Baalke. Jaguars fans have been vocal about their disdain for the current GM, blaming him for many of the team’s recent problems, which culminated in the firing of Coach Urban Meyer. The hashtag #FireBaalke will yield a sampling of fan commentary on social media.

Jaguars fans dress in clown outfits to encourage Owner Shad Khan to fire GM Trent Baalke

While today’s victory improved the team’s record to 3-14, a victory by the Detroit Lions against the Green Bay Packers means that the Jags will have the number one pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row. While last year’s draft yielded Trevor Lawrence, it’s less clear who the Jaguars will take this year.

The Jaguars scored a touchdown on their opening drive, which ended with a 2 yard pass to WR Laquon Treadwell from QB Trevor Lawrence. The rookie quarterback entered today’s game holding Jacksonville’s rookie records for completions and passing yards. K Matthew Wright added the extra point, to put the Jags up 7-0, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.

A ten yard sack by OLB Josh Allen of Colts QB Carson Wentz prevented a touchdown in the second quarter, though K Michael Badgley did manage to kick a 41-yard field goal, to narrow the Jags lead, 7-3. Jacksonville’s next scoring drive also ended with a field goal, a 22 yarder by Matthew Wright. Wright added another 20 yard field goal just before halftime, extending the Jaguars’ lead to 13-3.

Early in the third quarter, Jaguars LB Damien Wilson sacked Carson Wentz and forced a fumble, recovered by T DaVon Hamilton, which led to a Jacksonville scoring drive culminating in a 39 yard Matthew Wright field goal, putting them ahead 16-3. Jaguars LB Damien Wilson intercepted a Carson Wentz pass intended for Mo Alie-Cox, setting up another scoring drive ending with a three yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones, Jr. and Wright extra point. The Jags led 23-3 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Colts looked like they would score a touchdown from the one yard line, but RB Jonathan Taylor, who led all NFL players in Pro Bowl voting, was stopped by the Jaguars defense. The Jags later added another Matthew Wright field goal, extending their lead 26-3. The Colts scored their first touchdown of the game on a 12 yard pass by Carson Wentz to WR Michael Pittman, and added a two point conversion. The score remained at 26-11 for the rest of the game.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 223 yards and two touchdowns. Ryquell Armstead led the Jaguars rushing with 52 yards. Marvin Jones Jr. was the leading receiver with 88 yards and a touchdown.

Today’s attendance was 60,516. The Colts have now lost seven games in a row in Jacksonville. Their last victory at TIAA Bank Field was in 2014. The Colts finished with a record of 9-8. This was the first season the NFL played 17 games.

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In First Game Since Urban Meyer’s Firing, Jaguars Lose Sixth In A Row

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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.

Brandin Cooks scores first touchdown of the game for the Texans (Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo)

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.

Heavy rains throughout the second and third quarters (Photo credit: Mike Brodsky, FNN Sports)

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.

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