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Texans earn first road victory by beating Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars won the statistical battle, but that was of little consolation on Sunday. The Houston Texans came away with a 24-21 victory over the Jaguars at EverBank Field.

Jacksonville’s defense held Texans’ Quarterback Brock Osweiler to only 99 yards passing. Unfortunately, two of his passes went for touchdowns.

Jaguars’ Quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns. It was another throw that played a huge role in determining the outcome.

His fourth pass attempt of the game was picked off by Houston’s Kareem Jackson and returned 42 yards for the opening score of the game. The Jaguars managed to tie the game at 7-7, but Houston regained control and led 24-13 in the final minutes.

When Bortles hit Allen Robinson for a score, followed by a two-point conversion with just over two minutes remaining, the Jaguars trailed 24-21. With two timeouts and the two-minute warning, they had a chance.

When the Texans muffed the kickoff, they had to start from their own eight. If they could get one stop deep in Houston territory, Jacksonville had a chance.

They could not make the necessary play and the Texans were able to run out the clock.

Robinson had a good day receiving with 107 yards and a touchdown. The Jags again failed to gain 100 yards rushing with their total of 80. Four Houston runners piled up 181 rushing yards.

With the loss, Jacksonville falls to 2-7, including 1-4 at home. Houston improved to 6-3 and Sunday’s win was their first on the road in four tries.

Next week they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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