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NFL: Houston Texans Beat Jaguars 30-16 in First Career Win for QB Davis Mills

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JACKSONVILLE – The Houston Texans arrived in town with a depleted roster and left with a 30-16 victory over the Jaguars.

Jacksonville (2-12) quarterback Trevor Lawrence entered the game with one touchdown pass in his last five games He completed 22 of 38 passes for 210 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. Houston’s defense sacked Lawrence three times.

“The guys were ready,” Jaguars Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell said. “They were into it. We just didn’t play a clean enough ballgame today.”

In the first win of QB Davis Mills’ career, the Texans had nine players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. But all three phases came together for a resounding victory over the AFC South rival.

After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, the Texans were unable to score another touchdown until their final drive of the game when Mills connected with wide receiver Brandin Cooks on a 43-yard scoring strike with just over two minutes remaining.

“That was awesome, kind of sealed the deal,” Mills said. “That was the dagger. I felt like we started fast today and then kind of stalled out a little bit in the second quarter, start of the third quarter and that kind of just really picked us back up and assured the win. It was a great feeling.”

Mills completed 19-of-30 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 92.2 passer rating. Cooks caught a team-high seven passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

On special teams, defensive back Tremon Smith scored on a 98-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown, while K Ka’imi Fairbairn was 3-of-3 on field goals from 52, 51 and 25 yards.

Mills threw a 22-yard touchdown to Cooks on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. The Texans opening drive was extended after a Jaguars penalty on the punt resulted in a first down for Houston. Mills connected with Cooks on three passes for 33 yards on the 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive.

The Jaguars kicked a field goal on their opening drive, but the ensuing kickoff ended in another seven points for Houston.

Jacksonville kicker Matthew Wright tied a career high in made field goals after connecting on all three of his field goal
attempts (22, 35, 38). Wright has made at least three field goals in a single game four times in his career and in two games this season.

Smith fielded the kickoff at the two-yard line and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. Houston took a 14-3 lead against the Jaguars with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter.

Running back James Robinson scored the lone touchdown of the day for the Jaguars on a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter after a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Jacksonville trailed 14-10 early in the second quarter.

Robinson carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards and recorded his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and 15th of his career. Robinson is the fourth undrafted player in the common-draft era to rush for at least 15 TDs in his first two seasons, joining Arian Foster, Kevin Mack and Phillip Lindsay.

The Jaguars outgained the Texans, 296-281.

Fairbairn added a pair of field goals from 52 and 51 yards in the second quarter, including one as time expired, to give the Texans a 20-10 lead at halftime.

Offensively, both teams struggled in the second half after a field goal on the first possession of the second half.

Cornerback Tyson Campbell picked off Mills on a pass intended for tight end Jordan Akins. The Jaguars converted the takeaway into three points, adding a 35-yard field goal.

“We’re getting closer than ever before,” Campbell said. “We know we’ve got to try to finish this thing out strong, and we’re going to need all of us to accomplish that. So, that’s what we’re trying to do. That’s what we keep planning on doing, trying to get us a W.”

Campbell recorded his second interception of the season, becoming the first Jaguars rookie cornerback since 2016 (Jalen Ramsey) to record at least two INTs in a season. Campbell finished with four tackles, two passes defensed and one INT. Campbell has played in 12 games (11 starts) and posted 54 tackles, nine passes defensed and two INTs

The Jaguars trailed by one score, down 23-16 with 11:18 left in the fourth quarter.

However, on their final possession of the game, the Texans moved the ball down the field. Mills found Cooks on a short pass that resulted in a 43-yard touchdown to seal the win. Houston took a 30-16 lead with 2:22 left in the game, capping off a six-play, 55-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:47.

The Jaguars travel to New York Sunday to play the Jets. With the win, the Texans improve to 3-2 in the AFC South and 3-11 on the season and will next host the Los Angeles Chargers at home.

(Article by Deepi Sidhu, Texans Insider and Lead Writer and Jacksonville Jaguars PR)

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