JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – David Garrard looked like a seasoned veteran. Vince Young looked like, well, a rookie.

Garrard, making his second straight start in place of Byron Leftwich, threw three touchdown passes to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 37-7 win against Tennessee on a rainy Sunday.

Young, meanwhile, had his worst day as a pro. He was intercepted three times, sacked once and basically roughed up the entire game as the Jaguars improved to 4-0 at home.

The Titans avoided a shutout when Young completed a 32-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Drew Bennett with 2:40 to play. Before the throw, Young’s best play may have been a touchdown-saving tackle.

Rashean Mathis was nearing the goal line after his second interception – his seventh in the last nine games – when Young shoved him out of bounds. Mathis injured his leg on the play, and the Jaguars settled for a short field goal.

It was one of the few bright spots for the Titans (2-6), who had won their previous two games.

Jacksonville (5-3) enjoyed countless highlights.

Fred Taylor and Maurice Drew combined for 135 yards rushing, and Garrard’s three TD passes were a career high.

Garrard had an 11-yard TD pass to Ernest Wilford on the team’s opening drive, then took advantage of Young’s first turnover by connecting with George Wrighster for a 14-yard score.

Garrard was even better after halftime, completing his first four passes for 78 yards and a score. He threw a perfect fade pass to Wilford for a 22-yard touchdown that pushed the lead to 27-0.

The Jaguars turned all three of Young’s interceptions into points.

Scott Starks stepped in front of Roydell Williams, picked off Young’s pass and went untouched for a 55-yard score. Josh Scobee’s third field goal made it 37-0.

Young was 15-of-36 for 163 yards, 80 of them in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Garrard didn’t have nearly the trouble and improved his record to 6-1 as a starter the last two seasons. He finished 12-of-22 for 177 yards and probably stoked a quarterback controversy in Jacksonville.

Although coach Jack Del Rio has insisted Leftwich is the starter if healthy, Leftwich wasn’t even in uniform Sunday after declaring himself ready to play earlier in the week.

Leftwich convinced Del Rio he was OK to play despite a sore left ankle at Houston on Oct. 22. He played poorly, the Jags lost and Leftwich has been on the bench since – watching Garrard lead the team to two victories.

The defense has been dominant in both, giving up a combined 13 points.

Jacksonville’s latest win may have been costly, though. The team lost Mathis, defensive tackle John Henderson (hamstring) and linebacker Jorge Cordova (hamstring).

The Jags already were without defensive stars Marcus Stroud, Mike Peterson and Reggie Hayward. Stroud missed his fourth consecutive game, and Peterson and Hayward are out for the season.

Tennessee played without defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. Haynesworth served the fourth of a five-game suspension, and Jones served a one-game suspension.

AP-ES-11-05-06 1619EST


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