Jags Keep Rams Winless In OT

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.(AP) Torry Holt got a number of wins with the St. Louis Rams. Now he has one against them.

Holt had 101 yards receiving in his first game against his former team, Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Rams 23-20 in overtime Sunday.

Josh Scobee provided the winner, a 36-yard field goal with 8 minutes to play in the extra frame.

St. Louis (0-6) extended the NFL's longest current losing streak to 16 games. The Rams had two shots at snapping the skid. They took a 17-13 lead with 4:36 remaining on Leonard Little 's 36-yard interception return for a score, but couldn't stop the Jaguars (3-3) on the ensuing drive.

St. Louis got near the goal line in the final seconds, but settled for a tying field goal. The Jaguars won the toss, made a few plays and got Scobee in position for the winner.

Holt rushed the field to celebrate with teammates, then found himself surrounded by Rams players and coaches. He exchanged countless handshakes and hugs before eventually walking off the field with longtime friends.

Jones-Drew, though, earned the game ball from coach Jack Del Rio.

Just days after complaining about play-calling and the team's lack of offensive identity, Jones-Drew carried a career-high 33 times. Maybe he spoke up at halftime, too. He had just eight carries for 11 yards at the break, but ran for 122 in the second half and overtime.

His effort helped Jacksonville rebound from its worst loss in Del Rio's seven seasons. Seattle thumped the Jaguars 41-0 last week.

The Jaguars were much sharper Sunday, albeit against the Rams.

David Garrard completed 30 of 43 passes for 335 yards. He also ran for 31 yards. But he threw two interceptions and was sacked three times.

Mike Sims-Walker, a week after getting benched for violating curfew, caught nine passes for 120 yards.

Marc Bulger , back in the starting lineup after missing two games because of a bruised shoulder, completed 22 of 30 passes for 213 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Steven Jackson had 50 yards rushing and 78 receiving.

Jackson's biggest play came late in regulation.

The Rams trailed 20-17 and had just one timeout, but Bulger found Jackson open in the flat for a 38-yard gain. A few passes later, and St. Louis had first-and-goal at the 9.

Bulger spiked the ball to stop the clock and threw it away on second down. With 7 seconds left - maybe enough time for one more throw to the end zone - coach Steve Spagnuolo turned to Josh Brown . He kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining.

Jacksonville safety Reggie Nelson bobbled the ensuing kickoff, then fell on it as time expired.


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