Scobee Comes Through Again
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE - Josh Scobee drilled the ball down the middle, gave his holder a high-five and then jumped into the arms of left tackle Khalif Barnes.
Published: September 29, 2008
Published: September 29, 2008
It would have been more appropriate for Barnes to climb on Scobee's back. After all, the placekicker has carried the Jacksonville Jaguars to consecutive wins - with plenty of help from quarterback David Garrard.
Scobee, who kicked a 51-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to beat Indianapolis last week, hit a 37-yarder in overtime to give the Jaguars a 30-27 win against the winless Houston Texans on Sunday.
"Every kicker lives for this moment," said Scobee, who made two others from 46 and 40 yards. "Either you make a living doing it or you don't. This year, I've gotten two opportunities and made both of them. I've been very fortunate."
Garrard set up both of them.
He completed a 24-yard pass to Matt Jones on third down to get to the Houston 41, then found Greg Jones in the flat for 22 more yards.
Scobee lined up two plays later and put it through the uprights.
Houston (0-3), getting its best game of the season from quarterback Matt Schaub, looked like it might get its first win after scoring on its final five possessions. Schaub threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Kevin Walter. His last one was an 8-yard strike that put the Texans ahead 24-20 with 7:06 remaining.
But Garrard brought the Jaguars (2-2) right back, mostly with his legs. He scrambled for two first downs, then broke a tackle and scored from 5 yards out with 1:48 to play. He gained 13 yards on third-and-10, then picked up 9 more a few plays later on fourth-and-8.
"Thank God we have a quarterback like David who can do it with his arms and legs," running back Fred Taylor said.
The Texans could have said the same thing about Schaub, who avoided several sacks by running five times for 24 yards.
Schaub drove the Texans 53 yards in the final minute and set up Kris Brown's 47-yard field goal with a second to play that sent the game into overtime.
The Jaguars won the toss, then Garrard and Scobee did the rest.
Garrard was 23 of 32 for 236 yards. He also ran seven times for 41 yards, 31 of them coming on Jacksonville's TD drive in the fourth.
"The big thing is when he did run, he broke some tackles," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's a presence."
Houston377100-27Jacksonville737103-30 First Quarter
Jac-Owens 41 yard run (Scobee kick), 8:38.
Hou-FG K.Brown 27, 0:07.
Hou-Slaton 30 pass from Schaub (K.Brown kick), 4:47.
Jac-FG Scobee 46, 0:19.
Jac-M.Jones 16 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick), 10:53.
Hou-Walter 5 pass from Schaub (K.Brown kick), 5:15.
Jac-FG Scobee 40, 13:40.
Hou-Walter 8 pass from Schaub (K.Brown kick), 7:06.
Jac-Garrard 5 yard run (Scobee kick), 1:48.
Hou-FG K.Brown 47, 0:01.
Jac-FG Scobee 37, 11:25.
HouJacFirst downs2321Total Net Yards386375Rushes-yards23-7925-139Passing307236Punt Returns2-232-43Kickoff Returns5-736-130Interceptions Ret.0-00-0Comp-Att-Int29-40-023-32-0Sacked-Yards Lost0-01-0Punts2-43.52-46.5Fumbles-Lost2-00-0Penalties-Yards2-152-27Time of Possession32:2031:15 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Houston, Slaton 10-33, Schaub 5-24, Taylor 8-22. Jacksonville, Garrard 7-41, Owens 1-41, Jones-Drew 7-32, Taylor 10-25.
PASSING-Houston, Schaub 29-40-0-307. Jacksonville, Garrard 23-32-0-236.
RECEIVING-Houston, Slaton 8-83, Walter 8-76, Daniels 7-87, A.Johnson 3-38, A.Davis 1-14, J.Jones 1-5, Leach 1-4. Jacksonville, M.Jones 5-71, Walker 5-46, R.Williams 4-46, F.Taylor 3-21, G.Jones 2-28, Jones-Drew 2-17, Angulo 1-1, Porter 1-6.