Texans vs. Jaguars: Texans sweep series against frustrated Jaguars, stop 12-game road skid

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Jaguars running back Fred Taylor stiff-arms Texans cornerback Demarcus Faggans yesterday at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Texans defeated the Jaguars, 13-10.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Houston Texans ended nearly two years of frustration on the road and provided more angst for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

David Carr threw for 167 yards and ran for 48 more before leaving the game with a shoulder injury, and the Texans defeated the Jaguars, 13-10, yesterday to snap a 12-game road losing streak.

The Texans (3-6) upset their AFC South rivals for the second time in four weeks and won on the road for the first time since December 2004. Houston's previous road victory also came at Jacksonville, a 21-0 shocker that essentially knocked the Jaguars out of playoff contention.

This one was considerably closer but equally surprising.

"I was looking for a broom before I came in here because of all the trash talking that was going on from one organization," said Carr, who added that his shoulder should be OK. "It was sweet to get this because they really felt they had some excuses for the last time we beat them. Maybe this excuse was that we were playing at 1 o'clock."

Houston won the previous meeting, 27-7, and the Jaguars had plenty of excuses. Players said they would have won if not for two costly fumbles late, and coach Jack Del Rio essentially pinned the loss on Byron Leftwich after the quarterback convinced coaches he was ready to play, then misfired often on an injured left ankle.

Running back Fred Taylor even guaranteed a victory in the second meeting.

"It was on our bulletin board," Carr said. "It was kind of thrown in our face. But we play well against these guys all the time. We just wanted to show that the first time we beat them wasn't a fluke."

The Jaguars (5-4) didn't even try to make excuses after this one. Everyone knew what went wrong.

David Garrard, making his third consecutive start in place of Leftwich, threw four interceptions. Two came after Matt Jones bobbled perfect passes. Ernest Wilford also dropped two balls, including a deep one that could have been a touchdown.

Jacksonville's frustration boiled over in the closing minutes, when Wilford and Reggie Williams got into a shoving match on the sideline.

Garrard completed a 38-yard pass to Cortez Hankton with about two minutes remaining, but the play was nullified by Williams' offensive pass interference penalty that forced a punt.

Williams walked to the bench, then got into a shouting match with some fans. Wilford tried to calm him down, but ended up getting him more fired up. The two had to be separated.

"I was just trying to calm him down and get his head back in the game," Wilford said. "He wasn't ready to be calmed down."

Williams also was flagged for holding with about seven minutes to play, nullifying a 10-yard gain that set up first-and-goal at the 3. Garrard threw his fourth interception on the next play.



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