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Jones-Drew Sets Record as Jaguars Pound Bucs 41-14

The Jags gave interim coach Mel Tucker an early Christmas gift on Sunday, as Maurice Jones-Drew set a franchise scoring record with four TD’s in a 41-14 rout of the Bucs.

The Jaguars scored 41 unanswered points to beat the turnover-prone Buccaneers, as Jones-Drew finished with 136 total yards, including 85 on the ground against one of the league’s worst run defenses.

It was the 7th straight loss for the Bucs, who had seven turnovers in the loss. It was turnovers in the second quarter that helped set up four touchdowns in the second quarter for the Jags.

The Jaguars (4-9), who hadn’t scored more than 20 points all season, scored four times in a span of 7:32. They scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game for the first time since November 1st, 1998, at Baltimore.

Blaine Gabbert threw for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Marcedes Lewis grabbed two passes for 77 yards for the Jaguars (4-9), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

“Guys were stepping up all over the field,” Tucker said. “Offense, defense and special teams. We talked in the locker room before the game, we wanted to go out here and show everyone that we were a team. We needed to be relentless for 60 minutes in all phases of the game, and that’s what we were able to get done today.”

Josh Freeman returned to action for the Bucs after missing last Sunday’s 38-19 setback against the Carolina Panthers. He threw for 181 yards and two interceptions on 16-of-30 passing, while running for 26 yards and a score.

LeGarrette Blount ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Buccaneers (4-9), who opened a 14-0 lead but turned the ball over seven times and have lost seven straight.

The Jaguars will be back in this week, as they take on the Falcons on Thursday night.

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