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Pick 6s fuel Jaguars in sloppy 30-9 upset over Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars spent the first month of the season looking equal parts awesome and awful, taking one step toward respectability immediately followed by a baffling step back.

On the road facing a team expected to play deep into January and perhaps beyond, the Jaguars instead served notice their best start in nearly a decade is hardly a fluke.

Turns out, running back Leonard Fournette can fly in more ways than one. And a secondary getting better by the week appears ready to make the Jaguars a legitimate threat in the underwhelming AFC South.

Fournette soared for a 2-yard touchdown and sprinted 90 yards for another, and Jacksonville used Pick 6s on back-to-back Pittsburgh drives to stun the Steelers 30-9 on Sunday.

''I think this is a completely different ballclub compared to last year,'' said Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson, who had two of Jacksonville's five interceptions. ''We got guys who will make plays on the football, guys in situations to make plays, and that's all you can ask for. This year has been fun so far.''

And decidedly different. The Jaguars (3-2) have already matched their 2016 win total and are above .500 after five games for the first time since 2010 thanks in large part to Fournette's precocious play.

The rookie finished with a season-high 181 yards, the knockout punch delivered with his dash to the open end of Heinz Field with 1:47 to go that sent whatever portion remained heading for the exits following Pittsburgh's worst home loss in coach Mike Tomlin's 11 seasons.

''They drafted me for a reason,'' Fournette said, adding later his only goal on the third-longest touchdown run ever against the Steelers was simply to not get caught.

No chance.

Fournette and Jacksonville's defense were so dominant that quarterback Blake Bortles only attempted one pass in the second half. The way the Jaguars were overwhelming Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Bortles didn't have to do much other than watch Fournette go to work.

Pittsburgh (3-2) again struggled to get big-play production out of an offense that was supposed to be among the league's best. Five games in, the Steelers look average. Roethlisberger completed 33 of 55 for 312 yards and his career-high five interceptions, the most by a Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone threw five against Cleveland in 1987.

''You know it's one of those things where I've been doing this a long time,'' Roethlisberger said. ''I've had bad games before, bad stretches. I've had good ones too. You just find a way to move on and play better.''

A week after a sideline outburst generated headlines and drew Roethlisberger's ire, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 157 yards. Brown didn't score, but twice men attempting to cover him did.

The Steelers led 9-7 in the third quarter when Roethlisberger looked left for Brown. Jacksonville defensive lineman Abry Jones tipped it into the hands of Telvin Smith, who chugged 28 yards to put Jacksonville in front with 6:38 left in the period.

The Jaguars defense struck again on Pittsburgh's next series. Roethlisberger tried to hit Brown down the sideline. Jalen Ramsey deflected it, Barry Church came down with it and 51 yards later Jacksonville had turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead without taking an offensive snap.

''I was just right there in the nick of time to grab it,'' Church said. ''I wasn't letting anybody tackle me before I got to the end zone. I had to get there.''

When Gipson made a leaping pick near the Jacksonville goal line in the final minutes to thwart any chance of a Pittsburgh rally, it gave the Jaguars 15 takeaways on the season. They managed an NFL-low 13 while going 3-13 in 2016.

SUPERMAN

Fournette gave the Jaguars an early lead with a spectacular 2-yard touchdown dive in the second quarter. The former LSU star basically jumped from the 4 and flew untouched over the line of scrimmage into the end zone. Not bad for a 240-pound back known more for his heft than his hops.

''I noticed the line knocked everybody down,'' Fournette said. ''I jumped 5 yards. I was nowhere near the goal line. I jumped 5 yards back and I made it. I surprised myself.''

QUOTABLE

''It was a (butt) whooping, plain and simple.''

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was held to 21 yards receiving on five receptions.

GROUND TO A HALT

Jacksonville came in with the top-ranked pass defense in the league, though that number was a bit of a misnomer. The Jaguars also came in last in rushing yards allowed, giving up an average of 165 per game. Pittsburgh managed just 70 on 20 carries, with Le'Veon Bell mustering just 47.

''They stopped the run,'' Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva said. ''They pretty much forced us to throw the entire game and they played better than us at the end.''

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

Steelers: Travel to Kansas City next week in a rematch of last year's AFC Divisional Round playoff. Pittsburgh edged the Chiefs 15-13 to reach the AFC title game.

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This story has been corrected to show that the final score was 30-9.

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Key Players
L. Fournette 27 RB
181 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 3 ReYds, REC
30
FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
157 ReYds, 10 RECs
15
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:47
J.Myers extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Overton, Holder-B.Nortman.
plays
yds
pos
30
9
Touchdown 1:47
J.Wells reported in as eligible. L.Fournette left tackle for 90 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
98
yds
1:29
pos
29
9
Field Goal 6:43
J.Myers 47 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-M.Overton, Holder-B.Nortman.
13
plays
67
yds
8:07
pos
23
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:59
J.Myers extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Overton, Holder-B.Nortman.
plays
yds
pos
20
9
Touchdown 3:59
B.Roethlisberger pass deep middle intended for A.Brown INTERCEPTED by B.Church (J.Ramsey) at JAC 49. B.Church for 51 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
19
9
Missed Point After Touchdown 6:38
J.Myers extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-M.Overton, Holder-B.Nortman.
plays
yds
pos
13
9
Touchdown 6:38
B.Roethlisberger pass short left intended for A.Brown INTERCEPTED by T.Smith (A.Jones) at PIT 28. T.Smith for 28 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
13
9
Field Goal 8:54
C.Boswell 20 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
14
plays
73
yds
6:06
pos
7
9
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
C.Boswell 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
6
plays
45
yds
0:38
pos
7
6
Point After TD 12:19
J.Myers extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Overton, Holder-B.Nortman.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 12:19
J.Wells reported in as eligible. L.Fournette up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on PIT-B.Dupree, Defensive Offside, declined.
8
plays
47
yds
4:05
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:17
C.Boswell 29 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
7
plays
61
yds
3:06
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:52 31:08
1st Downs 15 21
Rushing 10 5
Passing 5 16
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 6-12 7-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 313 371
Total Plays 53 77
Avg Gain 5.9 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 231 70
Rush Attempts 37 20
Avg Rush Yards 6.2 3.5
Net Yards Passing 82 301
Comp. - Att. 8-14 33-55
Yards Per Pass 5.9 5.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 2-11
Penalties - Yards 4-19 5-37
Touchdowns 4 0
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 2 0
Turnovers 1 5
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 5
Punts - Avg 5-38.0 3-44.7
Return Yards 117 14
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-14 2-14
Int. - Returns 5-103 1-0
Kicking 4/5 3/3
Extra Points 3/4 0/0
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-3 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Jaguars 3-2 07131030
Steelers 3-2 33309
82 PASS YDS 301
231 RUSH YDS 70
313 TOTAL YDS 371
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Bortles 5 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 95 0 1 48.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 827 7 4 78.2
B. Bortles 8/14 95 0 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Fournette 27 RB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 181 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
109 466 5
L. Fournette 28 181 2 90 30
C. Ivory 33 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 159 0
C. Ivory 8 41 0 19 4
B. Bortles 5 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 107 0
B. Bortles 1 9 0 9 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Lee 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 208 0
M. Lee 4 2 49 0 31 4
A. Hurns 88 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 207 2
A. Hurns 3 2 21 0 18 2
M. Lewis 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 76 3
M. Lewis 2 1 14 0 14 1
M. McCaffrey 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 4 0
M. McCaffrey 1 1 4 0 4 0
K. Cole 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 40 0
K. Cole 1 1 4 0 4 0
L. Fournette 27 RB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 128 1
L. Fournette 1 1 3 0 3 30
C. Grant 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 13 0
C. Grant 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. O'Shaughnessy 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
J. O'Shaughnessy 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Colvin 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-2 0 0.0
A. Colvin 9-1 0.0 0 0
J. Ramsey 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-1 2 0.0
J. Ramsey 7-0 0.0 1 0
T. Smith 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-9 2 0.0
T. Smith 6-4 0.0 1 0
M. Jack 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-12 0 1.0
M. Jack 5-4 0.0 0 0
T. Gipson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 3 0.0
T. Gipson 5-1 0.0 2 0
B. Church 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 1 1.0
B. Church 3-2 0.0 1 0
A. Bouye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-1 2 0.0
A. Bouye 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.5
A. Jones 2-3 0.5 0 0
J. O'Shaughnessy 80 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. O'Shaughnessy 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Posluszny 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
P. Posluszny 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-9 0 5.5
C. Campbell 1-3 0.5 0 0
E. Ankou 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
E. Ankou 1-3 0.0 0 0
C. Grant 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Grant 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Fowler 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 4.0
D. Fowler 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Smoot 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Smoot 1-1 0.0 0 0
P. Thompson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
P. Thompson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Y. Ngakoue 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 4.0
Y. Ngakoue 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Myers 2 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/4
SEASON FG XP
10/12 13/15
J. Myers 1/1 47 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Nortman 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 38.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 45.4 10
B. Nortman 5 38.0 3 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Bohanon 40 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
T. Bohanon 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 312 0 5 37.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 1269 6 7 75.8
B. Roethlisberger 33/55 312 0 5 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
102 371 3
L. Bell 15 47 0 15 8
M. Bryant 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 20 0
M. Bryant 1 13 0 13 3
J. Conner 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 55 0
J. Conner 3 9 0 5 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 -4 0
B. Roethlisberger 1 1 0 1 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
19 10 157 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 545 1
A. Brown 19 10 157 0 49 15
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 58 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 160 2
J. Smith-Schuster 7 4 58 0 21 5
L. Bell 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 10 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 144 0
L. Bell 10 10 46 0 9 8
J. James 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 151 2
J. James 5 3 24 0 15 2
M. Bryant 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 204 1
M. Bryant 8 5 21 0 9 3
J. Hunter 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 11 0
J. Hunter 2 1 6 0 6 0
J. Conner 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
J. Conner 1 0 0 0 0 0
V. McDonald 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
V. McDonald 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 0 2.0
V. Williams 6-2 1.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 1 3.0
T. Watt 5-1 1.0 0 0
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-10 2 0.0
R. Shazier 5-3 0.0 1 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 0.0
M. Mitchell 4-5 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 2.0
J. Hargrave 4-6 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-4 0 0.0
S. Davis 3-2 0.0 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-8 0 0.0
T. Alualu 2-2 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Tuitt 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
A. Burns 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Smith-Schuster 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Wilcox 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 1 0.0
J. Wilcox 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 1 1.0
M. Hilton 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Gay 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
W. Gay 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 3.0
C. Heyward 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Golden 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Golden 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 2.0
B. Dupree 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
10/12 9/9
C. Boswell 3/3 34 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 41.5 8
J. Berry 3 44.7 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Golden 20 SS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
R. Golden 1 5.0 5 0
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 11.0 20 0
J. Smith-Schuster 1 9.0 9 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Brown 84 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 9 0
A. Brown 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 JAC 25 1:37 3 5 Punt
10:17 JAC 25 2:56 6 36 Punt
1:24 PIT 47 4:05 8 47 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:27 JAC 8 7:36 13 49 Punt
1:06 PIT 48 0:25 2 3 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:54 JAC 25 1:32 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 JAC 4 8:07 13 67 FG
5:30 JAC 44 1:02 3 9 Punt
3:16 JAC 2 1:29 3 98 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:23 PIT 28 3:06 7 61 FG
7:21 PIT 4 5:57 11 42 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 PIT 18 2:52 4 20 Punt
1:51 PIT 5 0:45 6 14 Punt
0:41 PIT 39 0:38 6 45 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 6:06 14 73 FG
7:22 PIT 23 0:44 2 -1 INT
6:38 PIT 25 2:39 6 9 INT
3:59 PIT 25 4:09 9 20 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:43 PIT 25 1:13 5 13 INT
4:28 PIT 14 1:12 7 54 INT
1:47 PIT 30 1:47 3 9 Game