Kerry Collins threw for 110 yards and one touchdown after he replaced an injured Vince Young and led the Tennessee Titans to a 30-3 victory over the Jaguars on Monday in Jacksonville.
One year to the day since his last start – a 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots – Collins came on with 8:15 to play in the first quarter after Young sustained a sprained knee while being tackled after a fumbled snap.
His first play was a 20-yard completion to Damian Williams on third-and-12. He finished 11-for-16 overall and did not attempt a pass in the fourth quarter.
Collins, the 15-year veteran, and Williams, the third-round draft pick, connected four times for 48 yards. It was a career-high in receptions for Williams and tied him with tight end Bo Scaife for team-high honors.
With the victory the Titans (4-2) remained tied Indianapolis and Houston for first place in the AFC South. Jacksonville (3-3) fell a game back.
Jacksonville also lost its starting quarterback, David Garrard, to injury. Trent Edwards replaced Garrard late in the second quarter.
The Titans’ defense intercepted each of them as it forced a season-high four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble recovery).
Michael Griffin picked off Garrard and set up Collins’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Scaife. Rookie Alterraun Verner got his second interception in as many weeks – against Edwards – and set up the second of Rob Bironas’ season-high three field goals. Safety Vincent Fuller ended the Jaguars’ best offensive possession when he intercepted a pass in the end zone with a little more than six minutes to play.
Young completed three of five for 61 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt. His 23-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt capped the game-opening drive and put the Titans ahead to stay.
Chris Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time in as many road games this season. He finally got there when he broke a 35-yard touchdown run with 1:40 to go. He finished with 111 yards on 26 carries, and the touchdown was his league-leading seventh.
He has topped 100 yards in eight consecutive road games overall, two short of Barry Sanders’ NFL record.