JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Tennessee Titans easily won the battle of backup quarterbacks against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 30-3 victory Monday night that put them in a three-way tie atop the AFC South.
Vince Young was knocked out of the game on the second series with a sprained left knee and was replaced by Kerry Collins.
Collins completed 11 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, directed five consecutive scoring drives that drew the Titans (4-2) into a tie with Indianapolis and Houston in first place.
Tennessee also got 111 yards rushing and a late score from Chris Johnson.
The Titans didn’t have to punt over the final 43 minutes of the game.
Jacksonville’s David Garrard left the game late in first half with a concussion and was replaced by Trent Edwards.
On three drives inside the Titans 20, the Jaguars (3-3) turned it over twice and had to settle for a short field goal by Josh Scobee.
Young threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt on the opening drive, then sprained his left knee on the next series.
“He’s a little sore,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said, adding that Young also sprained his left ankle. “He could have finished in shotgun.”
Collins replaced him and threw a short TD to Bo Scaife, then led the Titans on time-consuming drives to keep control.
Jacksonville, plagued by turnovers for a second straight week, had four.
The Titans turned three short fields into 13 points, taking advantage of two interceptions and a short punt.
Making matters worse for Jacksonville, tight end Marcedes Lewis fumbled at the Tennessee 10-yard line in the second quarter and receiver Tiquan Underwood let Vincent Fuller rip a pass out of his hands in the end zone in the fourth quarter.