Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry put on a show on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium.
And the Titans got another important win – 30-9 over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Henry broke the franchise record for most rushing yards in a game with 238 while turning in one of the best individual performances in the stadium’s history. The Titans running back also ran for four touchdowns on just 17 carries. He electrified the crowd with stiff-arms and speed, while wreaking havoc on the Jaguars.d
Chris Johnson previously held the single-game total with 228 yards in a game against the Jaguars during the 2009 season.f
Henry scored on runs of three, 16, 54 and 99 yards as the Titans pulled away in an AFC South battle. The Titans improved to 7-6 with the win. They’ll return to action on December 16 at the New York Giants.d
The game featured one of the most memorable plays in team history — a 99-yard touchdown run by Henry in the first half.f
Henry exploded up the middle on the carry, and then he put his powerful stiff-arm to use. In space, Henry stiff-armed Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, before racing downfield, where he threw Jaguars linebacker Leon Jacobs off of him and to the ground. Further downfield he squared off with Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, and stiff-armed him away as well before running into the end zone.d
The 99-yard touchdown run was only the second in NFL history. The other: Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run for the Cowboys back in 1983.
Henry’s run gave the Titans a 13-2 lead, and it followed a big goal-line stand by the Titans, who got a big stop from linebacker Rashaan Evans on Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette on a fourth-and-goal from the one.
The run was a sign of more to come for Henry, who owned the night.
On their first possession, the Titans capped a six-play, 73-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Henry, which made it 7-0. The Titans came out flying on defense, too, as safety Kevin Byard ended Jacksonville’s first possession with a sack.
The Titans appeared to be on the verge of adding more points, but Mariota was intercepted when a throw sailed over intended target Tajae Sharpe, and into the arms of Jaguars safety Ronnie Harrison.
Later, disaster struck when return man Cameron Batson muffed a punt, and then was tackled into the end zone for a safety, making it 7-2.
But the game swung back to the Titans on the goal-line stop, and the Henry run that followed.
The Titans added a 33-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop to make it 16-2 at the half.
In the third quarter, Henry exploded for a 16-yard touchdown run to make it 23-2.
Henry then busted off a 54-yard touchdown run, which gave the Titans a 30-2 lead and sent Nissan Stadium into a frenzy. The Jaguars scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.