| October 1, 2021, 12:12 AM
October 1, 2021, 12:12 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Burrow spoiled Urban Meyer’s return to Ohio and stored his former faculty coach winless on an NFL sideline.
Burrow engineered 4 second-half scoring drives whereas passing for 348 yards and two touchdowns and the Bengals overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to beat Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 on Thursday night time.
Evan McPherson gained it with a 35-yard area aim as time ran out, culminating a 10-play, 73-yard drive that consumed the final 5 1/2 minutes.
Burrow, the highest general draft decide in 2020 out of LSU after transferring from Ohio State, outdueled the 2021 prime decide, Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who checked out halftime as if he may direct his first NFL win and create a contented homecoming for his coach. Meyer grew up in northeastern Ohio, performed security on the University of Cincinnati and gained the 2014 nationwide championship teaching at Ohio State.
The Bengals (3-1) had been shut out within the first half and could not get operating again Joe Mixon free. McPherson missed a 43-yard field-goal try, and Cincinnati punted on the following three possessions.
“We didn’t play nice soccer, they typically beat us in all three phases” within the first half, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor stated. “But we get a complete second half to play, so there was no cause to panic. Nobody did. Everyone was calm, cool and picked up. They knew we had been going to get the ball to start out the half the place we’re often fairly environment friendly.”
Cincinnati had two fast scoring drives to open the second. James Robinson’s second dashing landing put Jacksonville up once more early within the fourth quarter. Burrow answered with a 31-yard landing move to tight finish C.J. Uzomah to tie it once more.
After the Jaguars punted, Burrow arrange McPherson, who has the successful kick in two of Cincinnati’s three victories.
“I’m actually proud of my efficiency tonight,” Burrow stated. “I’m going to maintain constructing on this and getting higher and higher.”
The Jaguars scored within the first half on a 6-yard plunge by Robinson and a 7-yard keeper by Lawrence.
It may have been worse for Cincinnati on the break. Lawrence was stopped by linebacker Logan Wilson on fourth-and-goal on the 1 with below a minute left within the half.
“When you management the sport like we did within the first — and it ought to’ve been 21-0,” Lawrence stated. “The second half, we did not do a very good job of holding on to the ball. They scored the fast landing after which we went three-and-out.”
Lawrence was 17 for twenty-four for 204 yards.
“Trevor took care of the ball,” Meyer stated. “Trevor performed his greatest recreation. He’s coming alive.”
Tyler Boyd had 9 receptions for 118 yards for the Bengals. Uzomah had 5 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson rushed for a season-high 78 yards.
“We need to regroup a little bit,” Lawrence stated. “This one hurts.”
Both workforce may have 10 days to ruminate on Thursday night time’s recreation. Meyer stated that might be particularly powerful for the winless Jags.
“That’s a heartbroken locker room,” he stated. “We’ve obtained to get them again.”
The Bengals have additional time to organize for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers after successful twice in 5 days. Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 24-10 final Sunday.
“It is crucial to get this momentum going right into a 10-day work week towards an opponent who’s been within the final two AFC championship video games,” Taylor stated.
RING OF HONOR
The Bengals inducted 4 into the workforce’s new Ring of Honor. The inaugural class included Paul Brown, the workforce’s founder and first coach; Hall of Fame tackled Anthony Munoz (1980-92); quarterback Ken Anderson (1971-86) and cornerback Ken Riley (1969-83).
Jaguars: WR DJ Chark broke an ankle on the third play of the sport and did not return. … Guard A.J. Cann (knee) was injured within the second quarter however the seriousness of it wasn’t clear.
Bengals: None reported.
Jaguars: Host Tennessee on Oct. 10.
Bengals: Host Green Bay on Oct. 10.