CINCINNATI – Evan McPherson kicked a 35-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Cincinnati Bengals a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, ruining Urban Meyer’s return to Ohio.
Joe Burrow threw 348 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bengals (3-1) overcome a 14-0 deficit at halftime. Burrow, the top overall pick in the draft in 2020, outpointed the top pick of 2021, Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Meyer coached Ohio State for the 2014 national championship. He was born in Toledo, grew up in Ashtabula supporting the Bengals, went to college in Cincinnati, played safety for the Bearcats, got his first coaching job at nearby Saint Xavier High School. in 1985, and he has two sisters who still live in the area.
Cincinnati had two fast scoring drives to open the second half. James Robinson’s second rushing touchdown put Jacksonville (0-4) up again early in the fourth quarter. Burrow responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass to tight end CJ Uzomah to tie it again.
Another methodical drive set up the kick from McPherson, who has the winners in two of Cincinnati’s three victories.
The Jaguars scored in the first half on a 6-yard plunge from Robinson and a 7-yard goalie from Lawrence.
It could have been worse for Cincinnati. Lawrence was stopped by linebacker Logan Wilson in the fourth and goal in the 1 with less than a minute left at the half.
Lawrence was 17 of 24 for 204 yards.
Tyler Boyd had nine receptions for 118 yards for the Bengals. Uzomah had five receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson rushed for 78 yards.
Jaguars: WR DJ Chark injured an ankle on the third play of the game and did not return. … Guard AJ Cann (knee) was called out in the second quarter.
Bengals: None reported.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Jaguars: host Tennessee on October 10.
Bengals – Host Green Bay on October 10.
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