Kenny Britt returned to action in a limited capacity Sunday, but the Titans struggled to mount a passing threat against the Chargers.
Britt recorded one catch for five yards in his first football game in nearly a year. He was targeted twice by second-year QB Jake Locker. It was Locker’s second career start and first time on the same field as Britt, who tore his ACL and MCL in Week 3 of 2011.
San Diego pressured Locker early and often, prompting a costly interception on Tennessee’s second play from scrimmage. The Chargers scored the game’s first 17 points and stymied any hopes of a Titans comeback by keeping the pressure on Locker in a 38-10 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
Locker finished 15-of-30 passing for 174 yards — 46 of which came on the game’s final play with a throw to TE Craig Stevens. Locker recorded two rush attempts that gained a team-high 21 yards, including a career-long 20-yard scramble that set up a field goal by Rob Bironas.
Locker, the Titans’ first-round pick in 2011, also connected with 2012 first-rounder Kendall Wright for a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 24-10, but that was as close as the Titans got.
The limitations on Nate Washington, who missed practice all week due to a leg injury suffered the previous week, further strained the Titans’ passing attack, and falling two touchdowns behind early forced the Titans to call fewer run plays than they wanted. Chris Johnson finished with 17 yards on eight carries.
Damian Williams led the Titans with four catches for 45 yards, Jared Cook had three receptions for 23 yards, Wright had two catches for 24 yards, Washington had two catches for 20 yards and Johnson had two for 11 yards.
Despite the injury, Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 64, which includes all 50 games with the Titans.
THIRD DOWNS CRITICAL
The importance of converting third downs is frequently ballyhooed by analysts, and Sunday’s game illustrated why.
Tennessee converted one of nine third downs (11 percent) on the day, with Locker’s 20-yard scramble in the second quarter accounting for the sole conversion of a third-and-9 play. The Titans failed to move the chains on third downs with distances of 9, 15, 10, 1, 5, 8, 5 and 6 yards throughout the game.
San Diego, however, converted 10 of 17 third downs (59 percent), including each third down it faced on its first three possessions, which led to 17 points. The Chargers converted third downs with distances of 7, 8, 11, 5, and 4 on its first two possessions, with QB Philip Rivers completing TD passes of 11 and 4 yards to reserve tight end Dante Rosario on two of those snaps.
The troubles continued when San Diego’s next possession was extended on a roughing the passer penalty against Kamerion Wimbley on an unsuccessful third-and-10 play. The Chargers took advantage of the extra opportunity, later converting third-and-6 to set up a field goal for a 17-0 lead.
San Diego possessed the ball for 43 minutes, 39 seconds.
Although the Titans never led, the defense recorded four sacks of Rivers, including three in the first half.
Will Witherspoon, who started at middle linebacker in place of Colin McCarthy (ankle), recorded a sack and fumble by Rivers, but Chargers TE Randy McMichael — a former college teammate of Witherspoon’s at Georgia — recovered the ball.
Rookie Mike Martin, who made his first start at defensive tackle, and Derrick Morgan also recorded sacks in the first half. Rookie Zach Brown, who made his first start at weakside linebacker, recorded a sack and forced a fumble by Rivers in the third quarter, but McMichael again recovered the ball.
VERNER RECORDS INTERCEPTION
Cornerback Alterraun Verner recorded the Titans’ first interception of the season when he snagged a pass that Rivers intended for Malcom Floyd.
It was the fifth career interception for the third-year pro and first since Week 2 of 2011.
The 2013 Christian Academy of Louisville Baseball Invitational in Louisville, Ky., from April 1-4, 2013, is seeking a competitive high school baseball team to complete an eight-team field.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans will once again partner with LP on Sunday, Sept. 23 for the LP PENCIL Box School Supply Drive benefiting Metro Nashville students.
LP PENCIL Box, a collaborative venture between PENCIL Foundation and LP Building Products, offers Metro teachers the opportunity to shop free twice per year for classroom school supplies, benefiting Nashville’s most needy school children. Since its inception in 2005, over $2.5 million worth of school supplies has been distributed to students whose families cannot afford to purchase them.
“The Titans supply drive is the biggest we have during the year so we look forward to this each year and are grateful to again have the support of the Tennessee Titans,” said Kimberly Washington, LP PENCIL Box Program Manager. “Over 70 percent of MNPS students receive free or reduced lunch and providing educators with free supplies directly assists the students as well.”
Volunteers from PENCIL Foundation and LP Building Products will collect donated items from fans at the seven collection drop-off locations outside LP Field with the collection time starting at 10 a.m., ending at 12:15 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring the following most-needed items:
- Paper Towels
- Classroom Cleaning Supplies
- Notebook Paper
- Primary Tablets
- Construction Paper
- Art Supplies
“The Titans are very excited to once again partner with LP’s effort to provide school supplies for Nashville’s less fortunate students,” said Don MacLachlan, Titans EVP of Administration and Facilities. “LP has an incredible desire and very generous history of aiding many charitable endeavors throughout the country. We are proud to join them in our annual game-day drive for the LP PENCIL Box. Since moving to Tennessee our fans have always responded to our charitable drives in a most gracious manner, proving once again why they are the best fans in the NFL!”
“Titans fans and the Tennessee Titans have made significant contributions to LP PENCIL Box,” said Mary Cohn, Corporate Affairs Manager and President of the LP Foundation, the charitable arm of LP. “We are proud to again partner with them to support Metro schools and build a better future for Nashville.”
The Tennessee Titans have had great success with their annual stadium drives and will continue to collect items this season to include the Titans Foundation Coat Drive vs. Indianapolis on Oct. 28; Second Harvest Food Bank Drive vs. Chicago on Nov. 4’ and U.S. Marines Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” Drive vs. Houston on Dec. 2.
Joining the Titans once again in 2012 as a game-day charity drive partner is American Paper & Twine, a business partner with the Titans. American Paper & Twine will provide trucks and drivers to collect and then deliver items for all of the charity drives, eliminating the costs and services previously incurred by the individual charities.
“We are very pleased that American Paper & Twine has once again stepped up to join us in our efforts to help our neighbors with these drives,” MacLachlan added. “The Doochin family (owners of the company) has a great tradition of charitable efforts and this is another outstanding example of their willingness to help others.”
“American Paper & Twine Co. is honored to be able to reach out and help people in need by assisting both the Titans and their charitable partners in these game-day drives,” said Bob Doochin, President and CEO of the company.
American Paper & Twine Company’s tradition of trust began over 83 years ago in 1926 when two young men, Nathan Doochin and Milton Lockenbach, saw an opportunity to create a niche in the expanding Nashville wholesale market. Eighty-three years later, American Paper & Twine has become a leader in the wholesale distribution of office, packaging, janitorial and food service products. For more information on American Paper & Twine, please visit http://www.shopapt.com/index.htm.
LEDBETTER, Ky. – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team could not convert on the greens and found itself in seventh place after Monday’s first two rounds of the Drake Creek Invitational, being held at Drake Creek Golf Club.
The Lady Govs shots rounds of 310 and 309 for an opening-day 619 on the par-72, 6,178-yard layout. Central Arkansas jumped to the front with a second-round 293 for a two-round 599. Host Murray State is in second (600), followed by Arkansas State (601), Belmont (601), Columbia (606) and Southern Illinois (613). The tourney’s final round will be played Tuesday.
“We played well as a whole,” APSU interim coach Chelsea Harris said. “I’m pleased with the way we’ve been hitting the ball, but adjusting to the greens was an issue today. We missed several short putts for birdie and par.
“They’ll be there tomorrow and we will play with more confidence. We have another round with some improvement to make and moving (up) to do.”
It was the Par 4s that led to the Lady Govs undoing Monday. APSU was tied for second on Par 3s at 4-over par. However, on the 12 Par 4s, the Govs were 48-over par.
Senior Lauren Bond was the most consistent of the Lady Govs, shooting 76-74 for 150, a round that included five birdies. She is tied for 13th.
Junior Tala Mumford owned the Lady Govs low round of the opening round with a 74. She followed that up with a 79 for 153 score, leaving her tied for 21st.
Freshman Jessica Cathey bounced back from an opening-round 80 with a 78 in the afternoon. Both Tabitha Beard 80-82=162) and Holly Batey (84-78=162) round out the Lady Govs’ team scores. Sophomore Meghan Mueller, playing as an individual, shot a 166 (84-82).