It was the Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ended the game Sunday in overtime at TIAA Bank Stadium on a pick-six, but it was the leadership and right arm of former Clemson football quarterback Trevor Lawrence that got them there.
Lawrence completed 27 of 42 passes for 318 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception on the day and finished with a 109.0 quarterback rating.
His former Clemson teammate Travis Etienne rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and Lawrence added 21 yards on the ground as Jacksonville scored 27 points combined in the third and fourth quarters before Rayshawn Jenkins picked off a tipped Dak Prescott pass and returned it 51 yards for the game-winning score.
The Jags moved to 6-8 on the season after going 3-14 in Lawrence’s rookie season at the helm.
They also denied the Cowboys the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot with the win.
The day was not perfect for the pair of Clemson grads as Lawrence threw his first interception since October 30th and an early Etienne fumble positioned Dallas for the first touchdown of the game.
Lawrence also lost a fumble late in the game after avoiding a sack and gaining a crucial first down. Ironically, the fumble was caused by former Clemson defensive back Jayron Kearse.
Lawrence is now 330 for 500 for 3,520 yards with 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the season.
Former Clemson football quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars are on an extended roll
Over the last six games Jacksonville is 4-2 and Lawrence is 157 for 223 (70.4%) with 14 touchdowns and one interception.
The Jaguars have three games remaining: at the New York Jets on Thursday, at Houston on New Year’s Day and against Tennessee on January 8.
While they have not technically been eliminated from the playoffs the odds are slim, but the team is playing well and obviously much improved over last years squad.
Many labeled Lawrence a bust after his rookie season, but it goes to show what a difference coaching and talent around a quarterback can make.