Rookie stars in Dolphins cruise

  • Last Updated: December 16 2012, 21:55 GMT

Rookie Ryan Tannehill stole the show to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-3.

Ryan Tannehill: Helped Miami to victory
Ryan Tannehill: Helped Miami to victory

Tannehill had a season-high rating of 123.2. He went 22 for 28 for 220 yards and two scores with no interceptions, and he ran eight times for 52 yards.

Reggie Bush ran for 104 yards, including a 53-yarder to set up a field goal. Dan Carpenter kicked field goals of 53, 30 and 31 yards.

Jacksonville, ranked next to last in the NFL in five major offensive categories, had the ball for just 14 minutes in the final three periods. The Dolphins' first four possessions of the second half resulted in clock-eating drives of 76, 60, 64 and 85 yards.

With the score tied, an illegal-substitution penalty cost Jacksonville a touchdown in the second quarter. Henne threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Justin Blackmon, but the play was negated because Guy Whimper had entered the game as a third tackle - as he had done five times earlier - without reporting as an eligible receiver.

Instead of the score, the Jaguars retreated to their 25 and eventually lost possession when Henne was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 sneak.

Jacksonville had another touchdown taken off the board in the final two minutes. Cecil Shorts' 4-yard scoring reception was instead ruled incomplete when a replay review determined he failed to come down in bounds.

On the next play, Henne threw incomplete on fourth down.

The Dolphins' first touchdown came when they converted three third downs in a 14-play, 89-yard drive that ended with Tannehill's 4-yard scoring pass to fullback Jorvorski Lane. Tannehill went 6 for 6 on the drive.

Leading 10-3, the Dolphins tried a fake field goal at the Jacksonville 5, but holder Brandon Fields' pass fell incomplete. Miami quickly forced a punt, and Bush's long run set up another field-goal situation. This time, Carpenter kicked a 30-yarder.

Karlos Dansby stopped Henne on fourth down at the Miami 11, and Jason Trusnik tackled Montell Owens for no gain on fourth and 1 at the 15 early in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins sewed up the victory with an 85-yard drive that took nine minutes of the fourth quarter and ended with Tannehill's 2-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano.


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