The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t come away with a win on Sunday, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort from Gardner Minshew. Minshew started his first NFL game and did a lot of things that looked like Gardner Minshew at WSU.
That included nearly leading the Jags to the win. After a lot of team struggles, Minshew marched Jacksonville down the field in the final minutes for this score.
The Jaguars went for the win but instead of putting the game in Minshew’s hands, they decided to run it and came up short.
Minshew finished as the Jaguars leading passer and rusher. He threw for 213 yards on 23-of-33 passing with one touchdown. He also rushed six times for 56 yards. Those passing numbers would have looked better had the Jags not been flagged for penalties on a couple of big plays.
A few notable Texans encouraged Gardner Minshew after his first @NFL start.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 16, 2019
"They were all very positive. Just congratulating me, saying I played well, played hard, keep up & said they were impressed with the composure I had. So it means a whole lot coming from guys like that." pic.twitter.com/AjBwgkdb6M
If you missed Minshew’s performance this week, the good news is he and the Jags will be playing in prime time on Thursday night. Oh and there is this.
Chatted with Minshew for a few min. afterward. He watched #WSU-#Houston Friday night.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 15, 2019
“Gordo’s killing it.”
Minshew also singled out Cougs’ leading WR, Brandon Arconado.
Jacksonville plays Thursday, so the Jags QB will be back on the Palouse this weekend for the #UCLA game.
Cougs by 1,000 on Saturday.
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Mike Leach and the Cougars have something going out in the Palouse. Washington State does not get a lot of talk from people, but what they lack in publicity, they make up for in their play on the field.
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