Browns Drop Frye's First Start
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Terry Cousin (21) breaks up a pass for Cleveland Browns' Braylon Edwards in the fourth quarter

Posted Dec 4, 2005


It started out so well. And ended so poorly. Fred Greetham recaps the Browns 20-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Stadium this afternoon.

 

Cleveland – It started well but didn’t finish very well.

1985 was a sort of new beginning for the Browns. Rookie Bernie Kosar took over for veteran Gary Danielson during the season when Danielson was injured. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack each rushed for over 1,000 yards. The Browns won the division with an 8-8 record, but that season propelled the team to three AFC Championship games in the next four seasons.

Twenty years later in 2005, the Browns are hoping for a new beginning.

Rookie quarterback Charlie Frye made his first NFL start and Reuben Droughns became the first Browns running back since 1985 to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

However, some things don’t change as the Jaguars scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to overcome a 14-3 deficit and win 20-14. To add insult to injury, the Browns lost rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards to a possible season-ending knee injury after the rookie scored two touchdowns and caught five passes for 86 yards.

“We looked good in the first half, but didn’t in the second half,” Romeo Crennel said.

The Browns scored the game’s only two touchdowns of the first half as Edwards caught two passes from Frye to give the Browns a 14-3 lead.

The first touchdown was a 34-yarder as Edwards jumped up and beat three defenders for the catch. Edwards beat Deke Cooper, Deon Grant and Rashean Mathis to the ball as they drove 78 yards in 5:20. The Jaguars committed two penalties to keep the drive alive.

The second touchdown was a 17-yard slant with 44 seconds to play to give the Browns a 14-3 lead. The Browns went 59 yards in four plays and 30 seconds for the score.

Phil Dawson missed a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter.

After putting up 243 yards of offense in the first half, the Browns were shut down in the second half as they were only able to manage 60 yards in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars were able to get their offense going.

Jacksonville scored a field goal on their first possession of the second half to cut the Browns lead to 14-6.

The Jaguars cut the Browns lead to 14-13 with 5:04 to play in the third quarter when David Garrard hit tight end George Wrighster for a touchdown.

The Jaguars took the lead for good when Garrard hit Jimmy Smith on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 to play in the third quarter.

A 40-yard pass interference called on Leigh Bodden defending Smith was the big play.

The Browns had a chance to get the ball back late, but allowed Garrard to scramble for 28 yards on a third-and-19 to preserve the victory.


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