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Jaguars Rally to Beat Giants, 25-24

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Despite trailing 21-0 in the first half, the Jacksonville Jaguars rallied and defeated the New York Giants 25-24 on a late Josh Scobee field goal on Sunday. The Jaguars (2-10) forced three fumbles in the win, returning two of them for touchdowns.

The Giants (3-10) got on the board first when Rashad Jennings scored on the first play of the second quarter, running in from two yards out. New York added another score less than four minutes later as Eli Manning found Preston Parker for a three-yard touchdown strike. Jennings then rumbled for another touchdown, this one from 17 yards out, to put the Giants up 21-0 with 6:30 to play in the half.

Jacksonville finally scored when Scobee knocked home a 28-yard field goal just before the two-minute warning. That was the start of 22 unanswered points for the Jaguars, helping to complete the comeback.

Aiding in the effort was a pair of New York fumbles. Geno Hayes stripped Manning early in the third quarter and J.T. Thomas recovered in the end zone to make it a 21-10 Giants lead.

After the defense was able to hold off the Giants again, Blake Bortles found Marqise Lee for a 30-yard touchdown to bring the Jaguars within one possession. New York looked to drive and regain momentum, but a Larry Donnell fumble was picked up Aaron Colvin and returned 41 yards for a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion put Jacksonville ahead 22-21 with just under 13 minutes left in regulation.

The Giants took the lead back on a Josh Brown 33-yard field goal with 3:26 remaining. Jacksonville's offense powered through, going 55 yards in three minutes, culminating in a 43-yard field goal from Scobee to take a 25-24 advantage.

Manning was stripped on the next play, the third fumble of the day for New York, ultimately ending the game. Despite the two fumbles, Manning was 24-for-34 passing for 247 yards and one touchdown, while Jennings ran for 91 yards and two scores. Jacksonville was paced by 194 passing yards from Bortles, one touchdown and 68 rushing yards.

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Jaguars Stun Browns, Get First Win of Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Denard Robinson rushed for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown while the Jacksovnille defense held Cleveland to just 69 yards on the ground en route to a 24-6 Jaguars win on Sunday. It was the first win of the year for Jacksonville (1-6), snapping a nine-game losing streak.

The Browns (3-3) took a 6-0 lead with a pair of field goals from Billy Cundiff despite being inside the 20-yard line on both drives. They found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard just before halftime when Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson connected for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Jacksonville added to their lead in the third quarter with a Josh Scobee field goal, the only points by either team in that period. The Jaguars let their defense do the rest, keeping the league's third-best rushing attack in check while forcing three turnovers. The victory was the first for the franchise since Dec. 15, 2013 when they beat the Houston Texans.

Only adding to the Browns' frustration was the inability to score on three interceptions of Bortles. Quarterback Brian Hoyer was just 16-for-41 passing with 215 yards while Ben Tate rushed for a team-high 36 yards.

Robinson, a star quarterback at Michigan in college, carried the ball 22 times and scored on an eight-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that put Jacksonville ahead 17-6.

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Jaguars Sign Blake Bortles 

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars signed their rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on Wednesday.

Bortles was drafted by the team with the No. 3 pick and signed a four-year contract worth $20.65 million.

"It's awesome," Bortles told on Wednesday. "It's a once in a lifetime thing to sign your first contract, it's a cool feeling." 

Chad Henne is scheduled to be the starter in 2014, but Bortles is taking everything in stride as he prepares for training camp in July.

"I'm trying to get better each and every day and trying to improve what I can do," Bortles told the website.

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Draft Round 1:

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4. Buffalo Bills traded with Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Browns traded with Vikings - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

13. St. Louis Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14. Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16. Dallas Cowboys - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

19. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

20. New Orleans Saints traded with Cardinals - Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

21. Green Bay Packers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

22. Cleveland Browns traded with Eagles - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State

25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

27. Arizona Cardinals - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

28. Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, DB, North Illinois

31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32. Minnesota Vikings traded with Seahawks - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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ESPN: UCF's Blake Bortles Entering NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- University of Central Florida redshirt junior quarterback Blake Bortles will declare for this year's NFL Draft, according to ESPN College Football Insider Joe Schad.

Bortles is expected to make the official announcement Monday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 227 pound Bortles completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,581 yards 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while leading UCF to a 12-1 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl.

Scouts Inc. lists Bortles as second to only Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater for quarterbacks in the 2014 Draft.

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(15) Central Florida Storms to Fiesta Bowl Victory Over (6) Baylor

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Storm Johnson rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Central Florida overcame three turnovers to defeat No. 6 Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl Wednesday.

"It was a great team victory," UCF head coach George O'Leary said to ESPN. "Offensively we put points on the board and our defense slowed them down. They're a great offense, Baylor, but I thought they (UCF) went out and did what they were supposed to do game plan wise, and offensively got some chunk plays in the second half and we outscored them."

A big reason for that was due to junior quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles threw for 301 yards, rushed for another 93 and accounted for four touchdowns in the win.

"I really couldn't be more proud to be a part of this team, this university," Bortles told ESPN. "There's not many people in the country that gave us a shot tonight and I think we really came out and showed the country what UCF is about."

If point spreads measure belief then Bortles is right. UCF (12-1) came into the game as 17-point underdogs. But the Knights quickly made it known they meant business scoring touchdowns on their first two offensive drives in what ended up as the second-highest scoring game in BCS bowl history.

Baylor (11-2) may have not won the game but it did set a record. The Bears broke the NCAA record for most points scored in a 13-game season when quarterback Bryce Petty ran in a 13-yard touchdown. That play gave Baylor 659 points, pushing them past the 652 points Texas scored in 2005.

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(18) UCF Routs Rutgers 41-17

Banana Stock(ORLANDO, Fla.) --  Blake Bortles threw for 335 yards and a touchdown as No. UCF moved closer to the American Athletic Conference title with a 41-17 rout of Rutgers.

UCF (9-1, 6-0 AAC) remained unbeaten in conference play and lead both Louisville and Cincinnati by one game for sole possession of first place.

"I thought Blake was pretty much on the whole game," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "They put a lot of pressure on him, but he was exceptional as far as taking plays that weren't there and making something good out of them."

Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown before halftime to close to within 28-14, but the Scarlet Knights were unable to get any closer in the second half.

Gary Nova passed for 107 yards and an interception as the Scarlet Knights lost for the fourth time in five games after a 4-1 start to the season.

"There's no surprise why they're having the season they're having," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "Their quarterback is an exceptional player, excellent decision-maker, and very accurate passer. We had opportunities to get him on the ground in the first half, and we couldn't do it."

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South Carolina Loses QB Shaw, Edges UCF 28-25 

Joe Robbins/ Getty Images (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- No. 12 South Carolina held off a fiesty UCF team for a 28-25 win on Saturday afternoon, but they lost their starting quarterback in the process.

Connor Shaw sprained his right shoulder on the team's opening drive and left the game.  Head coach Steve Spurrier said after the game that Shaw is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

He was replaced by Dylan Thompson, who passed for 261 yards and an interception.  Thompson also had a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Gamecocks ahead 14-10.

Mike Davis ran for 167 yards and three scores to help the Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 SEC) escape Orlando with a win despite their four turnovers.

"Somebody on top is looking out for our team right now because our mental decisions that we were making, we easily could have lost," Spurrier said.

UCF (3-1) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to get to within three points, but it wasn't enough to top the Gamecocks.

Blake Bortles threw for 358 yards and two touchdown passes, but was picked off twice and lost a fumble.

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