Blake Bortles, who was the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, achieved a big milestone in Sunday’s 42-39 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
With 4:52 left to play in the third quarter, Bortles broke the Jaguars single-season passing touchdown record with a 1-yard pass to Allen Robinson, according to ESPN. Bortles’ 24th end-zone completion of the season put him ahead of former record holder David Garrard, who set the record in 2010. The former UCF quarterback went on to throw five touchdown passes in the loss.
Bortles, who led the Knights to their first BCS bowl championship victory in program history after beating the No. 6 Baylor Bears in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, threw for 3,581 yards during his redshirt junior season and 3,059 yards his sophomore season. He and Daunte Culpepper are the only two UCF quarterbacks to surpass the 3,000-yard mark in two separate seasons.
Bortles is in his second year with the Jacksonville, which is in third place in the AFC South division with a record of 4-8. Last year, the team went 3-13 and did not make the postseason.
Evan Abramson is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.