Perry: Urban Meyer comparing Jags' win to national titles 'slight bit of hyperbole'


Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer told reporters on Sunday that his team's first win of the season -- a 23-20 thriller over the Miami Dolphins at London's Tottenham Stadium -- reminded him of how emotional players were in the locker room after winning three national titles at Florida and Ohio State.

Big Ten Network analyst Joshua Perry played for Meyer when the Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff in 2015 and, suffice to say, he believes that Meyer's celebration comparison was somewhat of a stretch.

"Urban enjoys winning, those guys haven't won yet," Perry told The DA Show on Tuesday. "They've probably been through hell, just the way I know how Urban coaches and how he likes to grind guys. So, I'm sure there was a pretty rowdy celebration, just to feel like they had gotten on track and won their first game under that regime. I also think there's a slight bit of hyperbole, because that's who Urban is as well. He kind of describes things as they happen.

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"But I'm excited for him, just to get that under his belt. He's got his rookie quarterback playing pretty well, which is big. I know the last few weeks for that organization haven't exactly been what they wanted. So, to get on track with the win overseas is big, just in terms of capturing the locker room and regaining everyone's focus as they head into these next handful of games."

The Dolphins took a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Tua Tagovailoa threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle. Two possessions later, with less than three minutes left, Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence orchestrated a nine-play drive that set up a game-tying, 54-yard field goal by Michael Wright. After a turnover on downs by Miami near midfield, the Jaguars returned to offense, and Wright drilled a 53-yard game-winner as time expired.

Not only was the win Meyer's first in the pros, but it was also Jacksonville's first victory in 399 days. The franchise entered Sunday on a 20-game losing skid, the second-longest streak in NFL history. Although Wright played the role of hero, Lawrence showed considerable growth in London, completing 25 of 41 passes for 319 yards with one touchdown.

Jacksonville (1-5), which has entered its bye, will visit the Seattle Seahawks (2-4) in a Week 8 matchup on Sunday, Oct. 31. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Jaguars have just a 1-percent chance to reach the playoffs.

The entire football conversation between Perry and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.

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