Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) passes the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington’s third-string quarterback Colt McCoy led Washington’s NFL team to a close victory over the Tennessee Titans, 19-17, on Oct. 19 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.
McCoy replaced Kirk Cousins in the second half after Cousins threw his eighth interception in five games.
Tennessee quarterback Charlie Whitehurst capitalized on Washington’s turnover with a 14-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kendall Wright at the end of the first half. However, it only took McCoy two snaps in the second half to get Washington’s offense rolling, as he threw a short pass to receiver Pierre Garcon who broke loose for a beautiful 70-yard touchdown. The reception gave Washington’s NFL team a 13-10 lead over Tennessee.
In the fourth quarter, Whitehurst hit Derek Hagan with a 38-yard touchdown pass to put the Titans up by one point with 7:41 left to play.
Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) kicks the game winning field goal as Tress Way holds, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 19-17. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
However, Washington kicker Kai Forbath was the hero of the afternoon. Forbath made all four of his field goals, including two in the fourth quarter. McCoy led his team into field goal range with a 10-play, 76-yard drive—capped by a pass to DeSean Jackson that drew a pass-interference penalty to set up a 22-yard Forbath kick as time expired.
Washington Redskins free safety E.J. Biggers (30) blocks a pass to Tennessee Titans tight end Chase Coffman (86) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown after replacing Cousins in the third quarter. Before he was benched, Cousins was 10 for 16 for 139 yards and one interception.
McCoy’s performance against the Titans only adds to the quarterback controversy in Washington. Cousins had started in place of Robert Griffin III, who is sidelined with a dislocated left ankle. However, Cousins already has 11 turnovers this season, while McCoy appeared calm, cool and collected in his first appearance.
Titans quarterback Whitehurst completed 17 of 26 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Garcon led Washington with five receptions for 87 yards, while Wright led Tennessee with six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson had a team-high 14 tackles.
Washington’s NFL team snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 2-5 with the win. They will face off against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 27 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.