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Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo fondly remembers time with Tampa Bay Rowdies

JACKSONVILLE — As second sports go, football is working out well for Jaguars K Josh Lambo.

The 27-year-old had a field goal and extra point in Sunday's 10-3 playoff win over the Bills, but area soccer fans may remember him as a 19-year-old goalkeeper who played six games with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2010.

"That was really my only professional starts as a goalie — that was special to me, so I can officially check off that I've played two pro sports," said Lambo, who still has fond memories of playing at Steinbrenner Field and eating at Westshore Pizza. "That was a good year for me."

This past year hasn't been bad, either. Cut by the Chargers just before the season opener, he worked out for five teams, including the Bucs when they made their kicking change in October.

He was one of five kickers the Bucs brought in, though they chose to sign Patrick Murray. A week later, he signed with the Jaguars, and he promptly went 19-for-20 on field goals in the regular season.

"I can't imagine having a better fit, being on this team and in this city," said Lambo, who walked on at Texas A&M in 2012 after making the switch to football and played with Bucs WR Mike Evans. "My fiancee and I love it here. We love the team, the organization and the fans. It couldn't have worked out any better for us."

Rare touchdown

The game's only TD had an unlikely target: Jaguars backup TE Ben Koyack, who had just five catches all season.

Facing fourth and goal at the 1-yard line late in the third quarter, the Jaguars went for it and faked a handoff to rookie RB Leonard Fournette, who'd been stopped at the 1 on second down and stuffed for no gain on third. QB Blake Bortles found Koyack with a quick throw to the back of the end zone, Koyack's second touchdown reception in his two seasons.

"It was a play we felt confident in — when the look was right, it was the play call," Koyack said. "It's very special. Anytime I can help us win, can represent my family and friends, it's something special."

Opened the door

The Jaguars got back in the game with a field goal just before halftime, and it was only made possible by questionable play-calling by the Bills.

At their 10-yard line with 1:01 left, the Bills could have gone into halftime with a 3-0 lead. But they threw incomplete on second down to stop the clock then ran out of bounds short of the first down to stop it again, punting with 47 seconds left.

The Jaguars got runs of 20 and 12 yards by QB Blake Bortles — he rushed for a career-best 89 yards on the day — to set up Josh Lambo's 44-yard field goal to tie the score with two seconds left.

Incognito under fire

Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue said Bills G Richie Incognito used a racist slur, tweeting out that "64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I'm proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league."

This and that

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus was on hand to see his grandson, former FSU TE Nick O'Leary, who had two catches for 22 yards for the Bills. … Former Largo High and Bucs CB Leonard Johnson had a sack and forced fumble as well as four tackles for the Bills. Blake High graduate Ryan Davis had one tackle for Buffalo. … The Jaguars' playoff win is the first by any Florida NFL team in 10 years, since Jacksonville won on Jan. 5, 2008. The Bucs' last playoff win was in January 2003, and the Dolphins' was in December 2000.

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo fondly remembers time with Tampa Bay Rowdies 01/07/18 [Last modified: Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:53pm]
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