4 turnovers costly as Dolphins lose to Titans 37-3

Associated Press Published: November 11, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — Reggie Bush lost an early fumble and was benched, while Ryan Tannehill stayed in the game long enough to throw three interceptions.

The four turnovers doomed the Miami Dolphins, who endured their worst home loss since 1968 when they were beaten 37-3 Sunday by the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm embarrassed by the way we played," Tannehill said.

The Titans came into the game on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but their defense outscored Miami's offense. Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.

Two benchings by coach Joe Philbin failed to shake the Dolphins (4-5) out of their malaise. Bush spent most of the first half on the sideline after his early fumble, and guard Richie Incognito sat briefly after committing a costly personal foul penalty.

"It was a dumb mistake on my part," Incognito said.

"I was benched, and I deserved it," Bush said. "If I'm a coach, I would have benched myself too."

The defeat was Miami's most lopsided since January 2000, and their worst at home in 44 years.

"I didn't really see signs of this coming," Philbin said. "Obviously we need to do better, and it starts with me."

Tennessee (4-6) rebounded from a 51-20 defeat a week ago against the Bears that prompted owner Bud Adams to put the organization on notice. The Titans trailed that game 28-2 after one quarter; this week they led 21-0 after 16 minutes.

"It was a huge win," coach Mike Munchak said. "It was exactly what we needed."

With 20 minutes left, the stands were two-thirds empty, and the only remaining drama was whether Chris Johnson would become the first rusher to gain 100 yards against Miami in the past 23 games. He reached the milestone late in the third period and finished with 126 yards in 23 carries and one score.

Tannehill's six-week streak without an interception ended at 107 passes when Akeem Ayers deflected a throw to McCarthy, who sprinted along the sideline to score for a 21-0 lead. McCarthy had just returned to the game after he aggravated a lingering ankle injury.

"I just needed to settle down a little bit," he said. "I got turned a little bit. I just had to take a couple plays off, but I got back in there."

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