Cecil Shorts went from Homecoming Zero to Homecoming Hero on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
His return to his hometown marred by two drops, Shorts showed up when it mattered most, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 40 seconds remaining to give the Jaguars a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.

The Jaguars, who started 0-8, have won three of their last four games.

After Shorts’ touchdown, the Browns drove to their own 47-yard line before Brandon Weeden’s pass was knocked down by safety Chris Prosinski in the end zone as time expired.

Shorts’ catch capped a 9-play, 80-yard drive that started with 3:55 remaining and was needed because Cleveland had taken a 28-25 lead on Weeden’s 95-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon.

The Jaguars’ winning drive started at their own 20 and they moved into Cleveland territory on catches of 25 yards by Ace Sanders and 16 yards by Shorts.

After the two-minute warning, Maurice Jones-Drew converted a third-and-1 with a 4-yard run to the 21-yard line.

Three plays later, on third-and-9 from the Cleveland 20, Henne found Shorts in the end zone. The play was upheld after a replay review.

The Jaguars led 20-14 at halftime after scoring 13 points in the final 79 seconds of the first half.

Cleveland re-took the lead on its opening third-quarter possession, an 80-yard drive capped on Weeden’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Greg Little. A big play was a 15-yard penalty on Jaguars safety Winston Guy (filling in for the injured Josh Evans), who was flagged for a high hit on Gordon.

Gordon lost his helmet and his head on the field and was taken to the locker room, but returned to the game late in the third quarter.

Cleveland led 21-20 entering the fourth quarter – the Jaguars’ offense had only 5 yards in the third quarter.

The Jaguars’ took a 22-21 lead with 7:42 remaining when Cleveland center Alex Mack airmailed a shotgun snap over Weeden’s head. Weeden smartly decided to kick the fumble out of the end zone for the Jaguars’ third safety of the year.