Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Arian Foster ran for 112 yards and a score,
while Matt Schaub threw for 225 yards and rushed for a touchdown as the
Houston Texans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-14.
"There was one thing we couldn't do, we couldn't turn the ball over and we
went out there and did it. We did it twice and it led to two touchdowns for
them," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "But we had a defense that stood up
today and said we're going to win the game."
Houston's defense limited Jacksonville's offense to just 174 total yards.
Kevin Walter caught five balls for 70 yards, Owen Daniels hauled in four
passes for 60 yards and Jacoby Jones had three receptions for 59 yards for
Houston (5-3), which won its second straight game without Andre Johnson
after losing its previous two games without the star receiver.
Blaine Gabbert played through a bruised ribs injury -- which he suffered on
Jacksonville's opening drive -- and struggled, passing for just 97 yards with
a touchdown and two interceptions on 10-of-30 passing.
"We've struggled on offense this year in our passing game, everybody's aware
of that. We'll keep hearing about it until we do something about it to make
it better. Right now it's not very threatening," Jaguars head coach Jack Del
Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 63 yards and a score on 18 carries for the Jaguars
(2-6), which couldn't continue their momentum after a 12-7 victory over
Baltimore on Monday night.
Jones' 33-yard punt return set up the Texans in Jacksonville territory at the
44-yard line on Houston's opening possession of the second half. The Texans
took advantage of the short field as Joel Dreesen hauled in a seven-yard TD
pass to give Houston a 14-7 lead.
Jason Allen intercepted Gabbert's pass intended for Mike Sims-Walker on the
first play of the fourth quarter and the Texans took over at the Jacksonville
40-yard line. Foster extended Houston's lead to 21-7 with a four-yard score.
Ben Tate scampered for an 18-yard run on Houston's next possession, but Dawan
Landry forced a fumble, which Dwight Lowery returned 23 yards to the Texans'
41-yard line. On the same play, a low block penalty on Daniels moved the ball
to the 26-yard line. Gabbert converted a 4th-and-4 with a five-yard completion
to Mike Thomas and Jones-Drew got in from two yards out a play later to make
it 21-14 with 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Houston went 59 yards in nine plays and ran 4:57 off the clock on its ensuing
possession. Daniels caught a 30-yard pass on 3rd-and-5 and Neil Rackers nailed
a 39-yard field goal to put the game away with 18 seconds left in the game.
Schaub concluded an impressive opening 12-play, 80-yard march which took 6:39
off the clock with a two-yard TD run. Schaub moved the chains on third down
twice with a 16-yard strike to Jones on 3rd-and-3, and a 12-yard completion to
Foster on 3rd-and-12. Walter also had a key 25-yard reception on the
Gabbert scrambled 11 yards to pick up a 3rd-and-10 midway through the first
quarter, but was hit simultaneously by safety Glover Quin and linebacker Brian
Cushing while sliding. Luke McCown came on at quarterback while Gabbert had
his ribs wrapped up on the sideline.
After a Houston punt, Gabbert was back on the field and the ribs looked fine
as he fired a strike to Jarrett Dillard for a 12-yard gain on the first play
of the drive. But once again, the Jaguars picked up just one first down before
In a wild play, Clint Session came from the blind side and hit Schaub hard,
who fumbled. Matt Roth scooped the ball up at the Houston 30-yard line and
lateralled to Terrance Knighton who then flipped to Session who advanced the
ball to the Houston eight-yard line. Gabbert found Jason Hill for a five-yard
score two plays into the drive to tie the game at seven with 5:41 remaining in
the second quarter.
Gabbert got the ball back with 4:37 left in the second quarter and led
Jacksonville 49 yards to the Houston 23-yard line, but Brian Cushing
intercepted Gabbert's pass intended for Deji Karim at the 21-yard line and
returned the pick five yards to the 26.
With 1:02 to play until the half, Schaub completed a 17-yard pass to Walter,
while Daniels hauled in passes of 11 and 13 yards to set up a Rackers 46-
yard field goal attempt. But his kick sailed wide right with four seconds left
Foster went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the 12th time in his
career which set a Texans franchise record. Domanick Davis held the previous
mark with 11 100-yard plus performances...Tate rushed for 42 yards on five
carries...Johnson missed his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring
injury...The Texans came into the contest tied for the AFC lead with 19 sacks,
but Brooks Reed recorded the only sack of the game for Houston.
10/30 19:21:07 ET
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