Final Score: NY Jets 24, Houston 7
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez enjoyed a solid pro debut,
completing 18-of-31 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown as the New York
Jets shut down Houston, 24-7, in the season-opener for both teams from
"We wanted to get a win under our belt. That meant the world to me," Sanchez
noted. "I wanted to play well for the veteran defense, my offensive line and
also for coach Ryan. This is just Week 1 of 16, and I gotta keep things in
Thomas Jones had 107 rushing yards and two scores on 20 attempts for the
Jets (1-0), who gave Rex Ryan a victory in his head coaching debut.
Jerricho Cotchery had six receptions for 90 yards, Dustin Keller hauled in
four balls for 94 yards and Chansi Stuckey caught four for 64 yards and a TD.
Matt Schaub struggled under center, throwing for 166 yards on 18-
of-33 attempts with an interception for the Texans (0-1), who were 8-8 a
season ago. Owen Daniels caught four balls for 44 yards, but Steve Slaton was
limited to 17 rushing yards on nine attempts.
The visitors got rolling on a 16-play, 68-yard scoring drive at the end of the
first quarter, ending on Jay Feely's 24-yard field goal with eight seconds
Slaton's fumble at the Jets' 17 on Houston's longest drive of the first half
fell into the hands of Mike Devito at the 15 for a seven-yard return. New York
then marched 78 yards in 10 plays and took a 10-0 lead when Sanchez connected
with Stuckey on a 30-yard TD pass.
The Jets went up 17-0 on a Jones one-yard run, after holding the ball for the
first 7:25 of the third quarter and going 87 yards in 12 plays.
Houston finally got on the board early in the fourth. Sanchez threw a pass
intended for Keller right into the hands of the Texans' John Busing. He
fumbled on the run back, but the ball was picked up by Dominique Barber and
taken the final 48 yards for a touchdown.
New York responded on the ensuing drive, as Jones burst through the right side
on a 38-yard TD run. The score was set up on the previous play when Sanchez
hit Keller for 40 yards into Texans territory.
Houston's final possession of the contest fell into the hands of Jets
cornerback Lito Sheppard with 7:20 left, and the Jets ran off the remainder of
the clock aided by three first downs.
"It's hard for me to pinpoint just one thing. I was most disappointed
offensively, how we played," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "The lack of
offense gave us no chance."
The Jets have won all four meetings since the Texans entered the league in
2002...Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter was inactive for the contest.
New York hosts New England next Sunday, and Houston travels to
Tennessee...Slaton was held to one yard rushing on six attempts in the first
half as Houston ended with just 38 total yards on the ground, compared to 190
for New York...The Jets racked up 462 yards total offense to 183 for the
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