National Football League
               === McGloin shines as Raiders hold off Texans ===
 Houston,  TX (  - Matt McGloin threw for 197 yards and three
 touchdowns in his first NFL start, and the Oakland defense came up with a late
 goal-line  stand as the Raiders held off the reeling Houston Texans, 28-23, at
 Reliant Stadium.
 McGloin, making the start in place of an injured Terrelle Pryor, completed 18-
 of-32  passes.  Rashad Jennings racked up  150 rushing yards, including an 80-
 yard  TD  scamper late  in the third  quarter that gave  Oakland (4-6) a 28-17
 Matt  Schaub replaced  an ineffective  Case Keenum  under center  on Houston's
 next series and guided the Texans (2-8) on a pair of scoring drives that Randy
 Bullock  capped  with field goals  of 26 and  30 yards, respectively, to bring
 Houston within five with just over eight minutes left in the fourth.
 After  the teams exchanged three-and-outs, Houston forced another Oakland punt
 and Schaub found Andre Johnson for 22 yards two plays later to move Houston to
 the Oakland 35.
 Ben  Tate touched the ball on the next four plays to get Houston to the 2-yard
 line,  but the Texans  running back was stuffed for a 1-yard loss on 3rd-and-1
 from the two.
 After  a  false start  penalty  left  Houston  facing a  do-or-die  4th-and-7,
 Schaub's  pass  to the end zone  was batted away,  and the Raiders ran out the
 remainder of the clock to escape with the victory.
 "We  played  great today," McGloin  said. "What can  you say about the defense
 there in the end? That's one of the big reasons why we won the game obviously.
 I'm really happy about that."
 Rod  Streater and Mychal Rivera each added a touchdown grab for Oakland, which
 had  lost its last  eight road games since a victory in Kansas City on Oct. 28
 of last year.
 Keenum  completed 13-of-24  passes  for 170  yards and  a  touchdown with  one
 interception,  but  was removed  after the Texans  went three-and-out on their
 first three possessions of the second half.
 "It's  a business, and the business is the game, and the game is producing and
 playing  well,"  Keenum said.  "I wasn't the  best thing for  the team at that
 point, I guess."
 Schaub  finished 12-of-25 for 155 yards in relief, while Garrett Graham caught
 seven passes for a game-high 136 yards and a score for the Texans, who dropped
 their eighth straight game despite the return of head coach Gary Kubiak.
 Kubiak, who suffered a mini-stroke during halftime of Houston's Week 9 loss to
 Indianapolis, called offensive plays from the press box.
 "I  didn't like being  up there, but if that's what they want me to do, that's
 what  I'll  do," Kubiak said  of coaching from the  press box. "You don't feel
 emotion up there and stuff."
 The  Texans turned  the ball over deep  in their own territory on two of their
 first  three possessions  and the Raiders found the end zone after each miscue
 to build a 14-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
 Graham  was stripped  by Charles  Woodson  at the  end  of a  10-yard grab  on
 Houston's  third play  from scrimmage and Phillip Adams returned the fumble 26
 yards to the Houston 16.
 McGloin's  first  NFL touchdown gave  Oakland the lead  six plays later, as he
 found Denarius Moore on a quick slant for a 5-yard score and a 7-0 edge.
 "I  was more  anxious to get going  and things like that," McGloin said of his
 first  start. "But  things  really couldn't  have started  any  better for  us
 getting the ball in that position and then going and scoring."
 Houston  went three-and-out  on its  second touch  and Nick  Roach picked  off
 Keenum's  next pass  on the  first play  of the  Texans' third  drive to  give
 Oakland possession at the Houston 16.
 McGloin  made good on  the turnover on the next play, firing a 16-yard scoring
 strike to Streater to make it 14-0 with 3:45 left in the opening frame.
 Keenum got Houston on the board early in the second with a quick 4-play series
 that he capped with 42-yard touchdown pass to Graham.
 Keenum  faked  a run on  the play, rolled right,  and slipped through a tackle
 before  catching  his balance along  the sideline and  heaving a deep ball for
 Graham,  who hauled in  the score in the front of the end zone to make it 14-7
 just over three minutes into the second.
 Houston's  special  teams unit came up  with a big  play later in the frame to
 even the score, as Keshawn Martin returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown.
 Martin fumbled the ball briefly when a short-hop handcuffed him as he tried to
 field  the  punt, but  the speedy  return man  calmly scooped  up the ball and
 weaved  his way down  the middle of the field for his first career punt return
 After  Oakland went three-and-out on its next possession, Bullock buried a 51-
 yard field goal to send Houston into halftime with a 17-14 edge.
 Following  an exchange  of punts  to  open the  second half,  McGloin led  the
 Raiders  on a  5-play, 73-yard scoring drive, culminating in a 26-yard TD pass
 to Rivera that put the Raiders on top, 21-17, with 8:13 left in the third.
 Oakland  then  forced back-to-back three-and-outs from Houston before Jennings
 took  a direct snap  out of the Wildcat and surged 80 yards off the left side,
 as  he ran over  safety D.J. Swearinger and galloped down the sideline to make
 it 28-17 in favor of Oakland late in the third.
                                   Game Notes
 McGloin's  three TD passes were the most by an Oakland quarterback this season
 ... Houston's eight-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history ...
 Johnson finished with a game-high 10 catches for 116 yards ... Tate totaled 88
 yards  on 19 totes ... Streater caught six passes for a team-high 84 yards ...
 Houston finished a woeful 2-for-16 on third-down efficiency.
 11/17 20:13:39 ET

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