NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Houston Texans stayed perfect in the
preseason, and Deuce McAllister made a promising return from his
second knee reconstruction in three seasons for the New Orleans
Matt Schaub was 14-of-16 passing for 187 yards and two
touchdowns, helping Houston (2-0) take a 31-27 victory over New
Orleans (1-1) on Saturday night.
The final score wasn't the main concern for fans in the
Louisiana Superdome, who howled "Deuce!" when the Saints' career
rushing leader made his first appearance in a game since Week 3 of
Gaining positive yards all six times he touched the ball,
McAllister strung together several short gains and converted three
first downs during a touchdown drive that helped New Orleans take a
20-17 lead at halftime.
Houston rookie Steve Slaton carried 13 times for 57 yards and the game-winning touchdown.