Houston Texans notes after 27-7 win at Jacksonville

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HOUSTON TEXANS                                                                        27
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS                                                           7
Paid Attendance:                                                                            62,907
·         Improved Houston’s record to 2-0 on the season. It marks the third consecutive season in which the Texans have won their first two games.


·         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 49-49.


·         Gave Houston two consecutive victories at EverBank Field for the first time in franchise history.

·         Extended the Texans’ winning streak against the Jaguars to four games, the longest in franchise history.


·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Jacksonville to 12-9 overall and 5-6 on the road.

·         Ran 83 offensive plays. That is the most in team history in regulation, topping the previous high of 80, which occurred on 11/12/06 at Jacksonville. Houston ran 86 plays in an overtime game vs. Baltimore on 12/13/10.

·         Set a franchise record for time of possession, holding the ball for 43:17. The previous mark was 40:04 on 10/19/08 vs. Detroit. The Texans held the ball progressively longer in each quarter, with possession totals of 9:36 in the first quarter, 10:05 in the second, 11:25 in the third and 12:11 in the fourth.


·         Ran the ball a team-record 48 times in the game, topping the previous high of 47 set on 10/23/11 at Tennessee. Houston improved to 2-0 this season and 34-5 under Kubiak when running the ball 30 or more times in a game.


·         Outrushed their opponent for the second week in a row, outgaining the Jaguars 216-65 on the ground. The Texans improved to 2-0 this season and 39-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.


·         Won the turnover battle, 1-0. The Texans improved to 2-0 this season and 29-7 under Kubiak when they have a positive turnover margin.


·         Gained 28 first downs in the game, which tied for the second-highest total in a game in team history. The Texans also gained 28 first downs on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore.


·         Scored on a 17-play drive in the third quarter, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by RB Ben Tate. The drive was the fourth-longest, in terms of number of plays, in franchise history.


·         Scored on their opening drive for the first time this season, capping a 13-play, 66-yard drive with a 31-yard field goal from K Shayne Graham.. Houston scored on its opening drive nine times in 2011 and was 5-4 in those games.

·         Scored first for the first time this season. Houston opened the scoring 13 times in 2011 and went 9-4 in those games.


·         Outgained Jacksonville 115-43 in the first quarter and held the ball for 9:36 in the period.


·         Held Jacksonville to a franchise record-low 117 total yards of offense in the game, bettering the previous mark of 126 yards allowed at Jacksonville on 12/26/04.


·         Allowed the first touchdown of the season after a combined 93:16 of playing time. Houston did not allow an offensive touchdown in the season opener vs. Miami or in the first half vs. Jacksonville. The Jaguars scored 3:16 into the third quarter.


·         Held Jacksonville to 43 net yards of offense in the first half. That is the fewest yards allowed in the opening half in team history, bettering the previous mark of 50 yards allowed to San Francisco on 10/25/09. It was the second-fewest yards allowed in a single half in team history; Houston previously held San Diego to 41 yards in the second half on 10/28/07.


·         Limited Jacksonville to -4 net passing yards in the first half. That was the fewest passing yards allowed in a half in team history, betting the previous low of 0 net passing yards allowed to San Diego in the second half on 10/28/07.


·         There have only been 12 teams since 2000 to hold their opponent to fewer net passing yards in the first  half than the -4 than the Texans allowed to Jacksonville.


·         Held Jacksonville’s offense to nine first downs, which tied for the third-fewest allowed in a game in team history. It was the fewest first downs allowed by the Texans since they gave up nine on 11/28/10 vs. Tennessee.


·         Forced Jacksonville’s offense into a three-and-out on seven of 12 possessions. Only one Jacksonville possession – the first of the game – lasted longer than four plays.


·         Did not allow a Jacksonville drive of longer than 37 yards and forced four drives of negative yardage.

·         Led the team with a game-high six receptions, gaining 47 yards.


·         Started his 79th career game, tying him with CB Dunta Robinson for fifth on the franchise’s all-time start list.


·         Caught a pass in his 70th consecutive game, extending the second-longest streak in team history, with a 12-yard grab on Houston’s opening drive.


·         Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season and the 32nd of his career when he scored from 1 yard in the first quarter.

·         Surpassed RB Domanick Williams’ franchise rushing record of 3,195 yards on a 9-yard gain in the second quarter. Foster entered the game with 3,176 career rushing yards and the carry gave him 3,199.


·         Registered his 17th career 100-yard game when he reached the milestone on a 1-yard gain in the fourth quarter. Foster finished the game with 110 yards with one touchdown on 28 carries.

·         Connected on field goal attempts of 31 and 37 yards and made all three extra point tries, giving him nine points in the game.

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 84 with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter. Johnson finished the game with three receptions for 21 yards.


·         Had a second-quarter punt downed at the Jacksonville 5-yard line. It was his 200th career punt downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

·         Sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter. It was his first sack of the season and gave him 7.0 in his career.

·         Completed his 1,500th career pass when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 6-yard gain in the second quarter. Schaub entered the game with 1,486 career completions.


·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 34-32.


·         Was not sacked in 35 pass attempts.

·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The half-sack gave Smith a sack in each of his last three regular-season games played.


·         Scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and the fifth of his career on an 8-yard carry in the second quarter.

·         Went over 1,000 career rushing yards on a 7-yard carry in the third quarter. Tate entered the game with 948 career rushing yards.


·         Tied a career high with his fourth reception of the game. He previously had a pair of four-catch games, most recently in the 2011 season finale vs. Tennessee on 1/1/12.


·         Scored his second rushing touchdown of the season when he found the end zone from 2 yards away. It gave Tate his first career multi-touchdown game.


·         Teamed with DE Antonio Smith to sack Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The half-sack gave Watt a sack in each of his last four games, including last year’s playoffs.


·         Sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for a 7-yard loss in the fourth quarter. The sack gave Watt 1.5 in the game and 3.0 for the season. It was Watt’s third career multi-sack game in regular-season play.


·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career.


·         Led the team with five tackles, including four solos, and recorded two passes defensed.


·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included QB John Beck, OLB Bryan Braman, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR DeVier Posey.


·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.



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