Houston Texans postgame notes after beating Broncos

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· Improved Houston’s record to 3-0 on the season, giving the Texans their first 3-0 start in franchise history.

· Gave Houston its first win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

· Evened the all-time series record between the Texans and the Broncos at 2-2 and improved Houston’s record at Denver to 1-2.

· Was Houston’s 50th against AFC competition in team history. The Texans improved to 50-73 against AFC opponents all-time.

· Won his 50th game as Texans head coach and improved his career record to 50-49.

· Was his 20th road win as Texas head coach, improving his record to 20-30 in away games.

· Scored more than 30 points for the second time this season and the 23rd time under Kubiak. Prior to Kubiak’s arrival, Houston had scored more than 30 points twice in 64 games.

· Engineered a 14-play, 97-yard touchdown drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. It was Houston’s longest drive of the season and the fourth-longest in team history. It was the longest since a 99-yard touchdown drive vs. Baltimore on 12/13/10.

· Outrushed Denver 152-59. The Texans are 3-0 this season and 40-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

· Combined to run the ball 34 times for 152 yards. The Texans improved to 3-0 this season and 35-5 under Kubiak when they run the ball 30 or more times.

· Surrendered two turnovers, which were the first two of the season for the team. Houston lost the turnover battle, 2-0.

· Controlled time of possession for the third consecutive game, holding the ball for 31:40. The Texans improved to 3-0 this season and 41-18 under Kubiak when winning the time of possession battle.

· Gave up a safety on the first offensive play of the game when QB Matt Schaub was sacked in the end zone by Denver DE Elvis Dumervil. It was the first safety allowed by the Texans since 11/9/08 vs. Baltimore on a penalty in the end zone.

· Led after the first quarter for the second time this season and the second consecutive game, led at halftime for the third consecutive game and led after three quarters for the third consecutive game. Houston improved to 2-0, 3-0 and 3-0 when leading after the first, second and third quarters, respectively.

· Registered 12 passes defensed in the game, which is tied for the fifth-most in team history and is the most since 12/4/11 vs. Atlanta, when they also had 12. The 12 passes defensed is also tied for the most in a game under Kubiak.

· Limited the Denver offense to 43 yards in the third quarter, 42 of which came on Denver’s last two plays of the period.

· Limited the Denver offense to 1-of-3 on trips to the red zone in the game. For the season, Houston has allowed two touchdowns on seven red zone possessions (28.6 percent).

· Allowed a touchdown to the opposing offense for the second time this season when Denver QB Peyton Manning hit WR Brandon Stokley for a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The previous touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert to Maurice Jones-Drew last week at Jacksonville (9/16).

· Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 71 on a 2-yard catch in the first quarter.

· Caught the 21st touchdown pass of his career and his first of the season when he took a pass from QB Matt Schaub 14 yards for a score in the third quarter.

· Started the 80th game of his career.

· Registered a career high and finished tied for second on the team with seven tackles (six solos), including one tackle for loss and a pass defensed. His previous career high was six tackles vs. Tennessee on 1/1/12.

· Surpassed 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game and the 18th time in his career, finishing with 105 yards on 25 carries. It marked the seventh time in his career that Foster has topped 100 rushing yards in consecutive games.

· Rushed for 22 yards around right end late in the first quarter. It was his longest carry of the season.

· Caught his first touchdown pass of the season and the fifth of his career when he took a swing pass from QB Matt Schaub and scored from 3 yards out in the second quarter.

· Started his 30th career game. In his 30 starts, Foster has rushed for 3,021 yards on 659 carries, an average of 4.6 yards per attempt, and has scored 28 rushing touchdowns. He has also caught 115 passes for 1,122 yards (9.8 avg.) and four touchdowns as a starter.

· Established a career single-game high with his second reception of the day, a gain of 12 yards in the second quarter. Graham entered the game with two career receptions for 39 yards.

· Connected on a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter. Graham improved to 5-of-6 on field goal attempts this season. Graham scored seven points in the game (1 FG, 4 PATs), giving him 993 career points.

· Led the team and tied a career high with eight tackles (seven solos) and had one pass defensed. He previously had eight tackles on 9/25/11 at New Orleans.

· Caught his second pass of the season when he hooked up with QB Matt Schaub for a 46-yard catch and run in the third quarter. Jean had a 9-yard catch in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

· Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 85 with a 60-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Johnson finished the game with two catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

· The 60-yard touchdown catch was Johnson’s 54th career touchdown and second of the season. It was his eighth catch of 60 yards or longer in his career and his fifth career touchdown of 60 or more.

· Surpassed 7,000 receiving yards under Head Coach Gary Kubiak (2006-present) on the 60-yard touchdown catch. Johnson now has 7,062 yards on 511 receptions (13.8 avg.) and 42 touchdowns under Kubiak.

· Surpassed 30,000 career punting yards in the game. He entered the game with 29,896 career punting yards.

· Caught his first career pass when he hauled in an 18-yard pass to convert a first down in the second quarter.

· Recorded his first career rushing attempt, gaining 21 yards on an end-around in the second quarter.

· Teamed with DE J.J. Watt for a 5-yard sack of Denver QB Peyton Manning in the first quarter. It gave Reed 1.5 sacks on the season and sacks in consecutive games.

· Completed 17-of-30 pass attempts for 290 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 115.3. It marked Schaub’s second game this season with a passer rating of better than 100

· Threw his 100th career touchdown pass when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 60-yard score in the first quarter. Johnson also caught Schaub’s 20th, 30th, 40th, 70th and 80th touchdowns, and has caught 30 touchdowns in total from Schaub.

· Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 3-yard score on a swing pass early in the second quarter. It gave him his 33rd career multi-touchdown game.

· Hit WR Kevin Walter for a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was the second time Schaub has thrown two touchdowns of longer than 50 yards in a game. He hit WR Jacoby Jones for an 80-yard score and Foster for a 78-yarder at Tampa Bay on 11/13/11.

· Registered his 10th career game with three or more touchdown passes and his first since 9/25/11 at New Orleans. It was his third career game with three touchdowns in the first half and his first since 9/27/09 vs. Jacksonville.

· Had a streak of 104 consecutive passes without an interception broken when he was picked off on his 17th attempt of the game. The streak, which dated back to last season, tied the second-longest in franchise history, trailing his own streak of 110 in 2010.

· Tied his career high with his fourth touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 14-yard score in the third quarter. Schaub has thrown for four touchdowns in two previous games, most recently on 10/18/09 at Cincinnati.

· Caught his first touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 52-yard scoring throw from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. It was Walter’s 24th career touchdown catch and his longest touchdown catch since 12/7/08 when he caught a 58-yarder at Green Bay.

· Led the team with 73 receiving yards on three catches. The 73 yards were his most since he had 76 yards on 12/11/11 at Cincinnati, and his touchdown catch was his first since he scored the game-winning touchdown in that game.

· Set a career single-game high when he sacked Denver QB Peyton Manning for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter, giving him 2.5 sacks in the game. His previous high was 1.5 sacks, which he has done in each of the previous two games.

· Teamed with OLB Brooks Reed for a 5-yard sack of Denver QB Peyton Manning in the first quarter. It gave Watt 3.5 sacks on the season and sacks in five consecutive games, including last year’s playoffs, and in all three regular-season games this season.

· Sacked Manning for a loss of 3 yards in the second quarter. The sack gave him 4.5 for the season and 10.0 in his career. Watt has now recorded 1.5 sacks in all three games this season.

· Finished tied for second on the team with seven tackles (six solos), including four tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.

· Made his 2012 debut when he came on for QB Matt Schaub for one play in the third quarter.

· Inactive players for the Texans included QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, ILB Tim Dobbins, G Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR DeVier Posey.

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

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

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