HOUSTON TEXANS 37
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 9
Paid Attendance: 56,037
· Improved the Texans to 7-3, the best record through 10 games in franchise history. It also marks the first time the Texans have been four games above .500.
· Extended Houston’s winning streak to four games, tying a franchise record from 2009.
· Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 44-46 and 2-0 against Tampa Bay.
· Improved Houston’s record against Tampa Bay to 2-1 in the all-time series and gave the Texans their first win at Raymond James Stadium.
TEAM OFFENSE NOTES
· The Texans outrushed the Buccaneers 185-90. It was the seventh time this season and fourth consecutive game in which Houston outrushed its opponent. The team improved to 6-1 in those games and 35-13 under Kubiak when outrushing its opponent.
· The Texans ran the ball 44 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns in the win, improving the team’s record to 7-0 this season and 30-3 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
· The Texans won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 35:06, and improved to 7-2 in those games.
· Houston scored on its opening possession for the seventh time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the sixth time this year. The Texans have now scored 44 points on their game-opening possessions, which is the most in the NFL this season.
· The Texans scored on their opening possession of the second half for the fifth consecutive game, going 65 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Arian Foster. The touchdown gave Houston 34 points on their second-half opening possessions this year.
· Houston had two completions of more than 60 yards in the same game for the first time in franchise history. The only times Houston has had multiple passes of 50 yards or more were earlier this season vs. Oakland (10/9), when RB Arian Foster had a 60-yard reception and TE Joel Dreessen had a 56-yard touchdown catch; and at Jacksonville on 12/24/05, when WR Andre Johnson caught a 53-yard touchdown and WR Corey Bradford caught a 50-yard touchdown.
· Houston’s 91-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the Texans’ League-best seventh scoring drive of 90 yards or more this season.
· Houston’s second drive covered 80 yards and took 7:24 off the clock before ending with a 22-yard field goal. It was the Texans’ League-leading 21st drive of 5:00 or more this season.
TEAM DEFENSE NOTES
· Houston’s three interceptions tied for the third-most in a game in franchise history. The Texans had four interceptions on 10/17/04 at Tennessee and 11/12/06 at Jacksonville.
· The three interceptions raised the team’s total to 14 on the season, surpassing last year’s total of 13 interceptions.
· Houston’s defense held Tampa Bay to 9 points. It was the seventh game this season and fourth consecutive game in which the defense held its opponent below 20 points.
· The Texans recorded four takeaways without giving up any turnovers of their own for a plus-four turnover margin. It marked the seventh time this season that Houston posted a positive turnover margin, and the team improved to 5-2 in those games.
· The Texans defense has intercepted at least one pass in nine consecutive games.
· Houston has scored 90 points off of 20 takeaways this season, including 14 points off of four takeaways today. The Texans have scored following 14 of their 20 takeaways this year.
· The Texans defense held Tampa Bay to 1 yard of total offense in the third quarter. That is the fewest yards allowed in the third period in franchise history, bettering the previous low of 6 yards at Cincinnati (10/18/09).
· The Texans defense sacked Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman four times in the game. Coming into the game, he had only been sacked 10 times on the season.
· The four sacks raised the defense’s total to 28.0 on the year, nearly matching the 16-game total of 30.0 from 2010.
· The Texans defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt for the second consecutive game.
· Houston led after the first quarter for the ninth time in 10 games this season, at halftime for the eighth time and after three quarters for the ninth time.
· Tampa Bay K Connor Barth’s 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the sixth field goal of 50 yards or longer by a Texans opponent this season, which is tied for the most against any team in the NFL this season along with Minnesota. Texans opponents are 6-of-6 from 50+ yards this season.
· Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
· The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
· Successfully challenged a play in the first quarter that an apparent interception was an incomplete pass. The successful challenge improved Kubiak’s record on challenges to 2-3 this season and 12-25 in his career.
OLB CONNOR BARWIN
· Notched his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.
· Added a half-sack on Tampa’s next possession, teaming with DE J.J. Watt to drop Freeman for a 7-yard loss. The sack gave Barwin 4.5 on the season, matching his career single-season high from 2009.
ILB BRIAN CUSHING
· Registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Cushing 8.5 for his career.
· Intercepted his second pass of the season when he caught a deflected pass in the third quarter. It was his sixth career interception.
· Led the team with eight tackles, all solos. It marked the eighth time in 10 games that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.
TE OWEN DANIELS
· Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 63 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.
FS QUINTIN DEMPS
· Intercepted his second pass in as many games when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the fourth quarter.
RB ARIAN FOSTER
· Caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his second 78-yarder of the season. He also did so on 10/23 at Tennessee. Both receptions are tied for the second-longest TD catch in team history.
· Scored his 25th career rushing touchdown and his sixth of the season on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Foster has run for at least one touchdown in four consecutive games.
· Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the third time this season. He topped the century mark on a 13-yard catch in the third quarter. He also had 116 receiving yards vs. Oakland (10/9) and 119 yards at Tennessee (10/23).
WR JACOBY JONES
· Caught the longest touchdown pass in Texans history when he hauled in a throw from QB Matt Schaub on the first play of the game and took it 80-yards for a score. The previous long was 78-yards by RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).
· Jones’ 80-yard touchdown catch was also the longest of his career, bettering a 47-yard catch last season at Denver (12/26/10). The touchdown was his second of the season and the 11th of his career.
QB MATT LEINART
· Made his debut as a Houston Texan, coming on as a substitute in the fourth quarter.
CB BRICE MCCAIN
· Intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the third quarter. He returned the interception 10 yards to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line.
OLB JESSE NADING
· Recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, giving him his first career kickoff return.
K NEIL RACKERS
· Passed Joe Nedney (1,113) for 36th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list. He entered the game with 1,009 career points and his 7 points in the game gave him 1,016 for his career.
· Saw his streak of 69 consecutive made extra point attempts come to an end following Houston’s opening touchdown when his kick was blocked by Tampa Bay DT Albert Haynesworth. The last time the Texans had an extra point attempt blocked was on 10/29/06 at Tennessee when Robaire Smith blocked Kris Brown’s try.
OLB BROOKS REED
· Picked up his fifth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter. He is tied for the team lead with OLB Mario Williams whose place he took after Williams was placed on injured reserve.
· Has now registered at least one sack in each of his last four games, which ties him with DE Antonio Smith for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Williams holds the record with sacks in six straight games.
QB MATT SCHAUB
· Improved his record as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans to 32-32 with the victory.
· Tossed the longest pass of his career when he hit WR Jacoby Jones for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The throw was the longest touchdown completion in franchise history, bettering a 78-yard touchdown pass to RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).
· Became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of 78 yards or longer in the same game since Brett Favre did so in 2007 for Green Bay vs. Denver (10/29/07).
· Finished 11-of-15 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a career-high passer rating of 154.9.
· The performance marked Schaub’s fifth game this season with a rating better than 100. Houston is 4-1 in those games.
RB BEN TATE
· Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season when he scored from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.
WR KEVIN WALTER
· Hauled in the 300th reception of his career on his first catch of the game, a 6-yarder in the first quarter.
RB DERRICK WARD
· Scored from 4 yards out in the third quarter. It was his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second of the season.
DE J.J. WATT
· Notched a half-sack in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 sacks on the year. He and OLB Connor Barwin teamed up to tackle Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss.