JACKSONVILLE — Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, here are the postgame notes from the Texans’ 20-13 victory over the Jaguars in Week 12 at EverBank Field.
· Improved Houston’s record to 8-3 on the season, marking the best record in team history through 11 games and the first time in team history that the Texans have been five games over .500.
· Extended the team’s winning streak to five games, which is the longest in team history in a single season. Houston won six consecutive games from the end of the 2009 season through the start of the 2010 season.
· Gave Houston a sweep of the season series with Jacksonville for the third time and the second under head coach Gary Kubiak. Houston last swept Jacksonville in 2006.
· Improved Houston’s all-time record against the Jaguars to 11-9 overall and 4-6 at Jacksonville.
· Improved Houston’s record within the AFC South to 4-0 this season. The four wins within the division matches the most in franchise history. Houston went 4-2 against AFC South foes in 2004.
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
· Improved his career record to 45-46 overall, 17-29 on the road and 7-5 against Jacksonville.
· Held the Jaguars to 13 points, marking the fifth consecutive game and the eighth game overall this season in which the Texans held their opponent to 20 or fewer points.
· Matched the franchise record with seven sacks in the game, matching the performance on 11/27/05 vs. St. Louis.
· Have recorded 4.0 or more sacks in three consecutive games.
· Increased the team’s season total to 35, which is tied for the second-most in franchise history. The Texans also had 35 sacks in 2002, while the team record is 37 sacks in 2005.
· Were tied after the first quarter for the first time this season. Houston has led after one period nine times and trailed once.
· Led at halftime for the ninth time, improving to 7-2 in those games; and led after the third quarter for the 10th time this season, improving to 8-2 in those games.
· Intercepted a pass for the 10th consecutive game.
· Scored a field goal following their second-quarter takeaway, giving them 93 points off of 21 takeaways on the season. Houston has scored following 15 of their 21 takeaways.
· Ran the ball 31 times for 88 yards in the game. It was the eighth time this season that Houston rushed 30 or more times, and the Texans are a perfect 8-0 in those games. Houston is 31-3 under head coach Gary Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
· Lost the time of possession battle for just the second time this season, holding the ball for 28:21. Houston evened its record at 1-1 when trailing in time of possession.
· Team captains were WR Andre Johnson 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 Jaguars won the toss and elected to receive.
OLB CONNOR BARWIN
· Set the franchise record with his fourth sack of the game when he tackled Jacksonville QB Luke McCown for a loss of 13 yards late in the fourth quarter. The previous record was 3.5 sacks by Mario Williams vs. Denver on 12/13/07.
· Has now recorded at least one sack in three consecutive games.
· Also sacked Jacksonville starting QB Blaine Gabbert for losses of 6 yards and 3 yards in the second quarter, as well as a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.
· Set a career single-game high with a team-leading 10 tackles, including seven solos. His previous high was four tackles earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).
TE OWEN DANIELS
· Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 64 with a catch for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter.
TE JOEL DREESSEN
· Caught his team-high fourth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 20-yard toss from QB Matt Leinart in the second quarter. His four touchdown catches this season equals his career high from a year ago.
RB ARIAN FOSTER
· Scored from a yard out in the first quarter, giving him seven rushing touchdowns on the year and 27 for his career.
· Has now run for at least one touchdown in five consecutive games, which ties his longest career streak and is tied for the second-longest streak in team history. Domanick Williams rushed for touchdowns in six consecutive games to end the 2004 season.
P BRETT HARTMANN
· Set a season and career high with 10 punts in the game and tied a season and career high with three punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His 10 punts were tied for the second-most in Texans history and were the most since Chad Stanley did so at Jacksonville on 12/7/03.
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
· Extended his team-record streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 80 with a 14-yard reception in the third quarter.
J· Caught the 700th pass of his career on an 8-yard reception in the third quarter. He became the second-fastest player to reach 700 catches in NFL history, doing so in his 120th career game. Marvin Harrison reached the mark in 114 games. The reception also moved Johnson into 34th on the League’s all-time receptions list, passing Gary Clark (699).
WR JACOBY JONES
· Returned a second-quarter punt 42 yards to set up a Texans touchdown. It was his fourth punt return of 40 yards or longer this season.
· Set a team single-game record with 116 punt return yards, including returns of 42 and 28 yards. The previous mark was 100 yards, also by Jones, at Arizona on 10/11/09.
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
· Intercepted his fourth pass of the season when he picked off a deep pass from Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter. All of Joseph’s interceptions this season have come on the road. He returned the interception 29 yards.
QB MATT LEINART
· Made his first start as a Texan and his first overall since 11/29/09 at Tennessee as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
· Threw his first touchdown pass as a Texan, hitting TE Joel Dreessen for a 20-yard score in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown pass since 12/21/08 at New England as an Arizona Cardinal.
· Finished the game with 57 passing yards, completing 10-of-13 attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 110.1.
CB SHERRICK McMANIS
· Returned a first-quarter kickoff 45 yards, which was the longest of his career. His previous long was 26 yards earlier this year vs. Cleveland (11/6).
C CHRIS MYERS
· Started his 75th consecutive game and played in his 100th career game.
K NEIL RACKERS
· Played in his 175th career game.
· Connected on a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was his third field goal of 50 or more yards this season and was his second-longest field goal of the season. He hit a 54-yarder vs. Oakland (10/9).
· Hit his second field goal of the game, a 33-yard attempt, in the second quarter. The kick gave him 8 points in the game and 1,124 for his career, moving him past Ray Wersching for 35th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list.
OLB BROOKS REED
· Registered a sack in his fifth consecutive game when he dropped Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter. His streak is the second-longest in team history behind Mario Williams’ six-game streak in 2007.
· Set the Texans rookie sack record. His third-quarter sack gave him 6.0 on the season, topping Amobi Okoye’s total of 5.5 from 2007.
ILB DeMECO RYANS
· Started his 80th game for the Texans, moving him into fifth on the franchise’s all-time start list ahead of CB Dunta Robinson (2004-09).
DE J.J. WATT
· Set a career single-game high with his second sack of the game when he dropped Gabbert for a 9-yard loss in the fourth quarter. The sack gave him 4.5 on the season.
· Also sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 3.5 for the season and sacks in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He had a half-sack at Tampa Bay (11/13).
· Registered a career-high seven tackles, including five solos. His previous high was six tackles in Week 10 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
QB T.J. YATES
· Made his NFL debut when he came on in the second quarter in relief of starting QB Matt Leinart. He finished the game with 70 passing yards, completing 8-of-15 attempts with no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 66.0.
· Completed his first career pass attempt, hitting TE Owen Daniels for a 5-yard gain.
· Became the first Texans rookie QB to take the field since Dave Ragone did so in 2003. Ragone went 11-of-23 for 71 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in his debut at Jacksonville on 12/7/03.
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