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Postgame notes: Texans 38, Titans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 4:27 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium, which they won 38-14:

·         Gave Houston the first 4-0 start to a season in franchise history and the first 4-0 start by a Houston professional football team since the USFL Houston Gamblers started 5-0 in 1985.

·         Evened the Texans’ all-time record at Reliant Stadium at 41-41 and improved the Texans to 2-0 at home this season.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Tennessee to 7-14 overall and 4-7 at home.

·         Scored on their opening drive for the second time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.

·         Scored more than 30 points for the third time this season and the 24th time under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Prior to Kubiak’s arrival, the Texans scored more than 30 points twice in 64 games.

·         Recorded the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history and the largest since a 28-point win at Tampa Bay on 11/13/11.

·         Scored 17 points off of three Tennessee turnovers in the game. For the season, Houston has scored 41 points off of nine takeaways.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the fourth time this season, holding the ball for 32:26. The Texans improved to 4-0 this season and 42-18 under Kubiak when controlling time of possession.

·         Ran the ball 31 times for 95 yards and improved to 36-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Scored first for the second time this season. Houston also opened the scoring in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Led after the first quarter for the third time this season, at halftime for the fourth time this season and after three quarters for the fourth time this season.

·         Scored their first defensive touchdown of the season and the first since 10/23/11 at Tennessee, when CB Brice McCain returned an interception 38 yards for a score. It was the 10th interception return for a score in Texans history.

·         Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The last time was on 12/8/02 at Pittsburgh when CB Aaron Glenn returned a pair of interceptions for scores.

·         Forced three turnovers while the Texans offense committed none, giving Houston a plus-3 turnover margin. It was the third game this season in which the Texans had a positive turnover margin; and the team improved to 3-0 this season and 30-7 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Limited Tennessee to 4-of-12 (33 percent) on third-down attempts. For the season, Houston is holding its opponents to 12-of-48 (25 percent) on third down.

·         Coached in his 100th game with the Texans and improved his overall record as Texans head coach to 51-49.

·         Improved his record at Reliant Stadium to 31-19.

·         Improved his record against AFC South opponents to 16-22 overall and 11-8 at home.

·         Challenged a spot in the first quarter, arguing that WR Keshawn Martin made a first down on a play ruled short of the marker. The challenge was successful, giving the Texans a first down and improving Kubiak’s record to 1-1 this season and 13-28 in his career.

·         Forced a fumble on a Tennessee punt return in the second quarter. It was the second forced fumble of his career and his first since 9/12/10 at Washington as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

·         Finished with season highs in receptions, with five, and receiving yards, with 36.

·         Caught his second career touchdown pass and his first of the season when he pulled in an 11-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap Houston’s opening drive of the game. Casey’s previous touchdown catch came in Week 3 of 2011 on a 26-yard catch at New Orleans (9/25/11).

·         Topped 500 career receiving yards on his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 5 yards in the second quarter. Casey entered the game with 468 career receiving yards.

·         Led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. It was the second time this season that Cushing led the team in tackles.

·         Caught his second touchdown pass of the season and his second in as many games when he took a short pass and ran 28 yards for a score in the third quarter. It marked the eighth time in his career that Daniels has caught touchdowns in back-to-back games.

·         Led the team with six receptions for 72 yards, both game highs, and a touchdown. His six receptions tied his 2012 season high, which he also accomplished in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16), and was the second time this year he led the team in receptions.

·         Caught a 7-yard pass in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 72.

·         Started the 81st game of his career, moving him past Mario Williams into fourth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

·         Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 33rd of his career when he found the end zone from 4 yards away in the first quarter. The touchdown gives Foster at least one score, rushing or receiving, in six consecutive regular-season games, tying his career-long streak, which is the second-longest in team history. Foster has scored in eight straight games overall, including the playoffs.

·         Recorded the 750th rushing attempt of his career, which is the qualifying mark for NFL career statistics, on his 12th carry of the game, a gain of 3 yards in the second quarter.

·         Became the 45th kicker in NFL history to score 1,000 points when he connected on a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Graham entered the game with 993 career points.

·         Scored his first career touchdown when he intercepted Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 63 yards to the end zone. It was Jackson’s fifth career interception and his second of the season.

·         His 63-yard interception return was the sixth-longest in team history and was the longest return for touchdown since 12/13/09 when SS Bernard Pollard returned a pick 70 yards for a score against Seattle.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 86 with a 33-yard catch and run on Houston’s opening drive.

·         Punted six times and had four of his punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line, which tied for the second-most in a game in his career. The last time he had four punts downed inside the opponent’s 20 was on 11/6/11 at Arizona as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 10th of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Manning returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown, giving him his first career interception return for touchdown.

·         Started his 68th consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past Steve McKinney for fourth on the franchise’s consecutive starts list. Myers has started 84 consecutive games overall.

·         Made his professional debut when he came into the game on Houston’s opening drive.

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. Quin forced a fumble on the play, his second of the season and of his career.

·         Won his eighth consecutive start, dating back to last year.

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 36-32 overall and 22-11 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Finished with a passer rating of 115.5 after completing 20-of-28 attempts for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Schaub’s third game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Has completed passes to at least seven different receivers in all four games this season.

·         Threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his 98th as a Texan when he hit FB James Casey for an 11-yard score to cap the Texans’ opening drive.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 28-yard score in the third quarter. It was Schaub’s second consecutive multi-touchdown performance this season and the 34th of his career.

·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 1-yard loss and forced a fumble on the play. The sack gave Smith 2.0 for the season and 31.5 for his career. The forced fumble was his first of the season and the eighth of his career.

·         Became the first Texans player to record multiple sacks in four consecutive games.

·         Has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive regular-season games and six straight games, including the 2012 playoffs.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 7 yards. It was his second fumble recovery of the season and the fourth of his career.

·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a loss of 11 yards in the second quarter. It gave Watt a career-high 6.5 sacks on the season, surpassing his total of 5.5 from 2011.

·         Registered his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter. Watt has recorded multiple sacks in all four games this season and, counting the 2012 playoffs, has done so in five straight games.

·         Total paid attendance was 71,581, which was the third-largest regular-season crowd in team history. Houston has sold out all 105 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in team history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included ILB Mister Alexander, QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR Lestar Jean.

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

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

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