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First-quarter notes: Texans 7, Jaguars 7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 12:58 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from the first quarter of Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied 7-7:


·         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.

·         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.

·         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).

·         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).


·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.


·         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.


·         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.


·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.


·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with an 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.


·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.

·         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.


·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.


·         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.


·         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.

·         Finished the opening drive 4-of-4 for 83 yards and a touchdown.


·         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.


·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smithwent to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

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