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Defense scores, but comes up short in loss

The Texans defense scored on Sunday, and limited the Colts to 20 points. Head coach Bill O'Brien said the defense "kept us in the game" and "did a good job".

But those words did litle to ease the sting of a 20-14 loss to Indianapolis.

"Could have done better," outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said. "Gave up, what 20 points? Enough to win. That's all there was. We didn't win so we didn't play too good."

Clowney finished with a sack, a tackle for loss and four total tackles on the day. The third quarter sack was his fifth of the season and 15th of his career. In the locker room after the defeat, he was already focused on Week 10 and a trip to Los Angeles.

"We've got to get to work," Clowney said. "Get back Monday, tomorrow. Get ready to go. Study the film, learn from it, and get ready for the Rams."

Safety Eddie Pleasant tallied a pair of sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Lamarr Houston picked up that fumble and scored a 34-yard touchdown. For Pleasant, the team focus remains simple.

"We just have to stick together," Pleasant said. "We all know football. We lost some tough games to some tough teams, some real close games. But at the end of the day, we just have to stick together."

The Texans defense has now forced a fumble in every game this season. No other team has done so. The Texans also held the Colts to 4-of-14 on third down.

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