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Game balls go to 4 Texans defenders

The Texans defense held the Jaguars to 150 yards of total offense in Sunday's 21-20 victory.

Head coach Bill O'Brien said during a Monday press conference that four members of that unit received game balls for their performances.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, nose tackle D.J. Reader, linebacker Benardrick McKinney and safety Quintin Demps all received game balls from O'Brien.

Clowney finished with a sack, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a batted pass. Reader had a

pair of tackles and was disruptive throughout the afternoon. Demps sealed the victory for Houston with a fourth-quarter interception, tied for second on the team in tackles with five, and also broke up a pair of passes.

McKinney led the Texans with seven tackles, and also registered a sack and a tackle for loss.

"He just did a nice job yesterday of dissecting plays," O'Brien said of McKinney. "Getting us into the right alignments. I think he would probably be the first to tell you to give a lot of the credit to Brian Cushing. Brian Cushing has really mentored him and really taught him a lot about the pro game in addition to obviously Mike Vrabel."

On Sunday, McKinney became the second player in franchise history to tally 100 total tackles and five or more sacks in a season. Jamie Sharper did that in 2002. On the year, McKinney leads the Texans with 121 tackles.


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