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Texans fall 28-22



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NASHVILLE, TENN.-- The Texans capitalized off turnovers against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday to get their second win of the season.

This Sunday, the Tennessee Titans followed the same formula the Texans used a week earlier to notch their second win of the season, a 28-22 victory at LP Field.

The Titans forced five turnovers--two interceptions and three fumbles--to overcome a career-high 116 rushing yards by rookie Wali Lundy, and Sage Rosenfels' three touchdown passes in the second half (two to tight end Owen Daniels).

"I don't feel very good at all," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I preach to this football team that a step that we have to take as a football team is we have to be able to go on the road and protect the football and play a solid football game and then see what type of results we'll get. We've yet to do that. We've had too many bad things happen to us on the road. And until we clean those up, it's going to be hard for us to go out and win on the road."

Rosenfels replaced quarterback David Carr in the third quarter after Carr's second fumble of the game. Rosenfels completed 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 186 yards. 

After kicking off to begin the game, the Titans went three-and-out after cornerback Lewis Sanders broke up Vince Young's third down pass intended for wide receiver Brandon Jones. 

The Texans' offense started the game on its 37-yard line. Two completions for 19 total yards helped move the unit into Tennessee territory. On third-and-five from the Titans' 34-yard line, Carr completed a four-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson. Running back Ron Dayne dove forward on fourth down to give the Texans another set of downs. 

On the next play, though, Carr's pass intended for Johnson was intercepted by safety Chris Hope, who ran 14 yards to the Tennessee 23 before tight end Mark Bruener tackled him out of bounds.

With 6:09 remaining in the first quarter, the Texans' offense began on its 20-yard line after another Tennessee punt. A six-yard loss on a sack by Robaire Smith and Antwan Odom led to a third-and-13 situation. Lundy gained three yards on a screen before Chad Stanley punted for the first time.

A one-yard loss on a sack by defensive end Mario Williams, who chased down Young from behind for the tackle, helped lead to another Tennessee punt from their 46-yard line. Edell Shephed called for a fair catch on the Texans' four-yard line.

The Texans gained 21 yards on five plays before Stanley punted 35 yards to the Tennessee 40 early in the second quarter.

Led by Young, the Titans gained 54 yards on five plays, including a 19-yard run by running back LenDale White. On third-and-seven on the Houston 20, Young scrambled left to score the first touchdown of the game, which gave Tennessee a 7-0 lead after Rob Bironas' extra point.

On the first play of the Texans' ensuing possession, Lundy broke off a career-long 35-yard run to the Houston 46.  Two completions to tight end Owen Daniels for 19 total yards gave the Texans a first down on the Titans' 23-yard line. Four plays later, after two incompletions, Kris Brown entered the game for a 27-yard field goal attempt, which cut the Titans' lead to 10-7.

With 2:31 left in the first half, the Texans began their fifth drive on the 20-yard line after Craig Hentrich's punt landed in the end zone. Daniels gained 24 yards on two catches, and Lundy rushed for 10 yards on two carries to move the chains near midfield.

The Texans suffered their second giveaway, though, on third-and-13 from their 46-yard line. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked Carr for a seven-yard loss, forcing a fumble. Defensive tackle Tony Brown recovered the ball and ran 40 yards for a touchdown.

Shepherd fumbled on the following kick return, and Tennessee recovered on the Houston 16, but the clock expired on the play, preventing the Titans' offense from taking the field.

Opening the third quarter on offense, Carr found fullback Jameel Cook on a screen for a seven-yard gain. Lundy burst for a five-yard gain on the second play from scrimmage, and then sprinted 19 yards on the next snap to give Houston a first down on the Tennessee 41.

On third-and-five from the Titans' 26-yard line, the Texans' drive ended abruptly when defensive end Travis LaBoy sacked Carr for a seven-yard loss, forcing another fumble that Tennessee recovered for their fourth takeaway of the game.

After another Tennessee punt, Rosenfels replaced Carr behind center, and his first pass attempt was intercepted by Jones after Johnson tipped the pass at the Houston 45. He was pushed out of bounds by Johnson at the 24-yard line.

Two plays later, Young found wide receiver Bobby Wade open for a 20-yard touchdown pass, which helped give the Titans a 21-3 lead with 8:13 left in the third quarter.

Rosenfels responded by leading the Texans on a 10-play, 58-yard drive over 6:27. He completed all six of his pass attempts for 59 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to Johnson. Brown's extra point cut the Titans' lead to 21-10.

The Texans couldn't capitalize on the Titans' next stalled series, and Stanley came on for his third punt from the Houston 11. Stanley's kick traveled 42 yards, and Jones eluded several defenders to score a 53-yard touchdown. Bironas' extra point stretched the Titans' lead to 28-10.

The offense regrouped with a 74-yard drive that Daniels finished with a 26-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-two from the Tennessee 26. Head coach Jeff Fisher challenged the spot of the ball, and the Texans' offense returned to the field on the one-yard line after the calling was overruled. Daniels caught a one-yard touchdown on a play action pass on the next snap, but Brown's extra point was blocked.

Leading 28-16 with 7:37 left in the game, the Titans' offense started from its 20-yard line. Young threw an incomplete pass to wide receiver Drew Bennett on third-and-nine from the Titans' 44-yard line. Fisher challenged that Bennett had two feet in bounds, but the call was upheld, leading to Hentrich's seventh punt.

Houston's offense continued to move the ball on its next series. Daniels caught two passes for 28 yards to move the ball into Tennessee territory. A 12-yard pass to Dayne, and an eight-yard pass to Shepherd, set up Dayne's nine-yard run to the Titans' one-yard line at the two-minute warning. Daniels caught a one-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Rosenfels' pass to Johnson on the two-point conversion fell incomplete, giving the Texans a 28-22 deficit with 1:54 left on the game clock.

Tennessee recovered the onside kick, and rushed three times for four yards. Houston used its last timeout, stopping the clock at 1:47. But by the time Tennessee punted, there was only 12 seconds remaining in the game.

On the final play from scrimmage, Johnson caught an 11-yard pass. His lateral to Lundy fell out of bounds to end the game.

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