HOUSTON (AP) -- So much for the Texans proving they made the
right decision by not drafting Vince Young.
Young ran for a 39-yard touchdown in overtime Sunday to give
Tennessee a 26-20 win over the Houston Texans for a third straight
comeback victory and fourth win in a row.
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Tennessee was too strong for the Texans, who accounted for traditional ball carriers but had no answer for Young (86 yards rushing). Runners other than Young (above) had 132 yards. Young rushed 39 yards for the winning score in OT.
The Texans could not sustain drives -- they were 2-for-11 on third down (18 percent). Of Houston's 12 possessions, only four lasted more than five plays. Houston must find a way to keep its defense off the field longer.
He dashed into the end zone virtually untouched and then jumped
into the stands to the open arms of a throng of burnt orange-clad
fans. He then blew kisses and waved to a crowd that had cheered the
Texans most of the game, but went wild when he scored.
"I felt like it was in slow motion -- the whole thing,"
cornerback Dunta Robinson said of the winning score. "It took
forever to unfold. Like a bad dream. It is a sick feeling. It is a
bitter feeling and you will probably think about this until you see
them next year."
Young, who led the Titans to a 28-22 win over Houston earlier
this year, once again showed up the team that passed him over in
the draft. Houston chose defensive end Mario Williams with the No.
1 overall pick because it already had David Carr.
"You don't say it's personal, but this was kind of personal
because the team went out and went against everyone and got the
defensive player (in the draft)," said Texans defensive end N.D.
Kalu. "This was our chance to prove to the city that we made the
But once again they weren't able to do it.
"It was a hard-fought, great football game that we did not make
the plays to finish," said Texans coach Gary Kubiak. "When we
start making those plays we will win our share of games."
Two weeks ago, the Titans (6-7) rallied from a 21-0 deficit in
the final 9½ minutes to beat the Giants. Last week, Rob Bironas'
60-yard field goal in the final seconds beat Indianapolis.
This time they only had to rally from an eight-point deficit.
"Once again, like in the last month, every Sunday, I stand up
here and say: 'Wow, we found another way to do it,' " said Titans
coach Jeff Fisher.
Young's winning score came on third-and-14; the Titans' great
field position came thanks to a 36-yard kickoff return by Adam
Young was 19-of-29 for 218 yards passing and he ran for another
Carr and the Texans (4-9) had a chance to regain the lead late
in regulation, but stalled and settled for a 46-yard field goal by
Kris Brown that tied it at 20 with 2:09 remaining. The Texans got
the ball back in the final moments of the fourth quarter, but chose
to run out the clock.
"It's an empty feeling," Carr said. "It's a loss. It hurts us
... but we've got to move on. We can't just hang our heads."
The Titans trailed 14-13 before Young engineered a 15-play,
88-yard drive ending with a 2-yard run by Travis Henry to give
Tennessee its first lead of the second half, 20-17.
Young and Drew Bennett earlier connected on a 39-yard pass that
got the Titans to the Houston 21. Henry cut to the outside and ran
for the 9-yard touchdown three plays later to cut Houston's lead to
Young was solid most of the game, with his only big mistake
coming with the Titans down by one point early in the fourth
quarter. He slipped and fell to the ground, but got up and threw
the ball as he was being hit by C.C. Brown. Demarcus Faggins
intercepted, but the Texans got only a field goal that made it
17-13 after the offense stalled once again.
Houston's offense didn't do much until Ron Dayne entered in the
second quarter. He handled the ball on eight of Houston's nine
plays and scored his first touchdown as a Texan on a 1-yard run to
give Houston a 7-6 lead.
Dayne helped the Texans extend their lead on a 2-yard touchdown
on the first drive after halftime. He finished with 21 carries for
87 yards and his first multi-touchdown game since 2002, when he was
with the Giants. Dayne ran for 95 yards against Oakland last week
to help the Texans win in a game the team had negative yards
Carr was 17-of-23 for 140 yards, but was unable to come through
when the Texans needed a touchdown.
He refused to acknowledge the loss was any more painful because
it came at the hands of Young.
"It's a loss man," he said sounding slightly agitated. "It's
going to be great for you all writing some stories ... and
congratulations to the Titans and their team and Vince."
The Titans' only points of the first half were field goals of 41
and 33 yards.
The crowd of 70,769 was the second largest in Texans
history. ... Titans right guard Benji Olson missed his first game
since 2004 with back spasms. ... Titans WR Bennett had six
receptions for 113 yards. ... Texans rookie DeMeco Ryans, who leads
the team in tackles this season, had 14 on Sunday. ... Texans DE
Antwan Peek got his first sack of the season. ... Sunday marked the
first time that Faggins had an interception and a fumble recovery
in the same game. ... Texans rookie RB Chris Taylor made his NFL
debut against the Titans.
- Tony Corrente