Culpepper (5 TDs) hits Robinson for winner

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans dug out of a big hole but
couldn't climb over the top.

Down 21-0 midway through the third quarter, the Texans rallied
to tie the Minnesota Vikings at 28 in regulation Sunday before
bowing 34-28 in overtime.

Daunte Culpepper threw five touchdown passes, the last a
50-yarder to Marcus Robinson on the Vikings' (3-1) second
possession in overtime, to end Houston's first-ever winning streak
at two.

"We certainly had a number of opportunities to win this
football game," Texans coach Dom Capers said. "Really, it came
down to who made the plays in the overtime period. We got our
opportunities and didn't make it. The Vikings had their
opportunities and they made them."

David Carr had led the comeback for the Texans (2-3) with 372
yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them to Andre Johnson.

"This is one of the toughest losses I've ever been in," said
defensive back Aaron Glenn, who got beat on one of Culpepper's two
TD passes to Randy Moss.

Culpepper's hit Moss on a 1-yard scoring toss at the start of
the second period, then connected with Nate Burleseon on a 5-yard
pass play at the end of the quarter to take a 14-0 lead at

"We got pretty fired up at the half," Texans center Steve
McKinney said. "Everybody was upset. Coaches were yelling. Players
were yelling. It was a test of everybody's manhood."

With the game heading toward a rout, Carr and Johnson made
things exciting.

Johnson's first score came when he went high to catch the ball
and hung on when he was upended and landed on his head, making it
21-7. Dominack Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 11:31 to go in the
game to make it 21-14, before Culpepper, who completed 36 of 50
passes for 396 yards, made it a two-touchdown advantage on a
50-yard scoring toss to Moss.

"We just had a communications breakdown on that play," Glenn
said. "We made some plays to get back in it and that play really
hurt us."

"They made the plays when it counted," Capers added.

With 3:11 to play, Carr threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Derick
Armstrong, then added a 22-yarder to Johnson, who had 12 catches
for 170 yards, with 1:53 to go to send the game to overtime.

"We waited too long to play the way we know how to play," said
defensive end Robaire Smith.

But the Texans couldn't keep the momentum in the extra period,
punting on their only possession to help set up Culpepper's winning

The Vikings also got a huge game from fourth-team tailback
Mewelde Moore, who finished with 182 total yards.

Moore was thrust into the starting lineup when injuries to
Michael Bennett and Moe Williams and a league suspension for
Onterrio Smith depleted the Vikings' roster. His tough running
between the tackles and ability to scamper into the flat on short
passes opened up things for Culpepper.

"All these games are a little bit different," Capers said.
"But what is constant is you have to have consistent execution. We
weren't consistent enough and at times, we were sloppy in our

"We have a lot to be proud of, being down by 21 points and not
giving up," McKinney said. "We had our shots at the end and just
didn't take advantage."


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