Final

Dolphins 15

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Texans 17

(1-3, 1-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2006

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 3 3 915
HOU 0 3 0 1417

Top Performers

Passing: D. Culpepper (MIA) - 249 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Dayne (HOU) - 22 CAR, 58 YDS

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 9 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD

No. 1 pick Williams finally gets first sack in Texans' win 

HOUSTON (AP) -- On the brink of his first win as coach of the Houston Texans, Gary Kubiak couldn't bear to look.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...

The Texans finally found a team with a weaker offense. Both teams had a hard time protecting their QB (five sacks each).

Houston finally got its first multiple-sack game, and Mario Williams (above) broke out of his slump with 1½ sacks. Miami gave up on its running game before it had a chance to develop, rushing for 70 yards on 14 attempts against one of the league's worst teams against the run. It is hard to win when you convert three of 12 third-down attempts and can't control the clock.

Miami must go back to the drawing board to find a running attack and a way to protect the quarterback. If it doesn't, Miami will struggle to win this season.

Too bad, because if he'd turned around he would have seen No. 1 draft pick Mario Williams make a game-saving play. Williams tipped a two-point conversion that would have tied the game and finally got his first sack as the Texans beat Miami 17-15 on Sunday.

The Dolphins trailed 17-9 when Daunte Culpepper found Chris Chambers for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:39 to go to pull within two. Miami went for the 2-point conversion, but the pass by running back Ronnie Brown was tipped by Williams and sailed over Chambers' head.

"He threw it and I just reached up and tipped it," Williams said. "I was in the right place at the right time."

The Dolphins (1-3) tried an onside kick and almost recovered, but the ball squirted out from underneath Keith Adams and the Texans fell on it and ran out the clock.

"That was pretty cowardly," Kubiak said, referring to his turning away from the play. "I've been that way in football through a lot of things. I'll make a call and just walk away. I heard everybody go crazy, so I knew it was good. That was a great sound."

After Carr's 1-yard score put Houston (1-3) ahead 10-6 early in the fourth, Williams got to Culpepper for a 3-yard loss. The sack was the first of his career and his first tackle of the game.

Williams jumped for joy and hugged a teammate as the crowd responded with a standing ovation.

"Now you can't say I don't have a sack," Williams said. "It was a good thing, but at the same time, playing a game and putting the pressure on him, that was a great ending to get a sack."

On the next play, Williams and fellow rookie DeMeco Ryans combined to take Culpepper down again, this time for a 7-yard loss. The Dolphins were forced to punt and the Texans responded with another touchdown, this one a 3-yard catch by Andre Johnson that lengthened the lead to 17-6.

Johnson finished with nine receptions for 101 yards.

The Texans found a pass rush against the Dolphins, sacking Culpepper on the first play of the game and harassing him all day. Houston had just three sacks entering the game but got to Culpepper five times. The less-mobile Culpepper has been sacked 21 times this season in his return from reconstructive knee surgery.

He was 23-of-39 for 249 yards and a touchdown.

"We know we're a better offense than we played today for the first three quarters," Culpepper said. "We just waited a little too late to put on a surge."

Kubiak's first win came against a defense led by former Houston coach Dom Capers, who was fired by Houston in January after a 2-14 season. It broke a five-game losing streak dating to last season.

The game was an ugly defensive struggle for most of the first three quarters, with neither team managing a touchdown and the Dolphins' field goals coming off Texans turnovers. It was 3-3 at halftime.

"I told our players that when you play teams this time in the season that haven't won a game, they're very dangerous teams," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. "They're a little bit like where they want to prove something ... and I think their team played awfully well today."

The Dolphins took the lead on a 29-yard field goal by Olindo Mare in the third quarter that was set up by a 19-yard fumble return by Jason Taylor, who sacked Carr and stripped the ball before recovering it.

Houston finally took the lead on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Carr's run. The defense bit on a fake to Ron Dayne and Carr trotted into the end zone untouched before celebrating by throwing the ball high up into the stands.

Carr completed 22 of 29 passes for 230 yards with an interception and was also sacked five times.

Will Allen grabbed the ball out of Johnson's hands for an interception in the second quarter. But the Dolphins couldn't move the ball and had to settle for a 52-yard field goal by Mare.

Game notes


Mare kicked his 14th field goal of 50 yards or longer, tying the Dolphins record held by Pete Stoyanovich. ... Johnson had the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
HOU
1st Downs1519
Passing 1st downs
1213
Rushing 1st downs
35
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
3-129-16
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Plays5867
Total Yards289276
Yards per play5.04.1
Total Drives1010
Passing219211
Comp-Att
23-3922-29
Yards per pass
5.06.2
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-305-19
Rushing7065
Rushing Attempts
1433
Yards per rush
5.02.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-3
Penalties5-352-15
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0533:55

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper23/392496.4105-30
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr22/292307.9115-19

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown12494.1019
Chambers11414.0014
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dayne22582.6012
Gado691.503

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown8627.8014
Welker45513.8029
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson910111.2130
Moulds47619.0028

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMIAHOU
miaFG12:41Olindo Mare 52 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 11 yds, 3:15
30
houFG5:15Kris Brown 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 60 yds, 6:48
33
THIRD QUARTERMIAHOU
miaFG7:59Olindo Mare 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 3:33
63
FOURTH QUARTERMIAHOU
houTD15:00David Carr, 1 yd run (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:01
610
houTD9:54Andre Johnson, 3 yd pass from David Carr (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 41 yds, 3:31
617
miaFG5:45Olindo Mare 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 76 yds, 4:08
917
miaTD1:43Chris Chambers, 16 yd pass from Daunte Culpepper
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:01
1517