Final

Jaguars 7

(3-3, 0-3 away)

Texans 27

(2-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 22, 2006

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 0 0 7 07
HOU 0 10 0 1727

Top Performers

Passing: D. Carr (HOU) - 224 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Lundy (HOU) - 19 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 8 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Texans' defense, running game leads rout of Jaguars

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston looked nothing like the old, pathetic Texans of last year. Maybe that's because the stars of Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars weren't around back then.

Rookie Wali Lundy had 93 yards rushing and a touchdown and fellow first-year players Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans led a resurgent defense in a 27-7 win over the Jaguars.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Jaguars played more like kittens on Sunday in Houston. The thing that hurt Jacksonville the most was two fumbles within four minutes of each other that led to 14 Texans points in the fourth quarter. Not having defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (above) and middle linebacker Mike Peterson available really hurt Jacksonville's run defense. The Texans rushed for a season-high 131 yards. Jacksonville has yet to win a game away from home and needs to learn how to be a playoff contender.

Lundy, who hadn't played in the past three games, had a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 17-7. No Houston running back had gained 60 yards rushing before Sunday and the Texans managed just 34 yards rushing last week.

Houston's defense, allowing a league-worst 418 yards a game coming into the game, forced two turnovers -- both of which led to touchdowns -- and held the Jaguars to 220 yards.

The Jaguars (3-3) trailed 10-7 and had a first down inside the 30 when Antwan Peek forced Fred Taylor's fumble, which No. 1 pick Williams recovered. The fumble was Taylor's first since 2004 and Williams' first career recovery.

"It really felt like that gave this team a boost of energy," Williams said. "After that, everything started clicking. It was a big momentum change and I was glad to be a part of it."

Lundy had his first career touchdown and became the first Houston running back to score this season when he ran in from the 2 in the fourth. His 29-yard run -- a career high -- four plays earlier got the Texans to the 15.

Ron Dayne had started the last two games for Houston, but was inactive on Sunday, as coach Gary Kubiak said he wanted to give Lundy and Samkon Gado another shot.

"I was worried about him after the first couple of weeks that the overload had slowed him down and he wasn't reacting," Kubiak said of Lundy. "Sometimes you have to let players sit back and watch a week or two so that they calm down. He played with great presence today."

The Texans (2-4) put up their biggest point total of the season, and did it against the NFL's only defense with two shutouts. It's Houston's first AFC South victory since beating the Jaguars 21-0 in December 2004, and the Texans' second victory matches their win total from last season.

The win also marks the first time in the Texans' short history that they've won consecutive home games. Texans fans, who normally boo most of the game before leaving early, were raucous and began doing the wave midway through the fourth quarter.

On Jacksonville's first play after the score, Demarcus Faggins knocked the ball out of Ernest Wilford's hands and the Texans recovered. It was the 2006 debut for Faggins, who missed the first five games with a fractured foot.

Faggins said Wilford was holding the ball out every time he caught it on Sunday.

"I said, 'OK, you do it again, I'm going to get it. I'm going to make sure I'm going to try to strip the ball when I see it," Faggins said. "And it happened. That was a turnaround right there. That's what kind of sealed the deal."

David Carr found rookie tight end Owen Daniels on the 14-yard touchdown pass two plays later to make it 24-7. Carr rebounded from last week's two interception performance to finished 25-of-34 for 224 yards.

Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich, who entered the game with a sore left ankle, may have realized it was going to be a long day when his foot got tangled up with his center and he fell into the splits before being hit by Williams on Jacksonville's first drive.

Things didn't get much better from there as he often underthrew or overthrew receivers and finished 14-of-28 for 125 yards.

Leftwich denied that his ankle affected his play.

"I was just a little off today," he said. "I didn't play my best football today. I don't know why. I was OK, I wasn't hurt."

The only time Jacksonville was able to get anything done was in the third quarter when Maurice Jones-Drew bulled in from 1 yard out for the touchdown. The nine play, 70-yard drive was one yard less than Jacksonville's total yardage in the first half.

Jacksonville's next drive was stopped when Ryans tipped a pass by Leftwich on third down. Ryans, a linebacker who leads the Texans with 47 tackles this season, had six on Sunday.

Houston's third quarter woes continued as they have been outscored 48-0 in that quarter. But unlike last week in a 34-6 loss to Dallas in which they had a halftime lead, they didn't collapse after a tough third quarter.

"I got real emotional with the players and told them it was about the fight," Kubiak said. "I told them the only one who was going to save them was themselves. I told them to get out there and fight through this."

Game notes


Eric Moulds had three catches for 16 yards to reach 700 receptions for his career. ... The Texans wore their "Battle Red" jerseys on Sunday and improved to 2-1 when wearing the jerseys against the Jaguars. ... Houston's Kris Brown made two field goals and missed one.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
HOU
1st Downs1421
Passing 1st downs
510
Rushing 1st downs
710
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
3-125-14
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays5469
Total Yards220349
Yards per play4.15.1
Total Drives1213
Passing118218
Comp-Att
14-2825-34
Yards per pass
4.16.2
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-71-6
Rushing102131
Rushing Attempts
2534
Yards per rush
4.13.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-5
Penalties7-353-17
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:3033:30

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Leftwich14/281254.5001-7
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr25/342246.6201-6

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor16845.3032
Jones-Drew8101.313
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lundy19934.9129
Gado10272.708

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew7588.3019
Wilford22613.0015
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson810613.3135
Walter22814.0015

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERJAXHOU
houTD12:24Andre Johnson, 35 yd pass from David Carr (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 81 yds, 5:27
07
houFG1:14Kris Brown 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 51 yds, 4:58
010
THIRD QUARTERJAXHOU
jaxTD9:29Maurice Jones-Drew, 1 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yds, 5:40
710
FOURTH QUARTERJAXHOU
houTD11:36Wali Lundy, 2 yd run (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 3:35
717
houTD10:02Owen Daniels, 14 yd pass from David Carr (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 27 yds, 14:35
724
houFG3:16Kris Brown 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 31 yds, 1:52
727