1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2009
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
HOUSTON -- After getting a pregame pep talk from Broadway Joe himself, Mark Sanchez couldn't help but sparkle in his debut in the NFL.Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, Thomas Jones scored twice, and the Jets shut down Houston's high-powered offense in a 24-7 win Sunday.
Welcome to the Jets
Dick Jamieson started the first game in Jets franchise history when he was a rookie. A look at how Mark Sanchez did in his first start.
|Category||Dick Jamieson||Mark Sanchez|
|Date||Sept. 11, 1960||Sunday|
|Result||W, 27-3||W, 24-7|
• Mark Sanchez, the first Jets rookie quarterback to start the first game of a season since Dick Jamieson in 1960, threw for 272 yards with a touchdown and interception in the win.
• New York improved to 4-0 all-time against Houston.
• Thomas Jones rushed for 107 yards with two TDs, his fifth career game with at least 100 yards and at least two scores.
• New York held a 22-11 edge in first downs and 462-183 edge in total yards.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Sanchez is the fourth rookie QB since the 1970 merger to win his first start on opening day on the road, joining John Elway, Joe Ferguson and Chris Weinke. ... Houston CB Dunta Robinson, miffed about no long-term contract with the team despite signing his franchise tender, wore shoes he had made with the words 'pay me Rick,' for GM Rick Smith. ... Texans WR Andre' Davis suffered a concussion late in the game and did not return.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.3||3.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|FG||0:12||Jay Feely 24 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 16 plays, 68 yds, 8:27
|TD||3:27||Chansi Stuckey 30 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 4:08
|TD||7:39||Thomas Jones 1 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 87 yds, 7:25
|TD||12:35||Dominique Barber 48 Yard Fumble Return (Kris Brown Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 11 yds, 2:10
|TD||10:17||Thomas Jones 38 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 2:08