8:30 PM ET, November 3, 2013
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Colts rally for win; Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapses at halftime
HOUSTON -- Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, a chilling blow for the reeling Texans after their best start in months.
Up 21-3 when Kubiak went down leaving the field at the break, the Texans unraveled in the second half, falling 27-24 to the Indianapolis Colts for their sixth straight loss after opening the season 2-0 with Super Bowl hopes.
"We were all very worried," quarterback Case Keenum said. "When we went back out they told us he was ... stable. We were all upset about that but trying to stay focused at the same time."
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Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by gurney to the ambulance.
The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn't have a heart attack and he was in stable condition. The team said the 52-year-old coach was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.
"He had an episode, he was light-headed and dizzy," Texans general manager Rick Smith told NBC after the game. "He was evaluated by a number of specialists ... he is awake and coherent.
"He went to a knee, and they laid him on the ground. He is stable; for precautionary reasons we wanted to get him to the hospital. We have to assess ... obviously, there's a lot of info. Hopefully, Gary will be back with us tomorrow."
Andrew Luck rallied the AFC-South-leading Colts (6-2), throwing three second-half touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton. Luck has 10 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in a quarterback's first two seasons since 1970.
"I don't think we freaked out or got out of our system," Luck said. "I think we settled down a bit and played ball."
Forgot About Dre
After a monster first half, the Texans turned away from wide receiver Andre Johnson in the second half as they blew an 18-point lead to the Colts.
|First Half||Second Half|
Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in his second career start, but had trouble moving the offense after halftime.
Houston had a chance to tie it, but Randy Bullock's 55-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over the Texans after Kubiak left.
"There was a lot of unknown," Phillips said. "It was a shock to everyone."
The Colts took their first lead of the game when Hilton grabbed a 9-yard touchdown reception and Coby Fleener caught the 2-point conversion to make it 27-24 with 4 minutes left.
Bullock missed a field goal early in the fourth quarter and the Colts cut it to 24-19 when Luck found Hilton on a 58-yard touchdown pass two plays later.
Houston built the halftime on Keenum's three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson. Johnson had 190 yards receiving at halftime, but just 39 yards after that.
The Colts scored nine points in the third quarter, highlighted by a 10-yard TD pass from Luck to Hilton on a third-and-10 to make it 24-12.
Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 30 and 35 yards in the second and third quarters for the Colts.
Keenum hit Johnson, who had gotten in front of Vontae Davis, for a 62-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game to give Houston a 7-0 lead. It was the first touchdown reception of the year for Johnson.
J.J. Watt blocked a field-goal attempt on the Colts' first possession and rookie D.J. Swearinger returned it 37 yards. But Houston couldn't convert and Indianapolis got the ball back when Ben Tate was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Indianapolis 16.
Johnson added a 41-yard touchdown reception with 4:21 left in the first quarter. It marked the first time since 2010 that Johnson caught two TD passes in a game.
The Colts had a first down at the Houston 7 late in the first quarter after a 46-yard pass interference call on Kareem Jackson. But the Texans sacked Luck on second down and an incompletion on third down forced Indianapolis to settle for a 30-yard field goal that made it 14-3.
Johnson's third touchdown came on a 5-yard reception just before halftime.
Luck was sacked three times in the second quarter -- twice on the Colts' first drive of the period -- as Indianapolis struggled early.
The Colts were playing their first game since losing star receiver Reggie Wayne for the season. Wayne tore his right ACL in an Oct. 20 win over Denver and had season-ending surgery. ... Texans running back Arian Foster, who missed practice earlier in the week with a hamstring injury, left late in the quarter with a back injury and didn't return. ... Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was evaluated for a concussion, but coach Chuck Pagano said after the game that he did not have a concussion.
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans warms up before playing the Indianapolis Colts at...(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||7.1|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||14:00||Andre Johnson 62 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Randy Bullock Kick)||0||7|
|TD||04:13||Andre Johnson 41 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Randy Bullock Kick)||0||14|
|FG||03:30||Adam Vinatieri 30 Yd||3||14|
|TD||00:34||Andre Johnson 5 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Randy Bullock Kick)||3||21|
|FG||11:54||Adam Vinatieri 35 Yd||6||21|
|FG||04:25||Randy Bullock 43 Yd||6||24|
|TD||00:05||T.Y. Hilton 10 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||12||24|
|TD||09:46||T.Y. Hilton 58 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||19||24|
|TD||04:00||T.Y. Hilton 9 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Andrew Luck Pass To Coby Fleener For Two-Point Conversion)||27||24|
Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns against four or fewer pass rushers in the second half, including the game-winner to T.Y. Hilton. The Texans' four-man pass rush put pressure on Luck in the first half, sacking or putting him under duress on 5-of-9 dropbacks (56%), but couldn't get to him in the second half. - Andrew Luck was 3-3 for 78 yards and two touchdowns when targeting T.Y. Hilton in the second half against standard pressure.[+]
Andrew Luck Facing 4 or Fewer Pass Rushers, Sunday
Case Keenum had success stretching the field Sunday; 13 of his 20 completions traveled more than 10 yards downfield. He had two touchdowns on such throws (both to Andre Johnson), matching the season total of Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates. - Andre Johnson had seven receptions on passes traveling more than 10 yards downfield Sunday, matching the most such catches he has had in a game since 2006.[+]
Texans' Passing More Than 10 Yds Downfield
Andrew Luck had a 99.3 Total QBR in the 4th quarter Sunday (6-8 passing, 119 yards, 2 TD), raising his 4th-quarter Total QBR to 83.8 this season, 5th in the NFL. His 4th-quarter passer rating is 73.0 this season, tied for 21st in the NFL.[+]
Andrew Luck Total QBR by Quarter This Season
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