Texans-Jags: The Last Time They Met…
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The Texans last faced the Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Jacksonville and won, 20-13.
After losing QB Matt Leinart to a shoulder injury late in the second quarter, the Texans held on for a 20-13 victory against the Jaguars at EverBank Field. It was Houston’s first road win at Jacksonville and season sweep of the Jaguars since 2006.
Rookie QB T.J. Yates replaced Leinart, who made his first start in place of Matt Schaub, and went 8-of-15 for 70 yards in his NFL debut. Defense and special teams led the way for the Texans on a day when their offense had a season-low 215 yards. OLB Connor Barwin had a team-record four sacks, and rookie DE J.J. Watt had two more as the Texans tied a team record with seven.
Jacoby Jones averaged 16.6 yards on seven punt returns. CB Sherrick McManis had a season-long 45-yard kickoff return. K Neil Rackers went 2-of-2 on field goals with a long of 53 and rookie P Brett Hartmann pinned the Jaguars inside their 20-yard line three times.
Leinart was 10-of-13 for 57 yards and a touchdown, a 20-yard pass to TE Joel Dreessen, before his injury.
The Jaguars scored first when CB Ashton Youboty returned an Arian Foster fumble 38 yards for a touchdown on the Texans’ second play from scrimmage.
Later in the first quarter, Foster burst through the middle of the Jaguars defense for a 43-yard run on third-and-two from the Houston 41. He lept over the goal line five plays later for a 1-yard touchdown that tied the game at 7-7.
After a 21-yard field goal by Jaguars K Josh Scobee, Jones set up the Texans for the go-ahead touchdown with a 42-yard punt return to the Jacksonville 26-yard line. Two plays later, Leinart stepped up under pressure and floated a pass to Dreessen, who ran it into the end zone from the 5-yard line.
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph picked off rookie QB Blaine Gabbert on the next series to set up Rackers’ 53-yard field goal. Leinart was injured on the Texans’ next possession on a hit from DE Jeremy Mincey.
Yates came in and completed 3-of-4 passes to set up a 33-yard Rackers field goal and a 20-10 halftime lead. The only score of the second half was a 35-yard field goal by Scobee with 4:19 remaining. Texans CB Brice McCain broke up a pass intended for Mike Thomas on fourth-and-2 with 1:15 remaining to seal the victory.