Reporting Will Grubb
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Houston (CBS Houston) - Regardless of who was under center, the Texans quarterbacks shined in a 24-17 win over the Miami Dolphins Saturday night.
Matt Schaub started slow throwing an interception on just the third play of the game but it didn’t take long for the offense to rebound.
The next possession Schaub marched the offense down the field engineering an eight play 66-yard touchdown drive capped off with a 15-yard touchdown reception by Owen Daniels. And with that Matt Schaub was done for the day and unfortunately so was DeAndre Hopkins. The first round pick was taken to the locker room with what head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed was a concussion.
Schaub finished 8 for 11 with 92 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Dolphins answered driving 80 yards before Ryan Tanehill connected with Mike Wallace for a 9-yard touchdown tying the game at 7-7.
Case Keenum took over the field general duties next. The former University of Houston standout wasted no time showing he should be Matt Schaub’s permanent back-up. Keenum commanded the offense for a quick scoring drive of 68 yards that lasted all of 1:59. A beautifully placed deep ball to Lestar Jean resulted in a 38-yard touchdown pass that lead many in reliant stadium to begin chattering about what Keenum could bring to the Texans offense.
“(Jean) has a knack to get open and made a big play on that fourth down.” said Case Keenum.
Once again the Dolphins answered, tying the game at 14-14 with a four-yard run from Lamar Miller. Randy Bullock then showed his leg to the hometown crowd for the first time this season with a 46-yard field goal. The Texans took a 17-14 lead in to halftime.
When T.J. Yates’ turn came, midway through the third quarter, it was the same story as his predecessors. The offense moved freely through the air but struggled to establish a ground game. Yates did his best to match Case Keenum’s 38-yard touchdown pass with a 33-yard touchdown pass of his own. Yates found tight end Garrett Graham for the score to finish the Texans’ scoring for the night.
Schaub, Keenum, and Yates finished a combined 26-38 for 303 yards, 3 touchdowns and one interception. Case Keenum and T.J. Yates continue to be neck and neck in a battle for the backup quarterback spot.
“I think it’s making both of them play better. I think both of them had great nights, I mean how could you complain about either one?” said Texans owner Bob McNair.
As the battle continues, Gary Kubiak has a decision looming.
“They are making it really hard on me, they are both doing good things, and that’s a good thing for our team” said Kubiak.
While the offense flourished through the air it struggled to establish the ground game early as they recorded 112 rushing yards, 55 of which came from Deji Karim.
The poor rushing totals with the starters and number two guys on the field highlight a rough night for the offensive line. Derek Newton had trouble corralling Cameron Wake for most of first quarter giving up a key sack on third down.
Sam Montgomery made his pre-season debut but fellow draft pick Tevardo Willams outshined him tallying back to back sacks in the 4th quarter.