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Houston (CBS Houston) - Matt Schaub and DeAndre Hopkins bailed out kicker Randy Bullock in overtime to give the Houston Texans a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans to improve to 2-0 on the season. A four yard touchdown pass from Schaub to the rookie Hopkins with 10:32 to go in Overtime locked up the Texans victory in their home opener.
The final drive went 78-yards on 11 plays for the Texans, but would not have been needed if second year kicker Randy Bullock had made one of his three field goal attempts on the day. The final miss clanging off the upright as time expired. The win for the Texans is their second win on the last play of the game this season.
The game was just like Texans head coach Gary Kubiak thought it would be. Earlier in the week, Kubiak said he expected the a hard nosed back and fourth battle between the division rivals.
Ben Tate jump started the offense with a 60-yard on the opening drive eventually led to a Garrett Graham 1- yard touchdown catch. Despite the fast start, the game settled down into a battle of field position and time of possession. Tennessee would answer on the next drive to tie the game at seven. Randy Bullock proceeded to ignite concerns about the kicking game after missing back to back 50-yard field goals that would have given the Texans the lead.
The Texans were trending downward heading into the locker room for half-time. Former Texan Bernard Pollard intercepted a tipped pass to set up a 47-yard Rob Bironas field goal. The Titans hit the locker room with a 10-7 lead.
After halftime the Texans defense forced 4 straight three-and-outs allowing the Matt Schaub to connect with Owen Daniels for an over the shoulder touchdown. Joe Mays and the defense weren’t done yet. After Shane Lechler pinned the Titans down inside their own 10 yard line, Joe Mays stopped Chris Johnson in the end zone to force a safety and push the Texans lead to 16-10.
The Titans got back on top late into the 4th quarter as the Titans drove 99 yards on 9 plays capping it off with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Locker to Delaine Walker to give the Titans back the lead 17-16. The Texans looked to get back into the game, but a sack deep in their own territory left them with a third and long with just over five minutes to play.
On that third down play Matt Schaub was picked off by Alterraun Verner. Verner took the pick back for a touchdown to jump the Titans lead from one point to eight with 4:59 left in the game.
The Texans went three and out on their next drive and were forced to punt. Houston struggled all game on third down going 6-17 on the decisive down.
The Texans defense held the Titans and got the offense the ball back with just over four minutes to play. The Texans followed with an eight play 87 yard drive highlighted by a great play by Andre Johnson that was reviewed after being called incomplete and revesed for a catch. Johnson left the game after that play with a head injury, finishing the game with eight catches for 76 yards. capped Arian Foster capped off the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run and two-point conversion to tie the game at 24-24.
The Texans got the ball back after stopping the Titans on 3rd and 1 yard to go. With :57 left, Schaub and the Texans offense drove down within the Titans 30-yard-line with a chance to win the game. After the Titans tried to ice Randy Bullock, who’d missed two earlier field goals, they jumped offside and gave Bullock five more yards to work with. After another timeout for the Titans, Bullock was finally able to try for his second game winner in consecutive weeks. This attempt hit off the left upright and bounced onto the field of play, forcing overtime.
DeAndre Hopkins had 7 catches for 117 yards on the game, including two for 28 yards in overtime and the game winning touchdown to lead the Texans offense. Matt Schaub was 23/48 with three touchdowns and two interceptions for 298 yards.
The Texans out-gained the Titans 452-248 total yards on the game, but saw three drives into Titans territory not produce points.
The Texans improve their record to 2-0 on the season sitting alone on top of the AFC South. The Titans fall to 1-1 on the season.
Houston travels to face the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (1-1) next week.
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