Houston (CBS Houston) – Case Keenum had the Texans faithful chanting his name as he put up a heroic effort for the hometown fans in the Texans fell to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24. The Texans sixth straight loss also saw their Head Coach taken to the hospital and miss the second half.
Head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field at the end of the first half and was taken to a local hospital for tests. Kubiak was conscious and talking while at the hospital with his family at the last update given by the Texans.
After Kubiak was taken to the hospital, Wade Phillips took over as interim head coach.
“There was a lot of unkown,” Phillips said after the game. “Everything was unknown as to what was going on and what happened to Kub. Rick Dennison obviously called the plays from the press box. We had to adjust as far as the head coach not being there. But it was a shock to everybody.”
In Keenum’s second start of his young career turned out to be a lot like his first, with a tough loss to a division leading team, without the help of his number one running back Arian Foster. Foster left the game with a back injury after just two plays. He was sidelined two weeks ago with a hamstring injury that held him out of practice until Thursday of this week.
Case showed good chemistry with veteran wide-out Andre Johnson as the two hooked up for three first half touchdowns and 190 yards, a record for one half for Johnson. Keenum seemed to make all the plays he needed to as the starting quarterback for the Texans. He scrambled, threw the ball deep on 3rd down, and ran a read-option play that had the local fans chanting “Keenum!”
Despite the well played game by the University of Houston product, that saw him finish with 350 yards and three touchdowns, the Texans were done in by three missed field goals and some sloppy defense in the second half.
For the second time this year Bullock missed three field goals in one game. The last time, however, the Texans were able to pull out a win over the Tennessee Titans, their last win of the season.
Andre Johnson caught nine passes for 229 yards and the three touchdowns but it was not enough for Houston. Keenum hit Johnson on the third play of the game for a 62 yard touchdown, Johnson’s first of the year, to give the Texans an early 7-0 lead.
After turning the ball over on downs inside the Colts red-zone the Texans defense stepped up to stop Andrew Luck and the Colts offense to get the ball back into Keenum’s hands.
Keenum turned that into a 41-yard touchdown pass to his all-pro receiver with pressure in his face and the Texans faithful were loving every minute of the 14-0 lead.
The Texans were able to add another Keenum to Johnson touchdown pass late in the second quarter to head into the locker room 21-3.
The second half seemed to be a reverse of fortunes as the Texans saw a field goal on the Colts first drive cut the home team’s lead to 15. The Texans answered back with a field goal of their own, but that would stop the scoring for the Texans and they would have that 24-6 for a few more minutes.
Andrew Luck, playing without his star wide-receiver Reggie Wayne, found TY Hilton for the first of their three touchdown connections. The Colts went for the two point conversion and missed, leaving their deficit at twelve.
Bullock had a chance to add to the lead, but missed the second of his three misses, this from 48 yards. The Colts turned the good field position into a quick touchdown with a 58-yard TD pass from Luck to Hilton on the second play of the drive to make it a one possession game, 24-19.
The Colts very next possession they completed the comeback. The score was a nine yard pass to Hilton, with a two point conversion catch by TE Coby Fleener to put the Colts up for good at 27-24.
The Texans would get two more chances with the ball to tie or take the lead as time ran down. The final chance coming on a field goal opportunity from Bullock that missed well wide left from 55 yards.
Keenum has thrown for 627 yards and four touchdowns in his two starts for the Texans.
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