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Jacksonville (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans committed 14 penalties for 177 yards as well as three that kept the Jacksonville Jaguars offense on the field after either 3rd down failures or an interception.   The penalties helped the Texans to their 11th straight loss falling 20-27 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum in the 3rd quarter and led the Texans to a touchdown on his first drive but could not rally the Texans enough to break the franchise record losing streak.  Keenum and Schaub finished the game with similar numbers both throwing one touchdown and one interception.  Keenum went 16/29 for 159 yards while Schaub was 17/29 for 198 yards in his replacement role.

The Jaguars drove 80-yards on their opening drive, mixing the run and pass and capping it off with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Henne to Marcedes Lewis to take a 7-0 lead.

The Texans couldn’t get anything going on their first two drives, punting on both.

Jacksonville got a break on their third drive when a deep ball by Chad Henne caused Shilo Keo to run into Ace Sanders for a 32 yard pass interference penalty that moved the ball to the 11 yard line.  Another penalty on the Texans gave the Jaguars the ball at the 6 yard line.  From there Chad Henne found Cecil Shorts III for a 6-yard TD and a 14-0 lead.

The Texans put a drive together that spanned 6:57 seconds of the game clock.  Keenum went 8-10 on the drive finding Keshawn Martin for the 8-yard touchdown to cut the Jaguars lead in half at 7-14 with under two minutes to go in the half.

Keenum and the Texans would get one last shot before the half to tie the game but he was intercepted by Alan Ball at the Jaguars 41 yard line.

The Jaguars are stopped on 3rd down but a taunting penalty by Swearinger gave Jacksonville a new set of downs.  They tried to give the ball back to the Texans again as Henne was picked off by Eddie Pleasant.

A holding penalty by Swearinger gave the ball back to the Jaguars and they were able to get into field goal range for Josh Scobee to hit a 40-yard field goal for a 10 point lead by the Jaguars at halftime.

The Texans finished the first half with a franchise record 115 penalty yards on 10 first half penalties.

After trading punts to start the 3rd Quarter, the Texans got great field position inside Jaguars territory on a punt return by Keshawn Martin.  After a big play to Andre Johnson, who finished the game with 13 catches and 154 yards, the Texans stalled and got a 34-yard field goal from randy bullock to get the score to 17-10.

The Jaguars answered back with a touchdown on a 21-yard double pass from wide receiver Ace Sanders to running back Jordan Todman for a 24-10 lead.

The Texans then decided to make a change at quarterback and bring back in veteran QB Matt Schaub.  Schaub quickly led the Texans on a 76 yard scoring drive that saw him go 6-7 for all 76 yards and a touchdown to TE Garrett Graham.

The Jaguars offense was almost nonexistent for the rest of the game.

The Texans got back within field goal range again and cut into the Jaguars lead with a 31-yard try from Randy Bullock made the score 20-24.

Matt Schaub led the Texans down to the 13 yard line but could not convert on 4th and 2 turning the ball over on downs.

He got another shot with just over two minutes to go in the game but was intercepted by Geno Hayes.

Josh Scobee would add a 39-yard field goal to complete the Jaguars 27-20 win.

The Texans ran 80 plays to the Jaguars 57 out-gaining the now 4-9 Jags 406-281 in total yards.

Ben Tate only mustered 53 yards on 14 carries while the Jaguars were able to get 103 yards on 14 carries from Maurice Jones-Drew on the ground.

The Texans sit in dead last place in the NFL at 2-11 and currently hold the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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