HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Texans rookie wideout Will Fuller turned Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans into a track meet. The first-rounder out of Notre Dame tallied 147 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 67-yard touchdown as Houston defeated their division rival 27-20 at NRG Stadium.
Fuller has three touchdowns in his first four games as a professional.
The Texans were under new direction on offense as Bill O’Brien took over the play-calling duties from offensive coordinator George Godsey. O’Brien said at his Friday press conference that the person calling the play “didn’t matter.” Based on the offense’s first half performance, it had an effect.
The Texans scored on their opening drive for the first time in 2016 as they rode Lamar Miller and Fuller into the red zone before Osweiler found CJ Fiedorowicz for a 14 yard touchdown reception to give the Texans the early 7-0 lead.
The tight ends stayed busy on the Texans second drive as Osweiler found Ryan Griffin for a 45-yard completion to the Tennessee nine yard line.
Early in the second quarter after a grounding penalty against Osweiler pushed the Texans out of field goal range, the Titans were called for having 12 men on the field and pushed the ball five yards up. This allowed Nick Novak to kick a career-long tying 53-yard field goal
Quintin Demps picked off Mariota on a poor pass thrown on the run to give the Texans the ball on their own 41-yard line. On the ensuing Texans’ possession, Osweiler extended his string of consecutive games with an interception to five as he threw a ball high to DeAndre Hopkins that was intercepted by The Titans then pulled even at 17-17 with 2:28 remaining in the half on a DeMarco Murray one yard touchdown.
The Texans led 20-17 at the half after Novak kicked a 45-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining.
The Titans pulled even with a Ryan Succop 26 yard field goal on their first drive of the second half.
Fuller gave the Texans the lead when he scored his punt return touchdown with 56 seconds remaining in the third period.
The 3-1 Texans will travel to Minnesota next week to take on the currently unbeaten Vikings.
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