HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – After struggling for most of the game Brock Osweiler lead the Houston Texans to a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Nick Novak kicked in a 37 yard field goal in the Texans 26-23 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at NRG Stadium.
Osweiler struggled mightily for most of the game as the Texans didn’t find the end zone until the third quarter. Osweiler would also throw an interception in his sixth straight start.
The Texans offense struggled and had just five total yards on their three first quarter possessions. Lamar Miller ran for a first down on the Texans’ first play from scrimmage with a 12 yard run before the team repeatedly stalled out.
The Colts scored the game’s first points on a Adam Vinatieri 41-yard field goal with 4:51 remaining to make it 3-0 Indianapolis
In the second half the Texans came out running early and often. Miller scored the Texans first rushing touchdown of the season with 7:06 left in the 3rd quarter to pull the Texans within four at 13-9. Nick Novak’s extra point was no good. Miller would finish with 178 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on the day for the Texans.
The Colts answered back with a touchdown run by Andrew Luck from 14-yards out that gave Indianapolis a 20-9 lead. They would then add on a field goal to increase their lead to 23-9. With seven minutes to go the Texans got the ball back needing two scores.
Osweiler led the team methodically down the field, sometimes seeming to be in no hurry at all. When deep in the Colts territory Osweiler dumped a pass off to Lamar Miller, who danced and cut back away from a number of Colts defenders and scampered in from ten yards out to cut the Colts lead to 7 with 2:37 left in the contest. The Texans were able to cause the Colts a three-and-out and get the ball back with just under two minutes left.
Osweiler again moved the Texans down the field and found C.J. Fiedorowicz in the middle of the field for a 37-yard touchdown to tie the game. He would finish 25-39 for 269, two touchdowns and the one interception.
The Colts had a chance to give Vinatieri the opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation but stalled out at the 50-yard line sending the game to overtime.
Indianapolis started with the ball for overtime but couldn’t muster more than one first down and were forced to punt. The Texans used Miller on the ground and found multiple recievers through the air to get into Colts territory. Then Osweiler took a shot down the sideline to second-year receiver Jaelen Strong for a big completion that put the ball at the Colts 12-yard line. Osweiler set the ball for Novak on the 15 yard line and the veteran kicker made the 37-yarder to win the game for the Texans.
The win give Houston a virtual 3-game lead in the AFC South at 4-2 and drops the Colts to 2-4 on the year.
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