124719721 8 Game Notes: Texans 34, Colts 7

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Paid Attendance: 71,444 

  • The win improved Houston’s record against Indianapolis to 3-16 all-time and 3-7 in Reliant Stadium. 
  • The win improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 38-43 overall and 25-16 at Reliant Stadium. 
  • The win improved Kubiak’s record against Indianapolis to 3-8 and his record against the AFC South to 11-20. 
  • The win was Houston’s second consecutive victory in a season opener and improved the Texans to 5-5 in season openers overall. The Texans have won back-to-back openers for the first time since 2002 and 2003. 
  • Houston’s 27-point margin of victory was tied for the second-largest in team history. The Texans defeated Cincinnati by 29 points (35-6) on 10/26/08 and defeated Seattle by 27 on 12/13/09 (34-7). 
  • The Texans ran the ball 41 times for 167 yards as a team and improved to 24-3 under Kubiak when running the ball 30 or more times. 
  • The Texans outrushed the Colts, 167 to 64, and improved to 30-12 under Kubiak when outgaining their opponents on the ground. 
  • The Texans defense held Indianapolis to 1-of-11 on third down (11.1 percent). That was the third-lowest conversion percentage for a Texans opponent in team history. The team record-low is 7.1 percent for Seattle (1-of-14) on 12/13/09. 
  • Houston’s 34 first-half points set the franchise record for most in the opening half of play. The previous record was 27 on 12/27/09 at Miami. The Texans went into intermission leading 27-0 on that day. In both cases, the Texans did not score in the second half. 
  • Houston’s 34-0 lead was the largest lead before the opponent scores in team history. The previous mark was a 27-0 lead at Miami on 12/27/09. 
  • Houston scored 17 points in the first quarter, matching the highest-scoring opening period in team history. The Texans also scored 17 on 12/13/09 vs. Seattle. 
  • Indianapolis’ 72 first-half yards were the fifth-fewest allowed in the first half by the Texans in team history and the fewest since. 
  • Houston gained 26 first downs in the game, which was tied for the fourth-most in a game in team history. The last time Houston gained 26 first downs was on 12/19/10 vs. Tennessee. 
  • Houston won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 36:44. Houston improved to 30-15 under head coach Gary Kubiak when leading in time of possession. 
  • Today’s paid attendance was 71,444. That marks the second-largest home crowd in Texans history. The only larger crowd for a Texans home game was last season vs. Dallas on 9/26/10 with an attendance total of 71,456. 
  • FB James Casey made his first start at fullback after playing at tight end his first two seasons. 
  • DT Shaun Cody recovered a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first of the season and the second of his career and his first since his rookie year vs. Chicago on 10/30/05. 
  • ILB Brian Cushing led the team in tackles with seven total stops, including four solos, in his first start at inside linebacker. 
  • P Brett Hartmann’s six touchbacks (five in the first half) were the most in a game in team history. The previous mark was four touchbacks, which was done twice, at Denver on 12/26/10 and 10/22/06 vs. Jacksonville. 
  • Hartmann boomed a 54-yard punt on his first career attempt. The punt was nearly downed inside the Indianapolis 5-yard line before rolling into the end zone for a touchback. 
  • WR Andre Johnson passed Herman Moore (9,174) for 41st place on the all-time receiving yardage list with his first catch of the game, a 21-yard gain. Johnson entered the season with 9,163 career yards. 
  • Johnson passed Laveranues Coles for 36th place on the NFL’s all-time reception list with his second catch of the game. Johnson entered the season with 673 career receptions. 
  • Johnson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his first of the season and the 51st of his career. 
  • WR Jacoby Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was his third career punt return for touchdown and his fourth score on a return overall. Jones’ last punt return touchdown came on 10/26/08 on a 73-yard return vs. Cincinnati. 
  • Jones set the franchise career record for returns for touchdown with the fourth of his career. He entered the game with three career return scores, which tied him with André Davis and Jerome Mathis. 
  • Jones’ 91 punt return yards were the third-most in team history and the second-most in his career. He had 100 yards on five returns at Arizona on 10/11/09 and Avion Black had 92 yards on three returns vs. Baltimore on 12/15/02. 
  • K Neil Rackers connected on a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter to give the Texans their first points of the season. The kick extended Rackers’ streak of consecutive made field goals inside of 45 yards to 54 in a row. 
  • Rackers connected on a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, further extending his streak to 55 straight from inside 45 yards. 
  • Rackers scored 10 points in the game (2 field goals, 4 extra points), raising his career scoring total to 1,039 points. He passed Bruce Gossett (1,031) for 42nd place on the all-time list with his first field goal of the day. 
  • QB Matt Schaub threw his first touchdown pass of the season on a 4-yard strike to WR Andre Johnson in the second quarter. Schaub has now thrown a touchdown pass in nine consecutive games. 
  • Schaub ended the first half 12-of-16 for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception, giving him a first-half passer rating of 101.6. 
  • Schaub threw for 220 yards on 17-of-24 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 78.5 for the day. 
  • DE Antonio Smith notched his first sack of the season and forced a fumble. The forced fumble was the seventh of his career and his first since 10/3/10 at Oakland. 
  • RB Ben Tate’s 116 yards were the most by a Texans running back in his debut for the team. Stacey Mack rushed for 89 yards in the season opener at Miami on 9/7/03. 
  • Tate made his NFL debut after missing his rookie season due to injury and gained four yards on his first career carry. 
  • Tate scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. 
  • RB Derrick Ward made his first start as a Texan and his first since 9/27/09 vs. the New York Giants when he played for Tampa Bay. 
  • Ward scored the Texans’ first touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. It was the 11th of his career. Ward has scored in consecutive games dating back to the 2010 season finale vs. Jacksonville (1/2/11). 
  • Ward surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards on his 1-yard touchdown run, his sixth carry of the game. He entered the season with 2,476 career yards. 
  • DE J.J. Watt recovered a fumble in his NFL debut, falling on a fumbled snap in the first quarter. Watt finished the game with five solo tackles and one quarterback hit. 
  • OLB Mario Williams picked up the 50th sack of his career when he dropped Collins for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter. He entered the game with 48.0 career sacks. 
  • Williams picked up his first sack of the season on Indianapolis’ first drive, dropping Colts QB Kerry Collins for a nine-yard loss. 
  • Williams’ two sacks were the sixth and seventh of his career on opening day. He had 1.0 last season vs. Indianapolis, 2.0 in 2008 at Pittsburgh and 2.0 in 2007 vs. Kansas City. Although he officially had one sack in last season’s opener, he actually registered a pair of half-sacks, giving him four multi-sack efforts in six season openers. 
  • Williams registered his 12th career multi-sack game and his third on opening day. He also had 2.0 sacks in 2007 vs. Kansas City and in 2008 at Pittsburgh. 
  • Williams forced a fumble on his second sack of the day. It was his 11th career forced fumble. 
  • The team voted on season-long captains Friday. The offense elected WR Andre Johnson and QB Matt Schaub, while the defense elected ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith. K Neil Rackers is the special teams captain. 
  • The following Texans rookies made their NFL debuts: OLB Bryan Braman, P Brett Hartmann, OLB Brooks Reed and DE J.J. Watt. Second-year RB Ben Tate also made his debut after missing the 2010 season with a broken ankle. 
  • The following veterans made their Texans debuts: ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Bryant Johnson, CB Johnathan Joseph and SS Danieal Manning
  • The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.
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