3 TD’s from Rosenfels Leads Texans to 28-14 Win

Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams (90) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown (12) during the fourth quarter of a football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Houston. The Texans beat the Buccaneers, 28-14.

Led by backup QB Sage Rosenfels, the Texans won their 6th game of the season on Sunday, using the QB’s three touchdown scores to help in a big 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Rosenfels was on target all day, his only downfall were the two fumbles he lost, but the defense helped him out, only allowing one to be converted into points.  Rosenfels overall went 27-for-36 for 209 yards with the three scores.  “As a backup, you know sooner or later you’re going to get a chance and you just have to make the most of it,” he said. “I personally feel I am good enough to start in this league. But that’s not something I can control.”

The Bucs blew a shot to win the NFC South, and with it they now will have to wait one more week to start a new streak, as without Jeff Garcia they had a day filled with mistakes and were unable to make many plays on offense without their leader.  “Four game win streak or one game win streak, it really doesn’t matter,” defensive end Gaines Adams said. “We just didn’t get it done. Everything we did today was unacceptable.”

Luke McCown started for Tampa Bay and went 25-for-38 for 266 yards without a TD.  “Luke has got to get rid of the football,” coach Jon Gruden said. “There were some times when he needed to throw the ball away. Sometimes that’s the best play you can make.”  The Bucs made it close at times, closing to 21-14 after Earnest Graham scored from 20 yards out in the third quarter.  The Texans though had a great drive that ended with Rosenfels hitting Owen Daniels with a four-yard score with 14:56 left.

Andre Johnson led the way receiving for the Texans, with 9 catches for 82 yards and a score.  They played ball control, without putting up too many yards (257) they were able to amass 18 first downs and held the ball for 35:06.  The Texans will look for another win Thursday when they take on the Broncos at home on Thursday night football.


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