Texans Two-Step to a Big Lead Over Jets; Hold On for 23-17 Win

The beat goes on.

Led by another solid outing by Arian Foster, and a defense that did it’s part in the end, the Texans are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, thanks to a 23-17 win over the Jets at Metlife Stadium.

Foster raced for 152 yards and a touchdown, helping the Texans build a 20-7 lead before the Jets rallied to cut it to 23-17 with a shot to go on game-winning drive in the final minutes.

With the game on the line, Mark Sanchez was intercepted by Kareem Jackson on a pass that tipped off the hands of Jeff Cumberland with 1:51 remaining, and the Texans were able to run the clock out.

Matt Schaub completed 14-of-28 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Shayne Graham connected on three field goals for the Texans, who keep building on their best start in franchise history.

Owen Daniels added 79 yards and a score on four receptions in the win for Houston, who have become the best team in the AFC in clear cut fashion just five weeks into the 2012 campaign.

The Jets were heavy underdogs after coming off a 34-0 loss to San Francisco last week, but made a game of it.

They did finally turn to backup quarterback Tim Tebow, and he got the crowd fired up at times throughout the game, including running for a first down on a fake punt, but had little impact otherwise.

Sanchez went 14-for-31 through the air for 230 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for New York, which had been 5-0 all-time against the Texans since the team entered the league in 2002.

Jeremy Kerley paced all Jets receivers with five catches for 94 yards.

The Jets got a huge splash play on special teams, as Joe McKnight took a kickoff back 100 yards that put the Jets back into the game going from 20-7 to 20-14.

Graham pushed it to 23-14 late in the third quarter, before Nick Folk kicked a field goal to cut it to 23-17 with 11:55 remaining.

The Texans held a 17-7 advantage at the half and added to their lead on their first touch of the third quarter when Graham capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive that lasted nearly eight minutes with a 42-yard field goal.

McKnight grabbed the ensuing kickoff at his goal line and raced up the middle of the field before cutting down the left sideline nearly untouched for a 100- yard touchdown, bringing the Jets back within 20-14 with 4:38 left in the quarter.

After New York failed to grab an onside kick attempt, Houston took advantage of the short field as James Casey‘s 30-yard gain on a screen pass set up a 22- yard kick by Graham.

The Jets quickly moved the ball deep into Houston territory on its next touch as Sanchez found Cumberland and Kerley for gains of 24 and 36 yards, respectively, but they could not push the ball across the goal line and were forced to settle for Folk’s 21-yard field goal.

The Texans will look for 6-0, but it won’t be easy, as they play host Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers.


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