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Texans Win Governor’s Cup with 23-7 Win over Cowboys

The Houston Texans have taken home the Governor’s Cup for the 2010-2011 NFL season.  In the third preseason game of the year, the Texans and Dallas Cowboys  have decided that this game, not Week 3 NFL Regular Season’s matchup between the two teams at Houston, will be the Governor’s Cup matchup.  The Texans pulled off the win with spectacular plays and consistency by the first and second string offensive and defensive teams.  From the Texans great defensive start with Mario Williams pressuring the quarterback and a Glover Quinn sack to the Amobi Okoye sack, the Texans’ powerful defense continued into the late third quarter with the Texans second string defensive unit.

The Texans starters played well into the third quarter.  Starting quarterback Matt Schaub played an excellent game, going 18-for-23 with 183 yards and a touchdown.  His main receiver, Andre Johnson, played more than well going 79 yards on seven cactches, moving the chains every other catch.  Jacoby Jones also had a good game on the receiving end, going for 63 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. The Texans’ run game didn’t die tonight.  Starter Arian Foster pushed the rock against the helpless Dallas defenders with 110 yards on 18 carries while Jeremiah Johnson ran 53 yards on nine carries, including a 27-yard scramble.

The starting defenders were equally effective.  DeMeco Ryans recovered a fumble, rookie corner Kareem Jackson picked a Romo pass at the Texans 12 and took it to the Cowboys 32, helping the Texans put three on the board after a great Foster scramble up the middle.

The Texans second and third string defense also impressed.  Defensive tackle Malcolm Shepphard made his presence known in his battle for a roster spot, and the Texans’ defense as a whole kept pressure on the Cowboys first and second string run and pass offense.  Great game on that point!

The Texans kickers ended up as Neil Rackers connected 2-for-2 and Kris Brown 1-for-1 while both kickers had great kicks after scores.  On the other end of the special teams, the Texans gave room to worry about whether they could stop a kick returner past the opponent 25-35 yard lines.

For the Cowboys, Romo and the boys had a terrible showing for the first three quarters.  In fact, the Cowboys’ first half offense amounted to -1 yards total offense, while Romo ended up with 13-for-18 passing with 148 yards, one interception, two sacks and two fumbles lost.

The Texans look to continue their momentum into next week’s match-up against the Buccaneers at Tampa Bay before wrapping up the preseason and heading into Week 1’s match-up against the rival Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Steve Slaton’s bruised foot is not expected to keep him out any time upcoming this year. Expect the starters to sit the majority or all of next week’s final preseason game.

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