NFL Game Summary - Miami at Houston|
(Sunday, September 9th)
Final Score: Houston 30, Miami 10
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Arian Foster ran for a pair of touchdowns
during a 24-point barrage late in the first half, as the Houston Texans opened
the season with a 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium.
The Texans looked sluggish early and trailed 3-0 midway through the second
quarter, but the stout Houston defense forced four consecutive Miami turnovers
-- including three interceptions of Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill
-- in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the half and the offense took advantage with
four scores to turn the game around.
Foster, who was questionable for the game because of a knee issue, ran for 79
yards and two scores on 26 carries for Houston (1-0), which is considered a
Super Bowl contender after reaching the playoffs for the first time as AFC
South champs last year.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, who missed the final six games of the 2011
regular season and the team's playoff run because of a foot injury, had a nice
return. He completed 20-of-31 passes for 266 yards with a touchdown in the
After the game, it was announced that Schaub signed a four-year extension with
"I want to finish my career here," Schaub said. "We've got a tremendous
organization. I'm extremely excited."
Tannehill, the first Dolphins rookie quarterback to start a season opener, did
not look like the second coming of Dan Marino, who was the last Miami
quarterback selected with a first-round draft pick. The Texas A&M product,
chosen eighth overall in April, threw for 219 yards on 20-of-36 efficiency for
a Miami offense that did not produce a touchdown.
"Any time you turn the ball over, you can't be happy with yourself," said
Tannehill. "We hurt ourselves more than they stopped us."
It was a losing debut for new Miami coach Joe Philbin, who was Green Bay's
offensive coordinator last season. The Dolphins (0-1) are coming off a 6-10
mark in 2011 that included an 0-7 start, and are trying to avoid a fourth
straight losing season.
Johnathan Joseph came up with the first pick of Tannehill, leading to a tying
35-yard Shayne Graham field goal with 6:12 left in the half.
Things only got worse for the Dolphins ... and quickly.
Brian Cushing picked off a deflected Tannehill throw near midfield and Foster
finished a 7-play, 54-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to give the
Texans a 10-3 lead.
On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Kareem Jackson picked off another
tipped Tannehill pass. A pass interference penalty at the goal line then set
up Foster's 2-yard TD run to make it 17-3 with just 43 seconds left before
The Texans, however, still weren't done, as Danieal Manning recovered a Daniel
Thomas fumble on the first play after the next kickoff and Schaub found Andre
Johnson with a 14-yard TD pass just three plays later to make it 24-3 heading
to the break.
Miami stopped Houston's first possession of the third quarter and immediately
cashed in thanks to Marcus Thigpen's 72-yard punt return for a touchdown, but
the Texans answered with a 64-yard drive that ended in a 40-yard field goal
from Graham for a 27-10 advantage.
Graham added a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Miami's next
two drives ended with turnovers on downs inside the Houston 10.
Tannehill's first offensive series ended with a fumble on 3rd-and-6 from near
midfield, although the Dolphins managed to recover and punted it away. The
Texans followed with a march to the Miami 30, but it ended in missed 52-yard
field goal by Graham.
The Dolphins took advantage of the field position and drove far enough for a
39-yard Dan Carpenter field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Texans improved to 7-0 all-time against the Dolphins ... Johnson had eight
catches for 119 yards for Houston ... Reggie Bush led the Miami ground game
with 69 yards on 14 carries and added six receptions for 46 yards ... Marino
didn't start in his rookie season until Miami's sixth game of the 1983
campaign ... Miami's only previous run of four straight losing seasons came in
the first four years of the franchise from 1966-69.
09/09 20:09:46 ET