NFL Game Summary - Oakland at Houston|
(Sunday, November 17th)
Final Score: Oakland 28, Houston 23
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt McGloin threw for 197 yards and three
touchdowns in his first NFL start, and the Oakland defense came up with a late
goal-line stand as the Raiders held off the reeling Houston Texans, 28-23, at
McGloin, making the start in place of an injured Terrelle Pryor, completed 18-
of-32 passes. Rashad Jennings racked up 150 rushing yards, including an 80-
yard TD scamper late in the third quarter that gave Oakland (4-6) a 28-17
Matt Schaub replaced an ineffective Case Keenum under center on Houston's
next series and guided the Texans (2-8) on a pair of scoring drives that Randy
Bullock capped with field goals of 26 and 30 yards, respectively, to bring
Houston within five with just over eight minutes left in the fourth.
After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, Houston forced another Oakland punt
and Schaub found Andre Johnson for 22 yards two plays later to move Houston to
the Oakland 35.
Ben Tate touched the ball on the next four plays to get Houston to the 2-yard
line, but the Texans running back was stuffed for a 1-yard loss on 3rd-and-1
from the two.
After a false start penalty left Houston facing a do-or-die 4th-and-7,
Schaub's pass to the end zone was batted away, and the Raiders ran out the
remainder of the clock to escape with the victory.
"We played great today," McGloin said. "What can you say about the defense
there in the end? That's one of the big reasons why we won the game obviously.
I'm really happy about that."
Rod Streater and Mychal Rivera each added a touchdown grab for Oakland, which
had lost its last eight road games since a victory in Kansas City on Oct. 28
of last year.
Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown with one
interception, but was removed after the Texans went three-and-out on their
first three possessions of the second half.
"It's a business, and the business is the game, and the game is producing and
playing well," Keenum said. "I wasn't the best thing for the team at that
point, I guess."
Schaub finished 12-of-25 for 155 yards in relief, while Garrett Graham caught
seven passes for a game-high 136 yards and a score for the Texans, who dropped
their eighth straight game despite the return of head coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak, who suffered a mini-stroke during halftime of Houston's Week 9 loss to
Indianapolis, called offensive plays from the press box.
"I didn't like being up there, but if that's what they want me to do, that's
what I'll do," Kubiak said of coaching from the press box. "You don't feel
emotion up there and stuff."
The Texans turned the ball over deep in their own territory on two of their
first three possessions and the Raiders found the end zone after each miscue
to build a 14-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
Graham was stripped by Charles Woodson at the end of a 10-yard grab on
Houston's third play from scrimmage and Phillip Adams returned the fumble 26
yards to the Houston 16.
McGloin's first NFL touchdown gave Oakland the lead six plays later, as he
found Denarius Moore on a quick slant for a 5-yard score and a 7-0 edge.
"I was more anxious to get going and things like that," McGloin said of his
first start. "But things really couldn't have started any better for us
getting the ball in that position and then going and scoring."
Houston went three-and-out on its second touch and Nick Roach picked off
Keenum's next pass on the first play of the Texans' third drive to give
Oakland possession at the Houston 16.
McGloin made good on the turnover on the next play, firing a 16-yard scoring
strike to Streater to make it 14-0 with 3:45 left in the opening frame.
Keenum got Houston on the board early in the second with a quick 4-play series
that he capped with 42-yard touchdown pass to Graham.
Keenum faked a run on the play, rolled right, and slipped through a tackle
before catching his balance along the sideline and heaving a deep ball for
Graham, who hauled in the score in the front of the end zone to make it 14-7
just over three minutes into the second.
Houston's special teams unit came up with a big play later in the frame to
even the score, as Keshawn Martin returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown.
Martin fumbled the ball briefly when a short-hop handcuffed him as he tried to
field the punt, but the speedy return man calmly scooped up the ball and
weaved his way down the middle of the field for his first career punt return
After Oakland went three-and-out on its next possession, Bullock buried a 51-
yard field goal to send Houston into halftime with a 17-14 edge.
Following an exchange of punts to open the second half, McGloin led the
Raiders on a 5-play, 73-yard scoring drive, culminating in a 26-yard TD pass
to Rivera that put the Raiders on top, 21-17, with 8:13 left in the third.
Oakland then forced back-to-back three-and-outs from Houston before Jennings
took a direct snap out of the Wildcat and surged 80 yards off the left side,
as he ran over safety D.J. Swearinger and galloped down the sideline to make
it 28-17 in favor of Oakland late in the third.
McGloin's three TD passes were the most by an Oakland quarterback this season
... Houston's eight-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history ...
Johnson finished with a game-high 10 catches for 116 yards ... Tate totaled 88
yards on 19 totes ... Streater caught six passes for a team-high 84 yards ...
Houston finished a woeful 2-for-16 on third-down efficiency.
11/17 20:14:59 ET