Texans fall two yards shy of a win

Texans fall two yards shy of a win
November 17, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Two yards were all that stood in the way of the Texans and their first win in over two months.

Now, they’ll have to wait at least another week.

The Texans fell to the Raiders 28-23 at Reliant Stadium on Sunday afternoon after getting the ball near the goal line in the waning moments. Matt Schaub, who came into the game for a benched Case Keenum, led the team on a near-winning drive.

After Ben Tate failed to get into the end zone on three straight plays, Schaub’s pass to Andre Johnson fell incomplete. Game over.

“I messed up. I’ll just put it like that,” Johnson said. “I messed up.”

Johnson and Schaub were seen yelling at each other on the field after the play and then again on the sideline. Both said the issue was resolved after the game but, at least for a short time, frustrations boiled over for two of the leaders of a 2-8 football team.

“Yeah, that was the plan,” J.J. Watt said when asked if he thought the Texans were going to pull out the win.

Really, not much has gone according to plan this season. The Texans started the season with Super Bowl aspirations but the team has been awful. New starter Case Keenum was pulled in the third quarter and Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie free agent quarterback from Penn State, threw three touchdown passes against the Texans’ defense.

But this time, the Texans were very close to ending their losing streak.

After Tate ran the ball down to the Raiders’ 11-yard line, he took the next carry to the 9. But on the following play, he caught a short pass and was heading toward the end zone when he was stripped. He fell on the ball but the Texans were short of the first-down marker.

“It’s very tough. It’s tough,” Tate said. “I feel like I should have made a play. I feel like I let the team down, so it’s tough.”

On the play after the fumble, Tate was stuffed in the backfield. After a false start by Brandon Brooks, Schaub’s fourth-down pass for Johnson went incomplete and the Raiders were able to run out the clock.
“It's high. High as ever,” offensive guard Wade Smith said about his frustration level. “We were in a position to win the game and we didn’t come up with the play. It is very disappointing.”

The Texans had a 17-14 lead heading into the third quarter but the offense then sputtered. Keenum was removed from the game late in the third quarter. The Texans were outscored 14-0 in the third quarter.

Behind Schaub, the Texans put up six points in the fourth but were unable to get into the end zone.

And they got close. But they couldn’t pull out a win. Again.

“There’s been a lot of games like that, that’s came down to two-minute drills this season,” wide receiver DeVier Posey said. “I don’t know. Everybody hands up in the air. The only thing we can do is put our heads together and try to figure out what we can do to put the ball in the paint.”