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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 23, 2011) Today, the Houston Texans will face off against their AFC rivals, the Tennessee Titans with a 12 p.m. CT kickoff in Nashville.
The last time the Texans faced the Titans, Houston trailed 24-3 at halftime and never caught up in a 31-17 loss on Dec. 19, 2010 at LP Field in Nashville.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 35-of-54 for 325 yards, but the Titans out-rushed the Texans 147-30.
Titans running back Chris Johnson had 130 rushing yards, while Tennessee held RB Arian Foster to a season-low 15 yards on 11 carries.
The Titans led the entire way after scoring on the game’s opening possession. Quarterback Kerry Collins threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington two plays after throwing a 39-yard pass to Damian Williams on 4th-and-8 from the 42-yard line.
The Texans turned the ball over on their first possession after Foster was stuffed for a four-yard loss on 4th-and-1 from the 35.
On the next play, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt turned a near-interception into a 52-yard gain to the 2-yard line.
Cornerback Glover Quin was primed to pick off Collins’ pass before safety Troy Nolan tipped it and the ball bounced right to Britt.
Four plays later, Collins threw a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Gage on 4th-and-goal.
After a 23-yard punt by Matt Turk, the Titans only had to go 44 yards to make it 21-0 with an 11-yard run by Chris Johnson.
The Texans got on the scoreboard with a 37-yard field goal by Neil Rackers late in the second quarter.
The Titans answered with a 30-yard field goal from Rob Bironas on the last play of the first half.
On the first series of the third quarter, wide receiver Andre Johnson got the Texans within 24-10 with the 50th touchdown catch of his career on a 12-yard pass from Schaub.
The Titans went up 31-10 with a seven-yard touchdown run by Javon Ringer near the end of the third quarter.
With 6:28 left in the game, the Texans made it 31-17 after a four-yard touchdown pass from Schaub to Kevin Walter.