After a quick start with two early touchdowns to put the Houston Texans in a 14-0 hole, the Jaguars managed to hold off a late rally led by Matt Schaub to earn a third consecutive victory and a fourth in their last five games with a 27-20 win.
While Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne tossed early touchdowns to Marcedes Lewis and Cecil Shorts III, he struggled in the second half and finished just 12-of-27 passing for 117 yards. Instead, the offense was led by a strong running game, as Maurice Jones-Drew eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time since Week 3 of the 2012 season.
For the Texans, a decision to sit second-year quarterback Case Keenum proved to be a good one, as Schaub led the team on a rally with 17-of-28 passing for 198 yards and a touchdown pass to Garrett Graham. However, a late red zone drive that could have given the Texans the lead ended with a turnover on downs and a subsequent drive was ended with an interception by Geno Hayes.
Really, the Jaguars owe the Texans for the victory, as the visiting team racked up 177 yards of penalties and afforded the Jacksonville offense several opportunities.
Concerning for the Jaguars were fourth quarter injuries to both Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman. A hamstring injury ended Jones-Drew's day and Todman went down shortly thereafter, leaving the Jaguars with only Denard Robinson at running back, although Todman returned in the final minutes.
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