Houston's Schaub passes for 527 yards in OT win
By John Kryk, QMI Agency
|Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub signals his offensive line against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Indianapolis November 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Brent Smith)
Inexplicably, the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars led the 8-1 Houston Texans by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
That's when quarterback Matt Schaub and the Texans reminded the NFL that theirs isn't just a run-dominated offence, whose passing attack is dangerous only if the run game works.
Mainly from the shotgun, and in four- and five-receiver sets, Schaub torched the Jaguars defence the rest of the way, and Houston pulled out a 43-37 victory late in overtime Sunday.
"It just shows we can win in a lot of different ways," Schaub said.
He finished 43-of-55 for five touchdowns and 527 yards, tied (with Warren Moon) for the second-most passing yards in a game in NFL history.
After halftime, Schaub was 28-of-33 for 342 yards.
His longtime favourite receiver, Andre Johnson, caught 14 passes for 273 yards. Johnson scored the winner with 2:01 left in overtime, taking a short Schaub throw 48 yards to the end zone.
"That's the greatest day by a wide receiver I've ever been around," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said.
Quarterback Chad Henne was fantastic for the Jaguars, replacing an injured Blaine Gabbert early and throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception. Gabbert's days of starting in Jacksonville appear over.
Henne hit rookie Justin Blackmon on an 81-yard bomb to give the Jags a 34-20 lead with 12:33 remaining in regulation.
Schaub hit tight end Garrett Graham on a one-yard touchdown pass with 5:39 left to cap an 80-yard, 14-play drive. Then, starting with 3:52 left, he led the Texans on a 90-yard, eight-play drive to tie the game 34-34, on a five-yard pass to Graham.
"We went through some adversity today as a team, and it's all about how you respond to it," Johnson said. "You find a way to get the W."