In what ended up as the most wild game of the early games in week six, the Texans used a Matt Schaub 3-yard QB run for a TD with three seconds left to win their first game of the season, stunning the Miami Dolphins 29-28 at Reliant Stadium. The Texans were down 28-23 with 1:45 to go when Ronnie Brown went six yards for the go-ahead score.
Schaub, who missed last week with a virus, took the team down the field, getting sacked right away, but ending the drive 4-for-10 for 81 yards to get in position for the game-winning run. The big play was Schaub going to Kevin Walter for 30 yards from the Fins 41 with :29 seconds left. Three plays later, Schaub went in for the game-winner.
Houston needed a win in the worst way, as they finally got their first win of the season against four losses. The Dolphins suffer the crushing defeat to fall to 2-3 on the season. The teams combined for 57 points and 855 yards, the Texans putting up 485 yards on a Dolphins team that held the Chargers in check last week in a 17-10 win.
Schaub was 22-for-42 for 379 yards with a TD and two picks. The outing overshadowed a good day for Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, who was 19-for-25 for 284 yards, two TD’s and a pick and a QB rating of 122.8. Steve Slaton led the Texans with 58 yards on 15 carries, and Andre Johnson had his best day of the season, with 10 grabs for 178 yards and a score.
Miami was in control, up 14-3 after Penning hooked up with Patrick Cobbs, who caught two scores, on an 80-yard TD at the 11:37 mark of the second quarter. Houston came back with a field goal and TD when Jacoby Jones took a punt 70 yards with 5:24 left in the second quarter to make it 14-13.
They took their first led when Schaub went to Johnson for a 12-yard score to make it 20-14 at the 10 minute mark of the third quarter. Miami got the lead back when Ricky Williams took it in from five yards out with 6:18 left in the quarter to make it 21-20. Kris Brown made it 23-21 with a 42-yard field goal with 6:04 to go before the two late scores by Brown and then Schaub.
The Texans D did a good job on Brown who had just 50 yards on 13 carries. Williams had 46 yards on 11 carries. It was the Miami defense that was the letdown in this one, as Houston was able to overcome the early deficit, and then put together the game-winning drive even with a first-down sack and Schaub missing on six of the 10 passes.
Next week the Texans are at home for the Detroit Lions at 4:05pm Eastern. Miami will take their show to Baltimore to play the Ravens at 1pm.