Just when it seemed that the Texans would once again fumble their way to a win in Buffalo, the team turned to a career backup for all the offense they would need for a huge win. Ryan Moats came in to save the day for the Texans, this after Steve Slaton fumbled again as part of a three-turnover first half. All Moats did was rush for 126 yards rushing and three scores as the Texans slammed Buffalo 31-10.
He was the first player in franchise player to score three TD’s in a game. “I wasn’t thinking about that,” Moats said, referring to setting personal and team records. “I was thinking about the time that I would get and try to do the best that I could.”
The game turned when Slaton was shown the bench, and the steady hands of Moats entered the game. Gary Kubiak didn’t say after the game if Slaton had lost his starting job or not. What he did talk about was the loss of star tight end Owen Daniels, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. “It doesn’t look good,” he said.
The Texans though did enough to get a big win to move to 5-3 on the season. They took advantage of a great day on defense where they held Buffalo to just 204 yards on offense, and three second half first downs. “It was easy,” LB DeMeco Ryans said. “They kind of had the same formations, they didn’t give us a lot of motions and things. So it was a simple offense to go against.”
It wasn’t that easy on the scoreboard for awhile, as Terrell Owens put the Bills up 7-0 on a WR reverse in the first quarter. While the Texans were able to move the ball, they had to settle for three Kris Brown field goals to cut the deficit to 7-6 in the second quarter, then after a Bills field goal it was 10-6 Buffalo at the half.
The Texans got another field goal from Brown in the third quarter to make it 10-9, then finally went nuts on offense in the fourth. It started with a Moats 11-yard run to make it 17-10 after a two-point conversion to Andre Johnson. Later on in the quarter Moats went in from a yard out to make it 24-10, then a final three-yard TD from Moats with 3:34 left put the finishing touches on the win at 31-10.
The offense piled up 439 yards and 24 first downs in the win. Matt Schaub went 25-for-34 for 268 yards with two picks. Johnson had 6 grabs for 63 yards. The Texans defense laid a beating on the Bills, wrapping it up with a big showing in the second half. “We were really focusing for four quarters,” Brian Cushing said. “We were in a dogfight that first half, but we played through adversity by being smart and disciplined.”