Bironas’ Late Boot Seals Titans 20-17 Win Over Houston

The Tennessee Titans turned to Vince Young a few weeks ago to help save their season. Monday night in Houston they turned to their kicker to help them win their fourth straight game. Rob Bironas nailed a 53-yard field goal with under a minute left as Tennessee continued rolling with a 20-17 win over the Texans in Houston. It’s their fourth straight win after starting the season 0-6.

The Texans had their shot at the buzzer as well, but their usually reliable kicker, Kris Brown, pushed a 49-yard field goal wide left to preserve the Titans win. It was his second miss of the game and the second straight game he’s missed a chance to send the Texans to overtime.

Young was under center as the Titans started their game-winning drive at their own six-yard line. The Texans right away were called for a phantom horse collar penalty on Chris Johnson that gave the Titans 15 yards. Then two plays later Johnson went off for 22 yards to put the ball at the Titans 41 just before the two minute warning.

Young had a 12 yard run for a first down later in that drive but the Titans couldn’t keep it going and turned to Bironas for the field goal, his second field goal of at least 50 yards. Bironas had missed on a 49-yarder with about 10 minutes left, but was perfect on the game-winner.

Johnson finished with 151 yards rushing and Young had a touchdown pass in the first half. Bironas added a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter. Young finished the night going 12-for-22 for 116 yards with the one score. He also ran for 73 yards on the night, including some key runs on thrid downs that kept drives going.

Matt Schaub went over 300 yards passing for the Texans, going for 305 yards on 25-for-39 passing with two scores. Andre Johnson caught 4 passes for 78 yards and a score. The Texans are now 5-5 on the season.

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