Foster keeps Houston on road to perfection
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:00 pm
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Thanks to Arian Foster, the Houston Texans are still undefeated — but they very nearly let this one slip away.
Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans are 5-0 for the first time after defeating the New York Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory Monday night.
With a chance to lead the Jets on a winning drive, Mark Sanchez was intercepted by Kareem Jackson on a pass that tipped off the hands of Jeff Cumberland with 1:51 remaining.
“You got to give yourself a chance to win and we did that tonight,” Sanchez said.
The Texans (5-0) joined the Atlanta Falcons as the NFL’s only teams without a loss.
“Arian stepped up and played huge,” quarterback Matt Schaub said. “We’re very excited to be 5-0 and get a win on the road.”
The Jets (2-3) were heavy underdogs after coming off a 34-0 loss to San Francisco last week, but made a game of it. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow got the crowd fired up at times throughout the game, including running for a first down on a fake punt, but had little impact otherwise.
Houston overcame a 100-yard kickoff return by Joe McKnight that cut the Jets’ deficit to 20-14.
Schaub was 14 of 28 for 209 yards and a touchdown to Owen Daniels, winning his ninth straight game — the longest active streak in the NFL — dating to last season.
Daniels finished with four catches for 79 yards for the Texans.
“It’s definitely our best start,” Daniels said, “and a big part of that is it doesn’t matter on this team about stats or individually what is going on.”
The enthusiasm was tempered, though, by a left knee injury to star linebacker Brian Cushing that coach Gary Kubiak said he was “very concerned” about.
Published in The Messenger 10.9.12