Both teams now have a 2-2 record. Carr and his dad, Rodger, made a bet that both would not cut their hair until the Houston Texans won consecutive games. The Texans, who beat Kansas City last week, have now won back-to-back games for the first time since entering the league in 2002. The Raiders, meanwhile, have lost 11 straight road games.
The game was tied at 17-all at halftime but Houston, which hosts Minnesota next week, scored 17 unanswered points in the second half.
Houston assumed a 20-17 lead at the 3:03 mark of the third quarter on Brown’s 22-yard field. That score was set up by a Dunta Robinson interception which he returned to the Oakland 19. The Texans had a first-and-goal at the Raider 7 but they curiously called three straight running plays.
The Oakland Raiders, however, were not so fortunate to escape a turnover with a field goal next time. Houston linebacker Jay Foreman recovered a Collins fumbled snap at the Oakland 30. Carr then connected with wide receiver Andre Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown pass at the 14:48 mark of the fourth quarter.
Houston struck first when Kris Brown booted a 46-yard field goal to put the Texans in front 3-0 with 3:09 left in the first quarter. On the previous possession, Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski missed from 35-yards out. That marked Janikowski’s first miss less than 45 yards in attempts.
Janikowski, however, rebounded on the ensuing possession to nail a 50-yard field goal, evening the score at 3-3 with 47 seconds left in the first period, with room to spare.
The Texans used their defense to take a 10-3 lead at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter. Linebacker Jamie Sharper stripped Kerry Collins of the ball, scooped it up and ran 16-yards untouched in the end zone. Collins made his first start in place of the injured Rich Gannon and threw three interceptions.
The Raiders, who visit Indianapolis next week, then evened the score at 10-apiece when Amos Zereoue started running up the middle then bounced to the left and back to the middle for a 55yard touchdown. Zereoue used a Jerry Porter downfield block on the way to the end zone. That play was set up when Travian Smith and Tyler Brayton stuffed Jonanthan Wells on fourth-down-and-one.
It did not take the Texans long to take a 17-10 lead. Wells capped a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge up the middle with 3:25 left in the first half.
Oakland tied the game at 17-all with 47 seconds left in the first half when Zereoue ran behind fullback Zack Crockett, center Adam Treu and guards Ron Stone and Frank Middleton for a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Texans widened their lead to 30-17 on Brown’s 44-yard field goal. The drive was set up by a Demarcus Faggins interception at the 1-yard line. Most importantly, the Texans kept the ball for 15 plays and milked about six minutes off the clock.
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