HOUSTON (AP) — Earlier this season, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t sure if Andre’ Davis could be a kick returner in the NFL.
Davis made a believer out of everyone Sunday.
Davis returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 42-28 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5), who rested many starters with their playoff spot secure.
Jacksonville will play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
“I had a conversation about him, and the conversation was, ‘Do we think he’s a kick returner?’” Kubiak said. “I can’t remember how our conversation ended, but there’s no doubt that he’s a kick returner.”
The victory gave the Texans (8-8) a .500 finish for the first time in their six-year history, and their 42 points were a team record.
“It’s kind of bad that it feels this good, but I’ll take it,” said offensive lineman Chester Pitts, who has started every game in team history. “It’s been a long road. I’ve been through a lot with this team and … I appreciate every part of it.”
Ron Dayne added two touchdowns and 88 yards rushing for Houston in his return after missing two starts with a sore ankle. He set a career-high with 773 yards this season.
“It just felt good to be able to get the win and not be losers anymore,” Dayne said.
Davis’ two returns came on consecutive kickoffs. He became the first player in the NFL this season to return two for scores in a game and the seventh player in league history to achieve the feat.
He also had a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown.
Davis is an unrestricted free agent.
“I was a little bit worried about where I stood on the team,” he said. “I realized that this game is about getting opportunities and making the most of them.”
His first return, a 97-yarder, came 15 seconds before halftime and put Houston ahead 21-14. He turned in the longest play in Texans history on the second one. He dashed 104 yards on second half kickoff.