NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —OK, maybe the Houston Texans should’ve drafted Vince Young. They sure hated seeing him on the opposing side on Sunday.
The former Texas star threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns to rally Tennessee to a 28-20 win over the Texans.
“I think he played a fine game,” said Houston coach Gary Kubiak. “The kid played well and he is always going to play well. He is a fine player.”
While the Titans’ quarterback was having one of his best games as a pro, Houston may have lost its starting quarterback to an injury once again.
Matt Schaub dislocated his left shoulder after he was hit by Titans end Antwan Odom in the first quarter. He didn’t return and Kubiak said he’ll be evaluated on Monday.
Schaub also left Houston’s first game against Tennessee on Oct. 21 with a knee injury, and Sage Rosenfels rallied the Texans from a 32-7 deficit to take the lead. The Titans eventually won 38-36.
Rosenfels came in again this time, but he couldn’t pull off a second comeback. He went 17-for-30 for 185 yards with an interception.
“I think he always plays like a trooper,” Kubiak said. “He’s always ready to play. He always finds a way to get some things done. But I think there are a few plays out there that he will be the first one to tell you that he still could have made.”
The Texans (5-7) led 10-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Young led the Titans 63 yards and hit an open Roydell Williams on a 43-yard TD pass, putting the Titans up 14-10. It was the Titans first lead since beating Carolina 20-7 on Nov. 4.
Then Young completed all six passes for 40 yards and ran twice for 16 more in an 87-yard drive he finished with an 11-yard toss to Justin Gage in the right corner. Young had a 147.2 passer rating in the third quarter, helping the Titans hold onto the ball for 10 minutes.
Rosenfels answered early in the fourth quarter with a 28-yard TD toss to Andre Johnson. Leading 21-17, the Titans were forced into a three-and-out and punted.
But rookie Jacoby Jones fumbled the punt, and the Titans recovered at the Houston 29. Chris Brown ran twice, the second a 7-yard TD for a 28-17 lead.
“I was trying make a play and I made a mistake,” Jones said. “I should have made a fair catch, but I tried to make a move and took my eye off the ball. We took a loss and the burden is on my shoulders.”
Down 28-20, Rosenfels had one last chance for a rally but was picked off by Titans rookie Michael Griffin, a former Longhorn like Young.
The Titans punted it back, but Rosenfels had no timeouts and could only scramble for a first down with 17 seconds left before time expired.
“When you get beat, there is probably a reason why you get beat,” Kubiak said. “You start to line those things up. Our football team played hard. Our guys battled like a champ. There’s no problem with effort. We’re right there in a great football game on the road and right there in the third quarter.
“We said, ‘Let’s go make a play to win and we made a mistake and they made us pay for it. Good teams make you pay for mistakes.”