NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vince Young got the best of Reggie Bush again, and the NFL’s feel-good team from last season is off to a dismal start.
Young threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Tennessee Titans kept New Orleans winless on the year, beating the Saints, 31-14, Monday night before a Superdome crowd that showered boos on the same players who provided such a pick-me-up to the devastated city a year ago.
The Saints (0-3) rallied from an early 10-0 deficit, going ahead 14-10 midway through the third quarter on Bush’s second touchdown run.
But Young, just as he did when leading Texas to an epic win and BCS National Championship over Bush and Southern Cal at the 2006 Rose Bowl, brought his team back.
While running backs LenDale White and Chris Brown handled the bulk of the workload on the go-ahead drive, it was Young who threaded a key 10-yard pass to Eric Moulds, who was shoved out of bounds at the Saints 1. White, a teammate of Bush’s at USC, powered over on the next play to put the Titans (2-1) ahead to stay.
Drew Brees, who had another miserable game, got the ball knocked away on the first play of the fourth quarter — the second of his four turnovers. Brees threw four interceptions and now has seven against one touchdown pass.
Young seized on the Brees fumble to drive Tennessee to the decisive score.
The second-year quarterback completed an 18-yard pass to Roydell Williams, ran for 11 yards and capped the drive with a 3-yard pass to Bo Scaife that put the Titans up 24-14.
Young also hooked up with Brandon Jones on a 35-yard TD and finished 14-of-22 for 164 yards. He also ran three times for 23 yards.