Texans 13, Jaguars 10
Sunday, November 12th 2006, 3:39 pm
By: News On 6
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Houston Texans might struggle against the rest of the league, but they sure match up well against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
David Carr threw for 167 yards and ran for 48 more before leaving the game with a shoulder injury, and the Texans defeated the Jaguars 13-10 on Sunday and snapped a 12 game road losing streak.
The Texans (3-6) upset their AFC South rivals for the second time in four weeks and won on the road for the first time since December 2004. Houston's last road victory also came at Jacksonville, a 21-0 shocker that essentially knocked the Jaguars out of playoff contention.
This one was considerably closer, but still somewhat surprising.
David Garrard, starting his third consecutive game in place of Byron Leftwich, threw 4 interceptions. Two of them came after Matt Jones bobbled perfect passes.
Still, the Jaguars had a chance at the end. Garrard completed a 38 yard pass to Cortez Hankton with about 2:00 remaining, but the play was nullified by Reggie Williams' offensive pass interference penalty.
Jacksonville was forced to punt, and the Texans ran out the clock after Samkon Gado converted a 4th & 1 play in Houston territory with 1:40 to play.
The Texans improved to 6-4 overall against the Jaguars (5-4). They have 15 wins against the rest of the league.
Sage Rosenfels played most of the 4th quarter after Carr bruised his left shoulder on the second play of the period. Carr injured his shoulder after a 14 yard completion to Owen Daniel. He was knocked to the ground by Clint Ingram after he released the ball.
Carr did enough early to put the Texans ahead.
He directed a 70 yard drive to start the game and had 2 key runs. Wali Lundy scored from 1 yard, then Houston took advantage of Garrard's first turnover to make it 10-0. DeMeco Ryans pressured Garrard and forced a floater over the middle. Morlon Greenwood picked it off, setting up Kris Brown's 25 yard field goal.
Brown could have given Houston a little more cushion, but hooked a 30 yarder in the 2nd quarter and hit the right upright from 52 yards in the 3rd.
The Jaguars couldn't make the misses hurt.
Jones let 2 passes slip through his hands and both ended up as interceptions. And Garrard threw his 4th pick after moving the Jags to the 23 yard line. His pass across the middle was intended for Ernest Wilford, but was thrown behind him and into the hands of Dunta Robinson.
Wilford dropped 2 other balls, 1 for a 1st down and 1 deep down the middle that could have been a touchdown.
Making matters worse for the Jaguars, left tackle Khalif Barnes was benched following his arrest on drunk driving charges. Barnes was driving faster than 100 mph and failed two breathalyzer tests early Saturday, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report. He spent several hours in the Duval County jail before being released on $500 bond.
The Jaguars confirmed the arrest and said coach Jack Del Rio would address it after the game. Barnes was inactive and replaced in the starting lineup by Dennis Norman, who has never played an NFL game at tackle.