Jets 19

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Texans 14

(2-4, 1-2 home)

4:05 PM ET, October 19, 2003


1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 7 3 919
HOU 7 7 0 014

Jordan's TD run rallies Jets

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Texans found a running game. Now they're looking for a killer instinct.

Houston, led by rookie Dominack Davis' team record 129 rushing yards, ran for a 169 yards and Stacey Mack ran for a pair of touchdowns but the defense wilted and the offense sputtered in the second half as the Texans fell 19-14 Sunday to the New York Jets.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Jets: Any chance this team can make another miracle playoff run?
Right now, I wouldn't bet against them. This season is very similar to last year's, when they battled through various injuries to make a playoff run. Coach Herm Edwards has this team playing very well and when Pennington returns, they may be able to take it to the next level.

Question on the Texans: What happened to their offense in the last three quarters?
The Texans did a poor job of exploiting the Jets' weak linebacking corps after the first quarter. They seemed to lose focus, which is endemic to a young team, and it cost them a win they should have had.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

The Texans had a 14-0 lead after Mack's touchdowns -- a 10-yard run with 8:53 to go in the first quarter and a 1-yard vault into the end zone on fourth down to open the second quarter. But the Jets (2-4) then scored 19 unanswered points, capped by LaMont Jordan's 8-yard touchdown run with 1:21 left in the game.

The Texans (2-4) had a chance thanks to J.J. Moses' 63-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, then driving to the New York 9 in the final seconds. But David Carr threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-4 and the Jets ran out the last 21 seconds.

"It came down to two-minute situations," Texans coach Dom Capers said. "They made their plays... We had our opportunities. We didn't make the play.

"The challenge for our team is now to be determined to take a look at this and when we get a team down to put them away. We were not able to do that. I think it's part of realizing you have to have that killer instinct."

The Jets won their second straight after an 0-4 start and spoiled a spectacular game by Davis, who started in place of Mack and became the first Texan to top 100 yards rushing in a game. He also caught nine passes for 70 more yards.

"It feels good knowing I was the first one to do it but it would feel a lot better if we would have been able to win," Davis said. "We could have beat them but we just have to know how to put them away.

"The first half we came up solid. The second half they just had a little more energy than we did. It's something we really need to work on, just putting teams away. The second half we started getting a few penalties. It costs when things like that happen."

Davis, who never could establish himself as the featured back in four years at Louisiana State, set the tempo early. He accounted for 44 yards rushing and receiving on Houston's opening drive but was getting a breather when Mack romped through the Jets secondary for his 10-yard TD run.

"I think we'll see him get nothing but better," Capers said of Davis. "Today was a good start for him."

"He was always there when I needed him," said Carr, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 170 yards. "He made some great cuts, some great plays. When you have a back like that, you have to take advantage of it."

For New York, Vinny Testaverde was 15-of-29 for 182 yards, while Santana Moss had six receptions for 111 yards.

In the final drive, starting at his own 14-yard line with 2:48 remaining, Testaverde hit Moss for a 25-yard gain, then scrambled for 13 yards to near midfield before New York turned to their tailback tandem of Jordan and veteran Curtis Martin, who had a 20-yard run. Jordan finished the drive with runs of 6 and 8 yards.

"In this league, the ball can go down the field quick in two-minute situations," Capers said. "It was just one of those kind of games you see in the NFL. Whoever makes the play in the last two minutes is going to win the game."

Carr said the outcome was frustrating, as was the inability to put up more points after the quick start.

"You go out as an offense and feel pretty good in the first half," he said. "We moved the ball. We have our first 100-yard running back. It was a good feeling.

"I've only been playing for a year and a couple games. You can't let anyone hang around. They beat you. They beat us... When you're behind and you've got to score, it's a little different when you're protecting a lead. Maybe that was our mistake, our mindset."

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Scoring Summary

houTD9:45Stacey Mack, 10 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:20
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:20
Drive info: 7 plays, 91 yds, 0:41
nyjFG1:41Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 3:48
Drive info: 7 plays, 91 yds, 0:41
nyjFG9:08Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 26 yds, 3:57
houTD15:00Stacey Mack, 1 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 14:05
nyjTD1:26LaMont Jordan, 8 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 87 yds, 0:42
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 14:05