David Carr spent most of the second half grabbing the neck of
his jersey, angry at being benched for committing too many
At least Young left some people in Houston happy: Young finally
admitted he was glad to beat his hometown team after he ran for a
touchdown and threw for another, and the Tennessee Titans won
consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2003
season by beating the Texans 28-22 Sunday.
"It means something to me, my family and all the fans back home
in Houston, but at the same time, it meant the most here," Young
said with a smile. "The Tennessee Titans wanted to get another
victory coming off the bye."
The Titans had gone 39 games before putting together consecutive
"It is certainly nice to get back-to-back wins now," Titans
coach Jeff Fisher said. "Of course, our goal now is to go out and
get the next one."
The Texans (2-5) lost their 11th straight road game, wasting
backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels' three TD passes in the final 17
minutes. His last pulled them within 28-22 with 1:54 left, and the
Texans tried an onside kick.
But Bobby Wade jumped up and grabbed the ball, allowing the
Titans (2-5) to run out the clock.
That left Houston coach Gary Kubiak unhappy and Carr apologizing
for his performance.
"I preached to this football team the step we have to take as a
football team, we have to be able to go on the road, protect the
football and play solid football ... We had too many bad things
happen to us on the road," Kubiak said.
Kubiak said Carr will start again next week at the New York
"I'm going to demand whoever plays that position protect the
ball. That's what I told David," Kubiak said.
The Texans passed up Young, the hometown favorite, because they
had Carr and used the top pick in the draft on defensive end Mario
Williams. Carr had justified the choice so far, completing an
NFL-high 70.3 percent of his passes.
But the Titans harassed Carr into his worst performance this
season, sacking him four times and forcing him into three of
Houston's five turnovers. Kubiak pulled Carr midway through the
third quarter and replaced him with Rosenfels.
"It wasn't my best effort," said Carr, who called his benching
the hardest thing he's had to deal with.
Houston came in having won two of its last three. The Texans
outgained Tennessee 427-197 on offense and held the ball for more
than 36 minutes. It wasn't enough to overcome the mistakes.
On Rosenfels' second play, his pass to league-leading receiver
Andre Johnson's hands to Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones
for his first career interception, which he returned to the Houston
Young found Wade three plays later for a 20-yard TD pass and a
21-3 lead. The No. 3 pick overall in the draft ran for 44 yards and
was 7-for-15 for 87 yards passing.
Jones, cited Saturday for misdemeanor assault for allegedly
spitting on a woman in a nightclub, also returned a punt 53 yards
for a TD in the fourth quarter against a unit that had been the
NFL's stingiest on punt coverage.
Fisher said Jones still faces team punishment and may miss a
game once the coach investigates further.
Tennessee defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch, who sacked and
stripped Carr of the ball just before halftime, said the Titans
felt they had Carr rattled after Tony Brown picked up the ball and
returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
"We were back there in the backfield all day today," Vanden
Titans defensive tackle Robaire Smith, released by Houston
before the season, blocked an extra point and had a sack. ...
Titans safety Chris Hope intercepted a pass for the third time in
four games. ... The Titans now are 7-2 against the team that
replaced the ex-Oilers in Houston. ... The Texans have not won on
the road since Dec. 26, 2004, when they won at Jacksonville. ...
Walli Lundy had 18 carries for a career-high 118 yards.