Final

Rams 38

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Texans 13

(2-4, 1-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 13, 2013

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 7 10 21 038
HOU 0 6 0 713

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 186 YDS

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 20 CAR, 141 YDS

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 7 REC, 88 YDS

Sam Bradford lifts Rams, helps hand Texans fourth straight loss

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The St. Louis Rams had a simple chant in the locker room after Sunday's 38-13 rout of the Houston Texans.

"2-and-0, 2-and-0," coach Jeff Fisher said his team repeated.

Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams and the Rams stunned the mistake-prone Texans with a 38-13 win on Sunday to win their second straight after dropping their previous three games.

"I think everyone totally bought in," Bradford said of the turnaround. "I think if you look at the way we've played the past two weeks; it's been a completely different mindset, a completely different attitude."

The Rams (3-3) were up 24-6 early in the third quarter before rookie Daren Bates returned Keshawn Martin's fumble on a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Rookie first-round pick Alec Ogletree pushed the lead to 38-6 when he took an interception by T.J. Yates back 98 yards for a touchdown. Yates was in after Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub sustained an apparent right ankle injury.

Coach Gary Kubiak didn't have many details on Schaub's injury after the game, saying only: "Matt's got a little bit of everything on that one leg."

Schaub didn't have a turnover after throwing six interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns in the past three games.

But several other Texans had key gaffes as preseason Super Bowl hopeful Houston (2-4) lost its fourth straight game.

"For the past few weeks the finger has been pointed in one direction a lot," Kubiak said. "But we sprung leaks all over the place today."

The Texans had 95 yards of penalties, lost two fumbles and Yates threw two interceptions. Schaub had 186 yards passing and Yates finished with 98 yards passing.

"We played our absolute worst football the last two weeks and we've got to change it," Houston safety Ed Reed said.

Bradford was 12 of 16 for 117 yards. Rookie Zac Stacy had 18 carries for 79 yards in his second straight start.

"To come out here and play a pretty much complete game was fun," St. Louis defensive end Chris Long said. "Offense and defense were in complete sync."

Brian Quick's 4-yard touchdown reception extended the Rams' lead to 24-6 early in the third quarter.

Rodney McLeod forced the fumble by Martin on the ensuing kickoff and Bates, an undrafted free agent, scooped it up and returned it 11 yards, diving into the end zone for the score.

Schaub was injured on Houston's next drive when he was sacked by Long. Some fans cheered while he was down after the injury, angering Houston's players.

"For them to cheer about something like that, it just shows they have no class," Andre Johnson said.

He was replaced by Yates. Schaub had thrown an interception that was returned for a touchdown in four straight games entering Sunday.

Yates made it five in a row for Houston when his first drive ended with the interception return by Ogletree, who high-stepped his way into the end zone as the home fans serenaded the Texans with boos.

The Rams took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Cory Harkey grabbed a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bradford. Kareem Jackson received a 40-yard penalty for pass interference early in that drive.

The Texans were driving later in the first when Ogletree forced a fumble by rookie DeAndre Hopkins which James Laurinaitis recovered and returned 43 yards.

The Rams capitalized on the fumble with a 42-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to push the lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter.

Houston cut the lead to 10-3 with a 20-yard field goal by Randy Bullock.

Another 2-yard pass by Bradford -- this one to Lance Kendricks -- extended the lead to 17-3. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Brian Cushing for a late hit on Bradford helped that drive.

Houston settled for another field goal just before halftime when Schaub's pass on third down fell incomplete to make it 17-6 at halftime.

About the only highlight for Houston on Sunday was the play of Arian Foster, who finished with 20 carries for 141 yards. He added four catches for 57 yards.

Ben Tate scored Houston's only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Game notes


Martin has an injured shoulder. ... Houston S Danieal Manning has a right knee injury, but Kubiak didn't know how severe it was after the game. ... Janoris Jenkins had an interception for the Rams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STL
HOU
1st Downs1527
Passing 1st downs
913
Rushing 1st downs
49
1st downs from penalties
25
3rd down efficiency
3-76-14
4th down efficiency
0-02-3
Total Plays4173
Total Yards216420
Yards per play5.35.8
Total Drives810
Passing117267
Comp-Att
12-1627-38
Yards per pass
7.36.2
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-05-17
Rushing99153
Rushing Attempts
2530
Yards per rush
4.05.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-31-6
Penalties9-747-95
Turnovers04
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession24:5035:10

Passing Leaders

STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bradford12/161177.3300-0
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub15/211868.9003-10
Yates12/17985.8022-7

Rushing Leaders

STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy18794.4018
Cunningham3113.707
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster201417.1023
Tate10121.214

Receiving Leaders

STLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cook24522.5034
Givens22010.0013
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson78812.6019
Foster45714.3041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTLHOU
stlTD6:05Cory Harkey 2 Yard Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yds, 2:48
70
SECOND QUARTERSTLHOU
stlFG13:26Greg Zuerlein 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yds, 3:22
100
houFG8:24Randy Bullock 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 5:01
103
stlTD2:48Lance Kendricks 2 Yard Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:38
173
houFG0:53Randy Bullock 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 1:54
176
THIRD QUARTERSTLHOU
stlTD7:46Brian Quick 4 Yard Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:20
246
stlTD7:42Daren Bates 11 Yard Fumble Return (Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:20
316
stlTD0:50Alec Ogletree 98 Yard Interception Return (Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 63 yds, 7:00
386
FOURTH QUARTERSTLHOU
houTD3:25Ben Tate 1 Yard Run (Randy Bullock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 47 yds, 6:02
3813

Research Notes

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has disappeared in recent games. He has not disrupted a single dropback in the last two games and has just 5.5 disrupted dropbacks (sack, pass defended, batted ball or interception) all season. Last season, Watt had 17.5 disrupted dropbacks in the Texans' first six games.
Alec Ogletree's 98 Yard Interception Return for TD is the longest by a Rams player since Johnnie Johnson had a 99-yard one in 1980 vs the Packers
FROM ELIAS: The Rams scored 2 touchdowns in a span of 6 seconds in the 3rd quarter today. They're the 1st team to score 2 touchdowns in a span of 6 seconds since the Panthers did so in 5 seconds in 2009 at Cardinals.
Sam Bradford is the first NFC West QB with 3 Pass TD in consecutive games since Kurt Warner had 4 straight for the Cardinals in 2007.

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