November 24, 2009 by USA Post
HOUSTON — Matt Schaub threw touchdown passes to Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans were tied 14-14 with Tennessee at halftime Monday night.
Vince Young threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Britt and LenDale White had a TD run in the second quarter for the Titans (3-6), who’ve won three in a row. Chris Johnson had 13 carries for 86 yards in the first half.
Schaub was 15 for 20 for 140 yards in the first half.
The Texans (5-4) started their second series of the game at the Tennessee 36 after a short punt by Brett Kern. On first down, Schaub found Andre Johnson across the middle for a 15-yard gain.
Houston drove to the Titans’ 3 and on third down, Schaub underhanded a pass to Slaton, who bulled into the end zone with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Slaton was back in the starting lineup after being replaced by Ryan Moats in Houston’s last game because of fumbling issues.
The Titans (3-6) gained only 19 yards on their first two drives. They pinned the Texans deep in their own territory with a punt late in the quarter, but Schaub completed a 27-yard pass to Kevin Walter to give Houston room to maneuver.
Texans starting fullback Vonta Leach left with a bruised left knee with 3:37 left in the quarter. He returned in the second quarter.
Young guided the Titans on an 80-yard touchdown drive bridging the first and second quarters. He rolled right and found Britt in the end zone with 12:50 left in the first half.
Later in the second quarter, Schaub evaded the Titans’ rush and completed a 32-yard pass to James Casey. The rookie from nearby Rice was back in the lineup after sitting out one game due to minor knee surgery.
Schaub found Andre Johnson with a 12-yard pass to the corner of the end zone with 4:01 left in the first half. It was Johnson’s 38th career touchdown reception and his fifth this season. Schaub threw his 19th TD pass, extending his own single-season franchise record.
Chris Johnson broke a 36-yard run for Tennessee right after the two-minute warning. Young scrambled to the Texans’ 1 later in the drive, and White scored the tying touchdown with 50 seconds left.
The Texans needed a win to keep pace in the crowded field of contenders for the AFC wild-card berths. The game also marked the return of Young, a Houston native. The Texas star led the Titans to an overtime victory at Reliant Stadium in 2006, his rookie season.
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