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Titans capitalize on miscues to beat Texans

Oct 29, 2006 - 9:24 PM NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Tennessee Titans didn't run, didn't pass and didn't catch. It didn't matter.

The Titans got a touchdown each from their defense and special teams to defeat the turnover-prone Houston Texans, 28-22, and posted consecutive wins for the first time in three years.

Defensive tackle Tony Brown returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones brought back a punt 53 yards for a score in the fourth quarter as Tennessee (2-5) recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since 2003.

"The difference today was that we got production in all three phases: the score on special teams, the score on defense, turnovers on defense, pressure on the quarterback," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "It's certainly nice to get back-to-back wins now and, of course, our goal is to go out and get the next one."

It helped to have the Texans, who lost their 11th straight road game, on the opposing sideline. Last season, two of Tennessee's four wins came against Houston, contests in which quarterback David Carr was sacked 13 times.

Carr was sacked again on Sunday - by his own coach - and replaced in the second half by Sage Rosenfels, who threw three touchdown passes, including two in the final quarter to rookie tight end Owen Daniels, in a belated comeback attempt.

Rosenfels completed 18-of-25 passes for 186 yards and three TDs with one interception after entering the game with 9:51 left in the third quarter.

"It's extremely hard to do that to any football player in that situation," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of benching Carr. "I just felt like we were not protecting the ball, and I don't think it was all David's fault. We could have protected him better, but ultimately when you are the guy under the center, you have to protect the football.

"David is our quarterback. He will be right back next week, but he's going to protect the ball next week."

Tennessee had four sacks, including two by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. He forced a fumble on his second sack of Carr that set up Brown's touchdown return with eight seconds left in the half that built the lead to 14-3.

"We were coming all day, the defensive line," Vanden Bosch said. "We were back there in the backfield all day today. Really, since I've been here, that probably was the best pass-rush game we've had as a front four. We felt like we had (Carr) rattled and they couldn't get any momentum going."

Houston (2-5) had a 26-10 advantage in first downs and outgained Tennessee in total yards, 427-197, but turned the ball over five times. Three of the giveaways were by Carr, who was relieved to keep his starting job.

"Obviously, I'm not dead in the casket," Carr said. "It is going to make me stronger as a person. I just want to apologize to my teammates, the guys who came down here and (owner Bob) McNair and the coaching staff. It just wasn't my best effort."

Rosenfels' second TD pass to Daniels cut the deficit to 28-22 with 1:54 left, but the Titans recovered the onside kick and the Texans didn't get the ball back until there were just four seconds to go.

"We had a big deficit, and we had to go two minutes," Rosenfels said. "I've operated two minutes a ton in my career in preseason games and stuff being a second- and third-string quarterback in Miami all those years."

Titans quarterback Vince Young, the third pick in April's draft, completed just 7-of-15 passes for 87 yards, but he threw a 20-yard TD pass to Bobby Wade and scrambled 20 yards for a score in the first quarter. Young led the Titans with 44 rushing yards.

"To us, it feels like everything was clicking from offense to defense to special teams," Young said. "(Offensive coordinator) Norm Chow said, 'Hey, we're going to have to use your legs a little bit more,' and my mind, my approach to the game. If it wasn't there I wasn't going to try to force anything and throw interceptions and things like that. I was going to try to make something happen with my legs."

Daniels had nine catches for 99 yards and Andre Johnson added nine receptions for 78 yards and a TD for Houston. Rookie Wali Lundy rushed for 116 yards on 18 carries.

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