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Brown kicks Texans past Raiders

Dec 4, 2006 - 12:48 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Houston Texans looked right at home in the "Black Hole."

Despite a passing game that produced negative yardage, Kris Brown kicked three fourth-quarter field goals to push the Texans to a 23-14 victory over the hapless Oakland Raiders.

Houston (4-8) extended Oakland's losing streak to five games even though it managed just 10 first downs and quarterback David Carr finished with minus-five yards passing.

"You come out of a game some time and you feel like you were productive and you did some things, whether you win or lose," Carr said. "I wasn't productive at all, I didn't do anything. I mean, it's like, we could have put you out there and you could have handed the ball off in that second half."

Asked if he was aware of the minus passing total, Carr said, "Oh, I didn't even think I got there."

Carr was 7-for-14 for 32 yards and was sacked five times for 37 yards.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak put quite a different spin on the contest.

"They are never ugly when you win," Kubiak said. "That was one of the greatest defensive and special teams efforts I've ever been a part of in football. You know you've got to do what you've got to do to win. This football team wasn't gonna be beat tonight, it was gonna find a way to win even though we weren't moving the ball a lick.

"We weren't able to throw it at all, and just a tremendous character check in that locker room for them guys to find a way to win that game."

The one bright offensive spot was Texans running back Ron Dayne, who rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries.

The Raiders (2-10), though, continued their second-half follies. Leading, 14-7, at halftime, they went scoreless in the final 30 minutes and have been outscored, 127-35, after intermission this season.

Most of the scoring revolved around defensive plays or special teams.

Cornerback Demarcus Faggins scored on a 58-yard fumble return for Houston and Jerome Mathis had an 87-yard kick return to open the second half, setting up a three-yard touchdown run by rookie Wali Lundy that tied it at 14-14.

After missing a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Brown converted his next three attempts of 42, 47 and 39 yards to provide the difference.

They came after Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski missed field goals on back-to-back possessions in the second half. He missed all three attempts on the day.

The Raiders' six second-half possessions resulted in the two botched field goals, a punt, back-to-back lost fumbles by tight end Randal Williams and an appropriate capper when Aaron Brooks threw an interception in the end zone with four seconds to play.

Both the Raiders' touchdowns came in the second quarter. Justin Fargas scored from three yards out and linebacker Kirk Morrison returned a fumble by Carr 35 yards for a score for a 14-7 lead.

"This is one of the few games that was on us," Raiders defensive back Chris Carr said. "It would look like we were just starting to get something going and then we would do something horrible. We beat ourselves this game. This is the first time I felt embarrassed out there."

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