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17 - 38 Final
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Parker, Roethlisberger lead Steelers in rout of Texans

Sep 7, 2008 - 10:14 PM By Brad Everett PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- It didn't take long for Willie Parker to surpass his touchdown total from last season. Try just over a half.

Parker paced an explosive offensive attack by recording the first three-touchdown effort of his career, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a dominating 38-17 opening-week victory against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Parker, who scored just twice in 15 games despite rushing for 1,316 yards last season, was impressive from the get--go against the Texans, finishing with 138 yards on 25 carries and scoring on runs of 7, 13 and 4 yards.

"I definitely felt good," said Parker, playing his first regular-season game since breaking his right leg against St. Louis last December. "I'm trying to do that a lot more than I did last year. That's part of being a goal-line back, finishing off the drive."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger provided proof he's no slouch in that department either, completing 13-of-14 passes for 137 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses to Hines Ward in just three quarters.

"We managed the game well," Roethlisberger said. "Having not watched it on film and seeing all the little things yet, I think that we really didn't stop ourselves."

While Roethlisberger and Co. ignited the offensive fireworks, Pittsburgh's defense may have been just as good. The unit harassed Texans quarterback Matt Schaub throughout, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times.

Particularly impressive was the play of linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Harrison recorded three of those sacks and a team-high eight tackles while Woodley - the Steelers' second-round draft pick last year - had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery.

"Those guys created a little bit of havoc coming off the edge," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "That is why we are so optimistic about what we are capable of doing, because of those guys."

Schaub completed 25-of-33 passes for just 202 yards for the Texans (0-1), who gained just 234 yards overall and were out-rushed, 183-75.

"We got manhandled," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "They got after us pretty good. I don't have any excuses for you. The first place I look at it, I go look at myself and where I had the football team going into the game. Obviously it wasn't anywhere close to good enough."

The pressuring defense spurred the Steelers (1-0) to their first score, setting the tone for what transpired thereafter.

The Texans had taken the opening drive into Steelers territory, but Schaub's quarterback sneak on a 4th-and-1 from the Pittsburgh 48 fell short. The Steelers wasted little time in making the Texans pay, marching 52 yards in eight plays on a drive capped by Parker's 7-yard scamper.

Parker's second touchdown of the day coupled with Roethlisberger's 13-yard TD pass to Ward came less than two minutes apart in the second quarter, giving the Steelers a commanding 21-0 advantage.

Parker scored for the third time with 9:15 left in the third quarter. The 10-play, 71-yard drive consisted of nine running plays.

"We really like sticking it in there and scoring," Parker said.

Roethlisberger hit Ward again for a 16-yard scoring hookup a little over seven minutes later to put the Steelers ahead, 35-3.

One of the few bright spots for the Texans was the play of defensive end Mario Williams, who busted through the Steelers' offensive line on several occasions en route to a pair of sacks.

The first of those forced Roethlisberger's fumble which linebacker Demeco Ryans returned 41 yards to the Steelers 24, setting up Kris Brown's 34-yard field goal with 4:29 left in the third quarter to put the Texans on the board.

Despite his strong play, Williams said he was extremely disappointed with how he and his defensive teammates played overall.

"We missed a lot of tackles, and we have to figure out why," said Williams, who finished with 14 sacks last season. "We had the whole preseason to go out there and hit guys. They did everything we knew they were going to do, but we missed way too many tackles."

Schaub found Kevin Walter on a 13-yard scoring strike and scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter to provide the Texans with their lone touchdowns.

"I am extremely disappointed in myself and my team's performance because we were ready for this game," Schaub said. "We are capable of a whole lot more and we just didn't execute to the best of our ability.

"Over the next 24 hours, we have to take a hard look at ourselves and us as a team and figure it out tomorrow and come back this week and be ready to go."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 0 3 0 14 17
    PITTSBURGH 7 14 14 3 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PIT - TD, WILLIE PARKER 7 YD RUN (JEFF REED
    KICK), 9:16. Drive: 8 plays, 52
    yards in 4:48. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 17-yard run on
    3rd-and-4 to to Houston 29;
    Roethlisberger 9-yard pass to

    Sep 7 3:56 PM


  • NFL
    TD HST
    MATT SCHAUB 4 YD RUN
    (KRIS BROWN KICK)
    HOUSTON 17
    PITTSBURGH 38 1:14 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Texans 17, Steelers 38  4th - 1:14Sep 7 3:53 PM


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    FG PIT
    JEFF REED 44 YD
    HOUSTON 10
    PITTSBURGH 38 5:24 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Texans 10, Steelers 38  4th - 5:24Sep 7 3:42 PM


  • NFL
    TD HST
    KEVIN WALTER 14 YD PASS FROM MATT SCHAUB
    (KRIS BROWN KICK)
    HOUSTON 10
    PITTSBURGH 35 9:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Texans 10, Steelers 35  4th - 9:00Sep 7 3:27 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 0 3 0 3
    PITTSBURGH 7 14 14 35 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PIT - TD, WILLIE PARKER 7 YD RUN (JEFF REED
    KICK), 9:16. Drive: 8 plays, 52
    yards in 4:48. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 17-yard run on
    3rd-and-4 to to Houston 29;
    Roethlisberger 9-yard

    Sep 7 3:10 PM


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    TD PIT
    HINES WARD 16 YD PASS FROM BEN ROETHLISBERGER
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    HOUSTON 3
    PITTSBURGH 35 2:04 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Texans 3, Steelers 35  3rd - 2:04Sep 7 3:02 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    WILLIE PARKER 4 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    HOUSTON 3
    PITTSBURGH 28 9:10 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Texans 3, Steelers 28  3rd - 9:10Sep 7 2:45 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 0 3 3
    PITTSBURGH 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PIT - TD, WILLIE PARKER 7 YD RUN (JEFF REED
    KICK), 9:16. Drive: 8 plays, 52
    yards in 4:48. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 17-yard run on
    3rd-and-4 to to Pittsburgh 46;
    Roethlisberger 9-yard p

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    Texans 3, Steelers 21  2nd - 4:21Sep 7 2:12 PM


  • NFL
    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 34 YD
    HOUSTON 3
    PITTSBURGH 21 4:29 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Texans 3, Steelers 21  2nd - 4:29Sep 7 2:08 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    HINES WARD 13 YD PASS FROM BEN ROETHLISBERGER
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    HOUSTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 21 9:03 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Texans 0, Steelers 21  2nd - 9:03Sep 7 1:53 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    WILLIE PARKER 13 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    HOUSTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 14 11:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Texans 0, Steelers 14  2nd - 11:00Sep 7 1:45 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PIT - TD, WILLIE PARKER 7 YD RUN (JEFF REED
    KICK), 9:16. Drive: 8 plays, 52
    yards in 4:48. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 17-yard run on
    3rd-and-4 to to Pittsburgh 46;
    Roethlisberger 9-ya

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    TD PIT
    WILLIE PARKER 7 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    HOUSTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 7 5:44 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Texans 0, Steelers 7  1st - 5:44Sep 7 1:21 PM
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