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Higgins helps Raiders end Texans' run

Dec 22, 2008 - 1:57 AM By Al Barba PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Johnnie Lee Higgins gave the small crowd that showed up for the Oakland Raiders' regular-season home finale something to cheer about.

Higgins caught a 29-yard touchdown and scored on an 80-yard punt return, helping the Raiders to a 27-16 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Higgins' punt return, his franchise-record third of the season, gave the Raiders a 27-13 lead with 6:03 left in quarter.

"I feel like I'm explosive. Higgins said. "You never know what's going to happen."

The second-year receiver said there isn't much thought to what he does on the field, especially on the punt return.

"I just catch and run," Higgins said. "Everyone else, they just move people out of the way."

Oakland (4-11) snapped a three-game losing streak and won its home finale for the first time since 2002 - its Super Bowl season.

"We played well in all three phases today," Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable said. "We gave up a couple big plays in the first half on defense, but we settled in there and took care of that. Our defense was much better today."

JaMarcus Russell led an energized offense by completing 18-for-25 for 236 yards with a pair of touchdowns. His 29-yard strike to Higgins put Oakland up, 20-13, with 10:03 left in the third.

"JaMarcus, this is really his best football game. He has been coming," Cable said. "It was just a great effort by our football team."

Vonta Leach had a TD run and Kris Brown kicked three field goals for Houston (7-8), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

"We didn't play very well at all," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "You have to give them (Raiders) credit. They beat us in all three phases of the game.

"It starts with me. I have to have them ready to play. We didn't play with the same emotion. All the things we said we had to do going into the game, we didn't do any of them."

Oakland, which is the only team in the history of the NFL to lose 11 games in six straight seasons, scored on its first three possessions.

Russell hit Chaz Schilens for a 20-yard score and Sebastian Janikowski kicked field goals of 33 and 30 yards.

Schilens' touchdown catch capped an eight-play, 64-yard drive. He was a late addition to the starting lineup in place of Ronald Curry, who was inactive.

Houston drove 71 yards in six plays and tied it at 7-7 on a 1-yard run by Leach.

Brown added field goals of 53 and 24 yards to knot the score at 13-13 at halftime. Brown accounted for Houston's only points of the second half, connecting on a 40-yard field goal and establishing a franchise single-season record for points with 117.

Houston quarterback Matt Schaub finished the game 19-of-36 for 255 yards and one interception.

The Texans managed 324 yards of total offense, but were only able to find the end zone once, even after recovering an Oakland fumble on the Raiders' 14-yard line with 9:34 remaining.

Houston failed to pick up a first down after attempting a fourth-down pass that fell incomplete in the end zone.

"We got down to the red zone and weren't capitalizing on our opportunities," Schaub said. "We had a couple of field goals. It is inexcusable. They executed their plan."








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 7 6 0 3 16
    OAKLAND 13 0 14 0 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: OAK - TD, CHAZERAY SCHILENS 20 YD PASS FROM
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL (SEBASTIAN
    JANIKOWSKI KICK), 4:26. Drive: 8
    plays, 64 yards in 4:26. Key plays:
    Russell 21-yard pass to Miller to
    Houston 39; Rus

    Dec 21 6:53 PM


  • NFL
    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 40 YD
    HOUSTON 16
    OAKLAND 27 9:55 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Texans 16, Raiders 27  4th - 9:55Dec 21 6:24 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 7 6 0 13
    OAKLAND 13 0 14 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: OAK - TD, CHAZERAY SCHILENS 20 YD PASS FROM
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL (SEBASTIAN
    JANIKOWSKI KICK), 4:26. Drive: 8
    plays, 64 yards in 4:26. Key plays:
    Russell 21-yard pass to Miller to
    Houston

    Dec 21 6:11 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 80 YD PUNT RETURN
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    HOUSTON 13
    OAKLAND 27 5:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Texans 13, Raiders 27  3rd - 5:44Dec 21 5:57 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 29 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    HOUSTON 13
    OAKLAND 20 9:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Texans 13, Raiders 20  3rd - 9:56Dec 21 5:46 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 7 6 13
    OAKLAND 13 0 13 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: OAK - TD, CHAZERAY SCHILENS 20 YD PASS FROM
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL (SEBASTIAN
    JANIKOWSKI KICK), 4:26. Drive: 8
    plays, 64 yards in 4:26. Key plays:
    Russell 21-yard pass to Miller to
    Houston 39;

    Dec 21 5:22 PM
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    Texans 13, Raiders 13  HalfDec 21 5:22 PM


  • NFL
    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 24 YD
    HOUSTON 13
    OAKLAND 13 0:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Texans 13, Raiders 13  2nd - 0:38Dec 21 5:17 PM


  • NFL
    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 53 YD
    HOUSTON 10
    OAKLAND 13 6:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Texans 10, Raiders 13  2nd - 6:11Dec 21 5:03 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOUSTON 7 7
    OAKLAND 13 13 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: OAK - TD, CHAZERAY SCHILENS 20 YD PASS FROM
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL (SEBASTIAN
    JANIKOWSKI KICK), 4:26. Drive: 8
    plays, 64 yards in 4:26. Key plays:
    Russell 21-yard pass to Miller to
    Houston

    Dec 21 4:47 PM


  • NFL
    FG OAK
    SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 30 YD
    HOUSTON 7
    OAKLAND 13 0:05 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Texans 7, Raiders 13  1st - 0:05Dec 21 4:39 PM


  • NFL
    FG OAK
    SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 33 YD
    HOUSTON 7
    OAKLAND 10 3:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Texans 7, Raiders 10  1st - 3:42Dec 21 4:30 PM


  • NFL
    TD HST
    VONTA LEACH 1 YD RUN
    (KRIS BROWN KICK)
    HOUSTON 7
    OAKLAND 7 7:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Texans 7, Raiders 7  1st - 7:59Dec 21 4:21 PM


  • NFL
    TD OAK
    CHAZERAY SCHILENS 20 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL
    (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK)
    HOUSTON 0
    OAKLAND 7 10:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Texans 0, Raiders 7  1st - 10:34Dec 21 4:12 PM
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