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Texans 30, Titans 24

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HOUSTON -- Quarterback Matt Schaub completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to complete the Houston Texans' second consecutive comback victory, this time defeating the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Hopkins, whose 25-yard catch on third down put the Texans (2-0) in the shadow of the goal posts, finished with seven catches for 117 yards.

Tennessee put the Texans' hopes for a 2-0 start in peril with back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 99-yard scoring drive capped by a touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Delanie Walker. The Titans tacked on another seven when cornerback Alterraun Verner picked off Schaub for a 23-yard touchdown return.

The Texans covered 87 yards in eight plays and 1 minute, 14 seconds to pull even, turning a reversal of a 21-yard Andre Johnson catch originally ruled incomplete into a first-and-goal at the Tennessee 2. Texans running back Arian Foster scored on a 1-yard plunge two snaps later, then fought for the goal line in earning the two-point conversion to tie the game 24-24.

With the Texans facing third-and-21 from their 10-yard-line, Titans cornerback Alterraun Walker stepped in front of a Schaub pass intended for Hopkins and jogged untouched down the visiting sideline and into the end zone. The Titans (1-1), whose masterful defensive effort highlighted their surprising victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, handed Tennessee a 24-16 lead with just 4:59 left to play.

The Texans appeared set to land the knockout blow when punter Shane Lechler pinned the Titans at their 1-yard line with 10:45 remaining. But after mustering just 10 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter, the Titans unexpectedly embarked on the nine-play, 99-yard touchdown march.

While Texans coach Gary Kubiak debated tossing a challenge flag on a disputed six-yard, first-down catch by Kenny Britt, the Titans caught Houston flatfooted and Locker completed a 31-yard pass to Nate Washington. The Titans faced just one third down en route to reclaiming the lead, with Kendall Wright moving the chains on third-and-two via his 14-yard catch. Locker capped the drive with a 10-yard pass to Walker, giving the Titans a 17-16 lead with 6:37 left.

After covering 80 yards in five plays on their opening drive, one culminating in a Schaub-to-Garrett Graham touchdown pass, the Texans squandered exceptional field position for the remainder of the first half.

Randy Bullock pushed two 50-yard field goal attempts wide right as part of Houston failing to convert on five possessions initiating at its 39 or better. The Titans took a 10-7 halftime lead when Rob Bironas hit a 47-yard field goal as the half expired. Tennessee followed by completing the third quarter without registering a first down over four possessions.

Bullock also missed a 46-yard attempt on an untimed play to close regulation, hitting the left upright to send the game into overtime.

Houston came back from a 28-7 deficit to win at San Diego in Week 1.

NOTES: Titans RB Chris Johnson rushed for 47 yards in the first quarter and became the third running back in franchise history to surpass 7,000 career rushing yards. Johnson joined Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574) in that class. With 97 yards from scrimmage, Johnson bypassed Ernest Givins (8,704 yards) for fourth place on the franchise list. ... Texans LT Duane Brown was helped off the field midway through the second quarter after suffering a lower right leg injury. Brown had his right ankle re-taped and returned for the ensuing offensive series. ... After rushing for 55 yards while splitting duties with Foster last week, Texans RB Ben Tate reeled off a 60-yard run on his first carry and led the team with 93 rushing yards on nine carries.
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