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NFL Game Summary - Houston at Oakland



(Sunday, October 3rd)

Final Score: Houston 31, Oakland 24

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub tossed two touchdowns while Arian Foster scored twice to help the Houston Texans take a 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Schaub went 16-for-29 with 192 yards while Foster finished the game with 16 carries for 131 yards and a score and three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (3-1), who bounced back from last Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Derrick Ward added 12 carries and 80 yards with a score, and Joel Dreessen had five catches for 73 yards and a score in the win.

"I'm proud of our team and the effort they put out there today," said Houston head coach Gary Kubiak. "We had some issues coming into the game, especially with injuries, and they really stepped up and played an excellent game."

Bruce Gradkowski went 24-for-39 with 278 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while Zach Miller finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and a score for the Raiders (1-3), who have dropped two straight after defeating St. Louis.

"I thought the game was won and lost on the line of scrimmage," said Oakland head coach Tom Cable. "They came in here and did exactly what they tried to do all year and that was establish their run game and they did a good job of it. We got whipped on the line of scrimmage and that's the bottom line."

With the score tied at the start of the second half, Houston quickly took the lead. On the second play of the opening drive, Foster took a handoff around the right side, broke a tackle along the sideline and raced into the end zone from 74 yards out for a 21-14 lead just 44 seconds in.

After forcing a punt on Oakland's next touch, the Texans went on a 13-play, 73-yard drive that ate up over 7 1/2 minutes of the clock. They capped it with a 35-yard field goal from Neil Rackers for a 24-14 lead with 2:35 to play in the third quarter.

Gradkowski was picked off by Troy Nolan on the first play of Oakland's ensuing drive and the Texans took advantage of the turnover. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Schaub hit Foster near the end zone, and Foster got across the goal line to complete the 10-yard play for a 31-14 lead.

However, Oakland answered four minutes later. The nine-play, 87-yard march was capped by a 14-yard reception in the end zone by Miller to make it a 31-21 game.

The Raiders held the Texans on their next touch and were able to make it a one-score game, as Sebastian Janikowski booted a 39-yard field goal with 6:13 to play.

The Oakland defense again did its job, forcing a punt from Houston, but Gradkowski was picked off by Nolan for a second time and Houston killed the rest of the clock.

The Raiders got a 64-yard kickoff return from Jacoby Ford to start the game in excellent position, but went three-and-out and the Texans promptly took the lead.

A 29-yard catch by Dreessen was followed by a 13-yard catch from Kevin Walter to get the Texans in Oakland territory. Three plays later, Ward took a handoff through the right side, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 10:06 left in the first quarter.

Oakland, though, came right back to tie the game. The Raiders covered 80 yards in eight plays, with Michael Bush punching the ball into the end zone with a two-yard run up the middle with 6:14 left in the first.

After an exchange of punts, the Texans took the lead after starting with the ball in Oakland territory. Steve Slaton carried the ball 23 yards to get it to the Oakland 13, and on third down, Schaub dumped a quick pass over the middle to Dreessen for an 11-yard score and a 14-7 lead with 23 seconds left in the first.

The Raiders tied the game with an impressive drive in the second quarter. Gradkowski completed a pass to Miller for 17 yards to get the ball across midfield, and later hit a wide-open Marcel Reece in the right flat. Reece took it in untouched from 13 yards out with 6:50 on the clock.

Oakland was driving at the end of the half and in scoring position, but Gradkowski was stripped of the ball and Houston recovered at its own 40.

The Texans got to the Oakland 28 and lined up for a 46-yard field goal, but Rackers hit it off the right upright as time expired.

Game Notes

Bush finished the game with seven carries for 40 yards, while Darren McFadden had 12 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 82 yards for Oakland...Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson was inactive due to a right ankle sprain...Houston has won five of the six games against Oakland...Houston, which has won four straight on the road, hosts the Giants next Sunday...Oakland hosts San Diego next Sunday.

10/03 23:34:31 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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MIN 6
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