The Houston Texans went on an unprecedented 21-0 run in the fourth quarter Sunday en route a 31-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
DeAndre Hopkins, who finished the game with 10 catches for 148 yards, caught two neat touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer as the Texans registered their second win of the 2015-16 NFL season. Hoyer, who regained his starting position last week against Indianapolis, went 24 of 36 for 293 yards, throwing three touchdowns while amassing a spectacular 119.3 passer rating. Hoyer’s three touchdown passes set a new career-high for the 30-year-old, eliminating doubts about his ability to start.
Hoyer said it was a relief to register his first win as a Texan. “Obviously it’s huge to get a win on the road, against a division opponent. We knew we were going to come in here and they were coming off a tough loss too,” said the quarterback. “They were going to give everything they had and it was definitely challenging,” added the seven-year veteran.
“It wasn’t always pretty but when it counted, we made plays and it was good to have the defense get a touchdown too,” said Hoyer. “Total team win, really. Everyone doing their job.”
Hopkins, who benefited from Hoyer’s impeccable passing ability, appreciated his new teammate’s leadership skills. “Hoyer’s a leader. He’s a natural born leader.”
The Jacksonville crowd began receding from the stands midway through the fourth quarter after Andre Hal returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
The Texans improved to a 2-4 record while the Jaguars stumbled to 1-5.