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article imageNFL: Raiders honor late Al Davis with big win over Texans

By Austin Tyler     Oct 10, 2011 in Sports
Houston - Just a day after the passing of their beloved owner Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders took the field and showed their respect by getting a 25-20 victory. Al Davis's son Mark Davis made the trip and released tears of joy after the Raiders got the victory.
The Oakland Raiders (3-2) visited the Houston Texans (3-2) in a matchup that had to up and coming teams looking to add another win to their total. Texans had to make some adjustments as they are without their best wide receiver Andre Johnson which made Adrian Foster the best run and pass option in this game. The Raiders are looking to bounce back after a very disappointing loss to the New England Patriots last week.
The Raiders started the game with the ball and went three and out quick as they were forced to punt the ball away. The Texans took over and struck quick as they moved the ball down the field 65-yards in ten plays. Matt Schaub (24/51, 416 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 Int’s) started the drive with back-to-back passes to tight end Owen Daniels (7 receptions, 89 yards) to get two first downs. Adrian Foster (22 carries, 68 yards) broke a 20-yard run during this drive, and Schaub later hit Kevin Walter (5 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD) for a touchdown. The 5-yard pass from Schaub made it a 7-0 lead.
The Raiders struggled on their next drive as well and was forced to punt the ball away again. The Texans tried to put more points on the board, but could not keep ball. Schaub threw an interception on the fourth play of the drive after they got a first down. Lamarr Houston picked off the past and returned the ball 15-yards before being tackled. Oakland could not get the ball going as they lost a yard on this drive and had to settle for a field-goal. Sebastian Janikowski came on and kicked a 54-yard field-goal to make it a 7-3 game.
Houston took over on the ensuing drive and struggled to move the ball on their drive as they tried to run the ball. They went three and out and was forced to punt the ball away back to the Raiders. Oakland took over, but once again could not move the ball down the field as they had to settle for another long field-goal. Janikowski came on and made a 55-yard field-goal that made it a 7-6 game.
The Texans got the ball and tried to get their offense again as Schaub hit Daniels again for another big gain. The drive then stalled as they only gained 8-yards before they punted the ball back to the Raiders. Oakland did not keep the ball long as Jason Campbell had his pass intercepted by Jason Allen of the Texans. After the turnover Houston then went deep on the first play as Schaub hit Joel Dreessen (5 receptions, 112 yards, 1 TD) with a 56-yard pass to make it a 14-6 lead.
Both teams then struggled on offense as they could not get the ball going. With 2 minutes left in the half the Raiders got their offense going again as they moved the ball 73-yards on this drive. Jason Campbell (15/35, 190 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int) opened the drive by hitting Darrius Heyward-Bey (7 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD) with an 18-yard pass twice on this drive. Campbell then connected with Heyward-Bey for a 34-yard touchdown pass that made it a 14-12 game. The Raiders tried to go for a two-point conversion, but could not complete the pass.
The Texans had a chance to answer, but could not get the drive going as they only gained 9-yards on the drive before punting it away. The Raiders went into halftime with the score 14-12 as they only had .15 seconds to try and get down the field.
At the 10:51 mark of the third quarter the Raiders got the ball after Neil Rackers missed a 41-yard field-goal that went wide left. The Raiders then moved the ball 37-yards on their ensuing drive and had to settle for another field-goal. Janikowski came on and kicked in a 50-yard field-goal that gave the Raiders a 15-14 lead.
Houston came on and moved the ball down the field as they opened the drive with a 41-yard pass to Walter. The drive stalled after that and Neil Rackers came on to attempt a 54-yard field-goal. Rackers kick made it a 17-15 Houston lead as the third quarter was closing out.
Oakland got the ball and with 1:59 left in the third and moved their drive into the beginning of the fourth when they scored on an 18-yard pass to Chaz Schilens (2 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD). The Raiders drive covered 61-yards in six plays with Darren McFadden (16 carries, 51 yards) doing most of the damage with 14 and 20 yard runs. The Raiders bounce back on this drive to take a 22-17 lead.
The Texans struggled on their next drive and punted the ball back t o the Raiders who then moved the ball 46-yards to get in place for a field-goal. Rock Cartwright only had one carry the whole game and that was for 35-yards to give the Raiders a first down. Janikowski came on and made a 42-yard field-goal to give the Raiders a 25-17 lead.
With 8:22 left to go in the game the Texans got the ball back after a punt and began to move down the field. Schaub opened with passes to Daniels and mixed in some passes to Foster (5 receptions, 116 yards) who had a 23-yard catch and run. Houston moved the ball 72-yards in 16 plays, but had to settle for another Rackers field-goal. Rackers made a 40-yard field-goal to make it a 25-20 game 2:56 to go.
The Raiders went three and out of their ensuing drive and gave the ball back with 1:50 to go on the clock. The Texans wasted no time as they got the ball moving with passes to Foster and Walter for big gains. Schaub later hit Dreessen with a 34-yard pass for a first down and then spiked it to stop the clock. With almost no time on the clock Schaub had a chance to win the game, but was picked off by Michael Huff in the endzone as he tried to hit Jacoby Jones.
Oakland got the ball and the win as Head Coach Hue Jackson took one knee and shed a tear for Al and the win.
Mario Williams left the game with a torn pectoral muscle and is ruled out for the rest of the season.
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