HOUSTON—The Texans sent a winning military salute to our men and women on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Reliant Stadium by leveling the Browns 30-12.
A very familiar face was on hand to also recognize our U.S. troops, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who watched the Texans finish with a franchise-record 261 yards rushing.
Matt Schaub silences critics who say No. 8 can't score on his feet, as he ties a single-season best with his second rushing touchdown of the season. Schaub, who finished with 119 yards passing, said the performances of Arian Foster and Ben Tate helped take pressure off his passing game.
"We didn't really need to do too much down the field and that's a good defensive football team that we faced," said Schaub.
It was history in the making for your reigning NFL rushing leader, Foster, who once again proved that 2010 was not a fluke by breaking the franchises's career mark for rushing touchdowns with 24.
"It feels good, but winning in this league, it's just short lived," said Foster, who rushed for 124 yards. "You just have to keep pushing, you have to keep on with the goal at the end of the year and that's to make the playoffs. That is our initial goal. And right now we're sitting where we want to be, first in the division, 6-3."
Tate, who finished with 115 yards, outraced the Browns' defense on a 27-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to set the offensive tone.
"The offensive line is doing a great job," said Tate. "I'm just trying to get out there and make the most of my runs and add a spark to the team whenever I do get my chances."
It wasn't the warmest welcoming for Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, a Texas Longhorns product, who made his first start in the Lone Star State for Cleveland, thanks to a Texans defense that sacked him four times.
"They came from the first snap to the last and it's frustrating," McCoy said. "They were able to create a lot of pressure up front. At times, it was hard to overcome."
Houston travels to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 13 for its next contest with the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.