Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Three of Sam Bradford's 12 completions went
for touchdowns and the Rams defense stood tall as St. Louis upset the Houston
Texans, 38-13, from Reliant Stadium.
Bradford connected on 12-of-16 for 117 yards and three scores to three
different receivers. Brian Quick, Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey all found
the end zone on their only catch while Zac Stacy ran for 79 yards in his
second career start.
St. Louis (3-3) has won back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game losing
skid while Houston (2-4) has dropped four straight after starting the season
2-0. The Texans have been outscored 72-16 over the past two weeks.
Matt Schaub, who threw a pick-six in four straight games entering Sunday,
protected the ball but failed to ignite Houston's offense. Schaub completed
15-of-21 passes for 186 yards before exiting late in the third quarter with a
right ankle injury.
T.J. Yates took over under center and tossed a pair of red-zone interceptions,
perhaps ending any conversation of a quarterback controversy in Houston as
long as Schaub is healthy.
Arian Foster was the lone bright spot offensively, rushing for 141 yards on 20
carries and catching four passes for 57 yards.
St. Louis scored first midway through the opening period when Bradford rolled
out to his right and found a wide open Harkey, whose fourth career reception
went for a 2-yard touchdown. A 40-yard pass interference call on 2nd-and-10
from the St. Louis 35 put the Rams in Houston territory earlier on the drive.
The Rams capitalized on DeAndre Hopkins' fumble with a 42-yard field goal from
Greg Zuerlein to take a 10-0 edge early in the second quarter.
Foster broke off runs of 23 and 22 yards on a run-heavy second quarter drive
for Houston, but the Texans stalled in the red zone and had to settle for a
20-yard Randy Bullock field goal.
Bradford marched the Rams offense right back down the field in 10 plays and
found Kendricks for a short touchdown. Brian Cushing's personal foul for
hitting Bradford late cost his team 15 yards, and Stacy ripped an 18-yard rush
to the Houston 8 on the next play.
Bullock kicked another field goal late in the first half, and the Texans
trailed 17-6 at intermission. Houston was penalized seven times for 95 yards
in the half.
St. Louis kept its foot on the pedal, coming out of the tunnels with two
touchdowns in the opening minutes. A 34-yard pitch-and-catch with Jared Cook
on the opening drive put the Rams inside the Texans 10, and a quick slant to
Quick two plays later went for a score.
Rodney McLeod jarred the ball loose from return man Keshawn Martin on the
ensuing kick-off. Daren Bates grabbed the football and ran it back 11 yards
for another touchdown.
Yates had an opportunity to put some points on the board late in the third,
but on 4th-and-3 from the Rams 6, Alec Ogletree stepped in front of Garrett
Graham for an easy interception and steamrolled 98 yards untouched for a
Ben Tate needed seven touches from inside the Rams 20, but finally took it in
from a yard out with 3:25 left in the game for the Texans' lone touchdown.
Foster became the fourth undrafted player in NFL history to surpass 5,000
rushing yards. He accomplished the feat in 57 games, quickest in league
history among undrafted players ... Yates went 12-for-17 for 98 yards and two
picks ... The Texans picked up 27 first downs compared to 15 for St. Louis.
Houston also went 2-for-3 on fourth down ... Houston did not have a penalty
in the second half ... Michael Brockers had two of the Rams' five sacks.
Houston did not record a sack.
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