Final

Texans 27

(3-6, 1-4 away)

Bengals 34

(4-5, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 9, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 3 14 10 027
CIN 7 10 7 1034

Johnson gains 182 yards, scores twice

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Houston Texans are still looking for that elusive first two-game winning streak.

While the Texans scored more points in a game than they've ever done during their two-year history, it wasn't enough as Cincinnati beat Houston 34-27 on Sunday.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Texans: Is Domanick Davis the most promising of the Texans' young offensive stars?
This is a tossup between Davis and quarterback David Carr. Davis has an advantage because of Carr's inability to stay healthy. He has played excellently the past few games and gives the Texans a solid running game, which is what they need for further success.

Question on the Bengals: Have Rudi Johnson's effort and performance pushed him ahead of Corey Dillon even if he's healthy?
As amazing as Johnson's performance has been, this is going to come down to ancillary factors. Johnson seems to be more of a team player and doesn't need the babysitting that Dillon seems to require. That may be the true reason why Dillon may be displaced in Cincinnati.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"It was a winnable game and I think if we would have won this game, it brings the whole team together, especially in the type of game that it was where you're going back and forth," said Texans' quarterback David Carr. "We just fell a little short."

Rookie Domanick Davis led the offense with 104 yards rushing, including a 51-yard run in the third quarter, the longest in team history.

While the Texans defense held firm in last week's win over Carolina, it couldn't stop Rudi Johnson, who set a record for the Bengals (4-5) by running 43 times, picking up 182 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns.

There were four lead changes in a game of contrasting styles. Johnson's runs kept Cincinnati moving slow-but-steady. The Texans (3-6) repeatedly made big plays to keep it close, including a 73-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Corey Bradford -- the third longest reception in franchise history.

Carr, who sat out last week's game with a sprained ankle, was 11-of-25 for 146 yards. Twice he overthrew Bradford after the receiver ran past his defender, missing chances for touchdowns.

The key to the Texans' loss was not stopping Johnson, said linebacker Steve Foley, who played the first five seasons of his career in Cincinnati before being released this year.

"That's what killed us," he said. "We had plenty of opportunities, but we didn't make the most of them. They did and you saw the outcome."

Corey Dillon's unheralded backup kept the Bengals in contention in the AFC North and feeling rather full of themselves heading into a home game next Sunday against undefeated Kansas City.

Inactive because of a strained groin, Dillon wasn't even on the sideline as his backup quickly won over the Bengals' smallest home crowd of the season. The 50,437 fans chanted "Rudi! Rudi!" as he exploited holes in one of the league's worst defenses.

"They did whatever they wanted," Texans linebacker Jay Foreman said. "Anytime somebody runs the ball like that whenever they need to, it's just not good defense."

Unlike Chad Johnson, the Bengals' receiver who guaranteed last season's lopsided win by Cincinnati over Houston, Rudi kept his mouth shut and kept the celebrations simple. He simply flipped the ball to the official after his 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

He quickly headed to the bench after a 1-yard touchdown run put the Bengals ahead to stay 31-27 early in the fourth quarter. Johnson's 182 yards rushing matched Jon Kitna's passing total.

"The way the game was going, I felt 10 times better," said Rudi Johnson, who also topped 100 yards as Dillon's fill-in two weeks ago. "I knew I was doing something right and making things happen."

He surpassed Dillon's team record of 39 carries in a game in 1997 against Tennessee, when Dillon topped Jim Brown's rookie rushing record of 246 yards.

The Texans had one last chance after Shayne Graham's 40-yard field goal made it 34-27 with 2:32 to go. David Carr's next pass was tipped and intercepted, ending the drama but not the torment.

Instead of kicking a field goal with 32 seconds left to pad the lead to 10 points, the Bengals went on fourth down from the 13-yard line. Kitna changed to a pass play, then threw to Chad Johnson, who slid into the end zone and jumped into the seats in a celebration that had to rankle the Texans.

However, the officials ruled Johnson down at the 1, and Kitna went to his knee after taking the next snap.

Game notes


Houston's J.J. Moses had seven kickoff returns for 186 yards, and had a 47-yard punt return wiped out by penalty. ... The 27 points were the most ever scored by the Texans. The previous high was 24. ... Davis had 104 yards on 15 carries, his third 100-yard game in his last four. ... Despite coach Marvin Lewis' week of lobbying for fans to show up, the Bengals had 15,000 empty seats.

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUCIN
houFG7:01Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yds, 1:54
37
SECOND QUARTERHOUCIN
cinFG3:00Shayne Graham 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 27 yds, 0:54
1017
houTD15:00Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 63 yds, 12:00
97
hou14:49
Drive info: 3 plays, 63 yds, 12:00
107
THIRD QUARTERHOUCIN
houTD12:40Domanick Williams, 2 yd run
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yds, 2:14
2317
SECOND QUARTERHOUCIN
houTD0:24Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yds, 0:48
1617
THIRD QUARTERHOUCIN
hou12:31
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yds, 2:14
2417
SECOND QUARTERHOUCIN
hou0:19
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yds, 0:48
1717
THIRD QUARTERHOUCIN
cinTD8:13Rudi Johnson, 17 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 3:31
2423
cin8:09
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 3:31
2424
FIRST QUARTERHOUCIN
cinTD9:15Touchdown
Drive info: 13 plays, 77 yds, 5:41
06
cin9:03
Drive info: 13 plays, 77 yds, 5:41
07
THIRD QUARTERHOUCIN
houFG2:00Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 33 yds, 6:41
2724
FOURTH QUARTERHOUCIN
cinTD10:59Rudi Johnson, 1 yd run
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 15:02
2730
SECOND QUARTERHOUCIN
cinTD6:55Jeremi Johnson, 1 yd run
Drive info: 14 plays, 74 yds, 8:27
1013
FOURTH QUARTERHOUCIN
cin10:56
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 15:02
2731
SECOND QUARTERHOUCIN
cin6:47
Drive info: 14 plays, 74 yds, 8:27
1014
FOURTH QUARTERHOUCIN
cinFG3:19Shayne Graham 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 41 yds, 5:40
2734