Titans 38

(4-2, 3-1 away)

Texans 36

(3-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2007

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 6 16 10 638
HOU 7 0 0 2936

Top Performers

Passing: S. Rosenfels (HOU) - 290 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: L. White (TEN) - 27 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (TEN) - 5 REC, 124 YDS

Titans narrowly hold off Texans' rally with Bironas' record 8th FG

HOUSTON (AP) -- With Vince Young on the sidelines, the Tennessee Titans couldn't finish drives. With the day Rob Bironas had, it didn't matter.

Bironas kicked an NFL-record eight field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, to lead the Titans to a 38-36 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Top Boot
Rob Bironas
Heading into the Titans' game with the Texans, Rob Bironas had eight field goals on the season. He made eight in the game to set an NFL record, including the game winner as time expired. Here's the company he surpassed:
Field Goals
2007Rob Bironas, TEN (vs. Texans)8
2003Billy Cundiff, DAL (vs. Giants)7
1996Chris Boniol, DAL (vs. Packers)7
1989Rich Karlis, MIN (vs. Rams)7
1967Jim Bakken, STL (vs. Steelers)7

Backup Kerry Collins led the offense while Young missed playing in his hometown because of a strained quadriceps. Collins didn't make many mistakes, but the offense couldn't capitalize in the red zone, ushering Bironas into the record book.

The record-setting kick foiled a spirited comeback by the Texans (3-4), who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Andre' Davis to take a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds to play.

The Titans (4-2) faced a third-and-10 at their 37 when Collins found Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass that set up the winning kick.

Bironas said he didn't realize he was closing in on the mark.

"I knew we'd hit quite a few, but I try not to count," Bironas said. "I try not to know the distances when I go out there, so I'm always concentrating on making the same kick. I've never really counted. I'll remember this one, though."

Bironas' last two field goals were from 29 yards and he connected from 52, 43, 25, 21, 30 and 28 yards to break the previous record of seven field goals held by Billy Cundiff, Chris Boniol, Rich Karlis and Jim Bakken.

He doubled his field goal total for the season Sunday after kicking eight field goals in the five previous games combined. When someone pointed out that he had five field goals by halftime, he found it strange.

"I was like: 'I've almost kicked as many as we've kicked the whole season,'" he said. "I'll take them when we need them."

Bironas also kicked two extra points and set the NFL record for most points by a kicker with 26. Cundiff's 23 points on Sept. 15, 2003, was the previous high.

Young was active, but didn't play and Collins got his first win as a starter in Tennessee after losing the first three games of last season. Coach Jeff Fisher said Young could have played if Collins had been injured, but that he wasn't at "full speed."

"I wasn't going to play at all because I didn't have any preparation or practicing," Young said. "I really feel like I need to practice to play. I can't just go out there and go off just off talent. That's not the type of guy I am."

Houston's offense stalled throughout the first three quarters before the furious rally began with a 7-yard touchdown catch by David Anderson early in the fourth quarter. Before that 70-yard drive, the Texans had managed just 34 yards of offense. A two-point conversion by Davis made it 32-15.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak blamed the offensive woes on himself.

"I'm just very disappointed in this guy you're looking at right here," Kubiak said. "For us to go out there and play offensively that way for that long, there's no excuse. That's my job."

Houston starter Matt Schaub missed big chunks of the first half and the entire second half with ankle and hip injuries. Kubiak said Schaub would have an MRI on his hip but that X-rays on his ankle were negative.

Rosenfels accounted for four of Houston's six turnovers by throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in Schaub's place.

"If we just convert on a couple of those turnovers that we got, deep in their territory and got touchdowns instead of field goals, we wouldn't have been in the situation we were in at the end," Collins said. "That's obviously going to be a point of emphasis for us and one we need to keep working on."

The Texans cut the lead to 32-22 on a 6-yard touchdown reception by Kevin Walter with about eight minutes left. The Texans forced a punt, but Anderson fumbled it and Tennessee recovered, putting a damper on Houston's comeback hopes.

Bironas seventh field goal made it 35-22 with 3:47 remaining.

But Jeb Putzier's 7-yard touchdown catch with less than two minutes remaining cut the lead to 35-29. The Texans recovered their first onside kick attempt but had to re-kick after an illegal formation penalty.

They recovered the second one, too, to set up Davis' touchdown.

Rosenfels four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter tied an NFL record. He finished 22-for-35 for 290 yards.

Chris Henry and LenDale White scored Tennessee's only touchdowns and White finished with 27 carries for 104 yards.

DeMeco Ryans sacked Collins, causing a fumble which he returned 26 yards for a touchdown that gave Houston a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

The Texans managed 24 yards and two first downs in the first half, with the second one coming on a penalty. Jacoby Jones fumbled early in the first quarter and Rosenfels threw an interception and lost a fumble before halftime.

Rosenfels replaced Schaub midway through the first half after he injured his ankle on a sack. He threw the interception to Nick Harper on his first play.

Schaub returned in the second quarter, but was knocked out of the game just before halftime by a helmet-to-helmet hit by Albert Haynesworth. Rosenfels fumbled on the next play to set up a 28-yard field goal by Bironas, his fifth of the half.

Haynesworth said he didn't think it was a helmet-to-helmet hit and said it would have been better if Schaub would have stayed in.

"Well, heck, I mean we probably would have won this game 35-7 if he stayed in," Haynesworth said. "It was good to knock him out I guess, but he's going to come back and I don't think there'll be any kind of quarterback controversy because they pay that guy a lot of money."

Game notes

The Texans had just 39 yards rushing. ... Titans fullback Ahmard Hall has a broken arm and will have surgery, Fisher said.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2318
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays8258
Total Yards422333
Yards per play5.15.7
Total Drives1715
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-93-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tenFG12:35Rob Bironas 52 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 35 yds, 2:30
houTD9:51DeMeco Ryans, 26 yd fumble return (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yds, 0:00
tenFG0:55Rob Bironas 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 31 yds, 4:46
tenFG11:49Rob Bironas 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yds, 2:14
tenTD5:49LenDale White, 1 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:29
tenFG1:09Rob Bironas 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 38 yds, 2:53
tenFG0:04Rob Bironas 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 0:45
tenFG10:58Rob Bironas 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 5 yds, 3:15
tenTD3:05Chris Henry, 4 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 6:24
houTD13:48David Anderson, 7 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels(Sage Rosenfels pass to Andre Davis for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yds, 4:18
houTD8:20Kevin Walter, 6 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 98 yds, 3:53
tenFG3:49Rob Bironas 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 0:27
houTD1:41Jeb Putzier, 7 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 2:10
houTD1:06Andre Davis, 53 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 66 yds, 0:40
tenFG0:02Rob Bironas 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 0:57