1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2008
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gary Kubiak did what football fans always beg coaches to do: He went for it in a key short-yardage situation. The problem was the Houston Texans didn't get it -- and, just like that, their chances of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers all but evaporated.
• Willie Parker rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns for the first time in his career (he had two all of last season). Parker has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his four season openers.
• Pittsburgh scored its most points in a season opener since 1999.
• Ben Roethlisberger threw only one incomplete pass (13-for-14) for his highest single-game completion percentage of his career (92.9).
• Houston's Andre Johnson had 10 catches for 112 yards, the fourth time in his career he's had 10 catches and 100 yards in the same game.
-- ESPN Research
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Willie Parker dominate the Texans in their opener at Heinz field.
Roethlisberger has eight TD passes in three season openers. He is 40-16 as a starter. ... Houston DE Mario Williams, coming off a 14-sack season, had both of Houston's sacks and a forced fumble, all before halftime. ... The Steelers had two interceptions after making a league-low 11 in 2007. They also recovered a fumble. ... Woodley recovered a fumble and had a sack in his first career start.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.0||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||05:44||Willie Parker 7 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||7|
|TD||11:00||Willie Parker 13 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||14|
|TD||09:03||Hines Ward 13 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||21|
|FG||04:29||Kris Brown 34 Yd||3||21|
|TD||09:10||Willie Parker 4 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||3||28|
|TD||02:04||Hines Ward 16 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||3||35|
|TD||09:00||Kevin Walter 14 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick)||10||35|
|FG||05:24||Jeff Reed 44 Yd||10||38|
|TD||01:14||Matt Schaub 4 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||17||38|