4:05 PM ET, December 21, 2008
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Higgins catches one TD, returns another as Raiders end Texans' win streak
OAKLAND, Calif. -- JaMarcus Russell threaded passes to Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chaz Schilens and Zach Miller. Higgins showed off his game-breaking ability on another punt return and Darren McFadden got involved in the offense early.As another disappointing season nears its conclusion, some of the younger Oakland Raiders tried to show there could be reason for optimism in the future.
• The win was the Raiders' first against Houston (1-3), it snapped a three-game losing streak and ended a four-game home losing streak.
• For the first time in his career, JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdowns in back-to-back games
• Steve Slaton did not rush for 100 yards for the first time in his last four games, but his 66 rushing yards gave him 1,190 on the season to set the Texans' record. Domanick Williams had 1,188 in 2004.
-- ESPN research
Raiders Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha left the game in the fourth quarter with a sore neck. ... Oakland scored TDs on the opening drive of both halves for the first time since Oct. 7, 2001, against Dallas. ... Houston allowed its first punt return TD since Tennessee's Adam "Pacman" Jones did it Oct. 29, 2006. ... Texans TE Owen Daniels had seven catches for 111 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:34||Chaz Schilens 20 Yd Pass From JaMarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||0||7|
|TD||07:59||Vonta Leach 1 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||7||7|
|FG||03:42||Sebastian Janikowski 33 Yd||7||10|
|FG||00:05||Sebastian Janikowski 30 Yd||7||13|
|FG||06:11||Kris Brown 53 Yd||10||13|
|FG||00:38||Kris Brown 24 Yd||13||13|
|TD||09:56||Johnnie Lee Higgins 29 Yd Pass From JaMarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||13||20|
|TD||05:44||Johnnie Lee Higgins 80 Yd Punt Return (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||13||27|
|FG||09:55||Kris Brown 40 Yd||16||27|