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Foster scores twice as Texans beat Saints, 27-14

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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Arian Foster rushed five times for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Houston Texans' 27-14 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Ben Tate ran nine times for 95 yards and a score against the Saints' oft- porous run defense.

Foster capped the Texans' seven-play, 72-yard opening drive with a two-yard touchdown run.

Andre Johnson reeled in a 48-yard pass from Matt Schaub to begin Houston's second possession and Foster ended it with a 28-yard touchdown run.

Schaub played until the waning minutes of the first half, completing 12-of-16 passes for 163 yards. Johnson had four catches for 100 yards.

The Saints' first drive wasn't as successful. Drew Brees led the team into Houston territory before he fumbled the ball on a sack by Antonio Smith.

Brees finished 7-for-14 for 109 yards.

New Orleans backup Chase Daniel entered at the 8:31 mark of the second quarter and connected with Joe Morgan for a 56-yard touchdown strike. Morgan, a free agent rookie from Walsh, returned a punt 78-yards for a score in the Saints' preseason opener a week ago.

Mark Ingram, the Saints' No. 28 overall pick, ran seven times for 25 yards and a score.

Houston's Neil Rackers accounted for the lone second half scoring with a 40- yard field goal.

Brooks Reed, the Texans' second-round pick out of the University of Arizona, recorded two sacks.

NFL Boxscore - New Orleans at Houston

 

Team1234Score
New Orleans 0 14 0 0 14
Houston 14 10 3 0 27
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
Houston Touchdown - 2-yard run by Arian Foster.
(Neil Rackers kick). 6:04 remaining.
Houston Touchdown - 28-yard run by Arian Foster.
(Neil Rackers kick). 1:33 remaining.
2nd Quarter
New Orleans Touchdown - 1-yard run by Mark Ingram.
(Garrett Hartley kick). 12:28 remaining.
Houston Field Goal - 49-yarder by Neil Rackers.
8:31 remaining.
New Orleans Touchdown - 56-yard pass from Chase
Daniel to Joe Morgan. (Garrett Hartley kick).
7:10 remaining.
Houston Touchdown - 4-yard run by Ben Tate.
(Neil Rackers kick). 1:56 remaining.
3rd Quarter
Houston Field Goal - 40-yarder by Neil Rackers.
9:14 remaining.
4th Quarter
No scoring.
Final Team Statistics
New OrleansHouston
First downs 23 25
Rushes-yards 27-113 34-208
Passing yards 218 228
Return yards 0 18
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 36-17-1 34-20-0
Punts-Average 5-38.4 3-38.3
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-65 6-60
Time of Possession 27:03 32:57
Individual Statistics
Rushing
New Orleans - P.Thomas 6-33, M.Ingram 7-25, D.Sproles 3-24, P.Cobbs 6-19, C.Taylor 4-13, C.Daniel 1-(-1).
Houston - B.Tate 9-95, C.Ogbonnaya 15-51, A.Foster 5-47, J.Williams 3-18, T.Yates 2-(-3).
Passing
New Orleans - D.Brees 7-14-0, 109 yards. C.Daniel 6-14-1, 127 yards and 1 touchdown. S.Canfield 4-8-0, 50 yards.
Houston - M.Schaub 12-16-0, 163 yards. M.Leinart 8-18-0, 69 yards.
Receiving
New Orleans - J.Graham 2-30, L.Moore 2-28, M.Billings 2-26, A.Arrington 2-23, J.Morgan 1-56, R.Meachem 1-43, P.Cobbs 1-23, P.Thomas 1-15, A.Tanner 1-11, J.Collins 1-10, D.Sproles 1-9, C.Taylor 1-9, M.Colston 1-3.
Houston - A.Johnson 4-100, J.Jones 4-26, J.Dreessen 2-23, J.Casey 2-18, D.Darling 2-14, B.Tate 1-13, D.Dickerson 1-13, K.Walter 1-7, O.Daniels 1-7, A.Foster 1-6, A.Hill 1-5.
 

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