1:00 PM ET, November 17, 2013
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Texans Recap
The undrafted free agent threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start and the Raiders extended Houston's franchise-record skid to eight games with a 28-23 victory on Sunday in coach Gary Kubiak's return from a mini-stroke.
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Oakland coach Dennis Allen evaded the question when asked if McGloin would remain the starter when Pryor has recovered from a knee injury.
"Listen, here's what I'm going to do -- I'm going to enjoy this win, all right," Allen said. "We're going to go back and we'll evaluate. But he definitely did a very good job today."
McGloin was 18 of 32 for 197 yards. Houston's Case Keenum, also an undrafted free agent, was benched after Houston's offense stalled in the third quarter.
McGloin threw touchdown passes of 5, 16 and 26 yards to help the Raiders score their most points of the season.
"There is always more to prove and more to do," McGloin said. "I think I got off to a good start, but we will see."
Kubiak wasn't on the sidelines, instead coaching upstairs from the booth on doctor's orders two weeks after collapsing at halftime of Houston's game against Indianapolis.
He benched Keenum for Matt Schaub with Houston trailing by 11 points. Houston cut the lead with two field goals in the fourth quarter and had a chance to take the lead late. But Schaub's pass to Andre Johnson on fourth down from the 8 was broken up in the end zone.
Johnson and Schaub were yelling at each other on the field after the play and the screaming match continued on the sidelines, a clear indication of the frustration on a disappointing team that was supposed to contend for a Super Bowl.
Johnson said the argument came because he "messed up" and didn't finish the play.
"We just exchanged some words," he said. "It's just heat of the moment. Once we came in the locker room, we talked about it, left it alone so I'm not worried about that. Me and Matt have played a lot of football together."
Schaub also brushed off their disagreement.
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"It's just emotions, emotions of the game, a culmination of a lot of things, but stuff we'll keep between us," Schaub said.
Kubiak replaced Keenum with Schaub after Houston's first three drives of the second half all ended in punts. Schaub was terrible early this season and hadn't played since Oct. 13, after he was benched following an injury.
Keenum threw for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Schaub had 155 yards passing.
Kubiak wouldn't say who would start next week.
Houston punted on Schaub's first drive before settling for a 26-yard field goal on the second when the offense stalled after getting a first down at the 10.
A 30-yard field goal cut the lead to 28-23 with about eight minutes remaining.
Rashad Jennings, who was filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, extended Oakland's lead to 28-17 when he plowed over D.J. Swearinger and rumbled 80 yards for a touchdown with 2:26 left in the third quarter. It was the longest run of his career and he finished with 150 yards rushing.
The Raiders regained the lead when Mychal Rivera grabbed a 26-yard touchdown reception to make it 21-17 in the third quarter.
Houston tied it at 14 when Keshawn Martin let a punt bounce off the grass and his chest before scooping it up and dashing 87 yards for a touchdown about three minutes before halftime. It was the longest punt return for a score in franchise history.
Randy Bullock made his first field goal of 50 or more yards with a 51-yarder to give Houston a 17-14 lead just before halftime.
McGloin's first career touchdown came when he hit Denarius Moore on a 5-yard slant to put Oakland up 7-0.
Houston's second miscue came when Keenum threw his first career interception as he was being hit by Stacy McGee. It broke a streak of 105 pass attempts without an interception for Keenum.
The Raiders immediately took advantage of the error when McGloin connected with Rod Streater for a 16-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 14-0.
Former Presidents George H. Bush and George H.W. Bush were on the field before the game and the younger Bush did the coin flip. ... McGloin is the 17th quarterback to start for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season. ... Oakland defensive tackle Daniel Muir and right guard Mike Brisiel both sustained knee injuries and Allen said he'll know more after they have MRIs.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.5|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||0-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||09:26||Denarius Moore 5 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||7||0|
|TD||03:45||Rod Streater 16 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||14||0|
|TD||11:52||Garrett Graham 42 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Randy Bullock Kick)||14||7|
|TD||02:54||Keshawn Martin 87 Yd Punt Return (Randy Bullock Kick)||14||14|
|FG||00:40||Randy Bullock 51 Yd||14||17|
|TD||08:13||Mychal Rivera 26 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||21||17|
|TD||02:26||Rashad Jennings 80 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||28||17|
|FG||12:13||Randy Bullock 26 Yd||28||20|
|FG||08:02||Randy Bullock 30 Yd||28||23|
Rashad Jennings gained 109 rush yards after initial contact this season, most for any player in a game this season. - Jennings had 141 yards after contact on 71 rushes entering this week. - Jennings gained 73 of his yards after contact on his 80-yard touchdown rush. That's the most yards after contact on a single rush this season. - Jennings is just the third player (Adrian Peterson and C.J. Spiller) to gain 100 rush yards after contact in a single game.
Matt McGloin was 14-of-19 for 182 yards and two touchdowns against standard pressure on Sunday, a poor showing by a Houston defense that hasn't recovered from missing Brian Cushing.[+]
Texans Pass Defense with 4 or Fewer Rushers, 2013
From Elias: Matt McGloin is the 2nd player to go undrafted in the common draft era (since 1967) and have 3 TD passes, no interceptions and a win in his first career start. The other was Todd Philcox for the Browns, who did it in 1992 at the Raiders.
From Elias: The Raiders have scored an opening-drive TD in 5 games this year, tied with the Broncos for most in the NFL this season:
Keshawn Martin's 87-yard punt return in the 2nd quarter was the 1st punt return for a touchdown for the Texans since Week 1 of 2011 (vs Colts). Entering today, the Texans had 4 punt return touchdowns since 2001, tied for 20th in the league.
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