Arian Foster rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Houston Texans beat the New York Jets 23-17 to join the Atlanta Falcons as the only 5-0 teams in the National Football League.
Matt Schaub also threw a touchdown pass and Shayne Graham kicked three field goals for the Texans last night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was the final game of Week 5 of the regular season.
“That’s a good running back, a talented football team and they made some plays,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
Houston beat the Jets for the first time in six meetings and has now outscored its opponents 149-73 this year.
The Jets lost their second straight home game to fall to 2-3 and next host the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 14. The Texans return home to host the Green Bay Packers in Week 6.
Houston took a 17-7 halftime lead as Schaub opened the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels in the first quarter, Foster scored on a 13-yard run in the second quarter and Graham added a 27-yard field goal.
Graham had two more field goals in the third quarter while Joe McKnight scored on a 100-yard kickoff return for New York.
Nick Folk pulled the Jets within 23-17 in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard field goal. Houston’s defense then stiffened, ending New York’s next two possessions with a sack and an interception to hold on for the win.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passed for 230 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. New York finished with 69 rushing yards to 169 for the Texans.
“We got good production out of the run game, more than we have all year,” Foster said. “It’s a good feeling.”