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Texans stun Jags for 2nd win

©Associated Press
October 28, 2002

JACKSONVILLE -- The clock ran out Sunday, and Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin thought he had been through the worst.

Then a fan spit on him and called his team pathetic.

Led by a group of former Jaguars, the Texans defeated Coughlin's downtrodden team 21-19.

A trick play on a punt return set up Kris Brown's 45-yard field goal with 2:11 left to give the expansion Texans their first road victory.

"Someone said it was pathetic, and that's where we are right now," Coughlin said after losing his third straight game and dropping to 3-4. "It was pathetic."

Not so for the Texans, who snapped a five-game losing streak and looked at home doing it.

A sign in the northeast end zone said it all: "All our Ex's play in Texas," and on this day, the Jaguars probably wished they had some back.

The Jaguars jettisoned Seth Payne, Gary Walker and Tony Boselli to Houston in the expansion draft to get their salary-cap mess in order in the offseason.

Boselli, the All-Pro left tackle and onetime cornerstone of the Jacksonville franchise, watched from the sideline. He is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

Walker and Payne led Houston's domination of the Jacksonville offensive line.

The Texans held Fred Taylor to 84 yards and the Jaguars gained 290.

"It feels great, not only to come back here and win in Jacksonville, but just to get a win as a team," Walker said.

But of the former Jaguars, maybe ex-defensive coordinator Dom Capers deserves the most credit.

With three minutes left, the Houston coach called for punt returner Jabar Gaffney to throw across the field to Aaron Glenn. Glenn took the lateral and ran 42 yards through open field to the Jacksonville 33. Brown's field goal came four plays later.

Capers said special teams coach Joe Marciano, a former Bucs assistant, asked him if he wanted to run it.

"I said, 'Will it work?' " Capers said. "He said, 'Yes.' So I said, 'Let's run it.' I'm glad he thought of it."

Jacksonville has a three-game losing streak; the optimism from a three-game win streak that preceded it has vanished.

"We got beat, and I don't know how to explain it," cornerback Fernando Bryant said.

Two weeks after a concussion, Mark Brunell doesn't look the same. He was 16-for-34 for 202 yards. On a desperation drive at the end he was sacked twice by linebacker Kailee Wong. Receiver Bobby Shaw was standing within arm's length of the ball on the game-ending Hail Mary, but Marcus Coleman tipped it.

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