Tennessee keeps Houston down in the league's dumps

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005

HOUSTON - Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher wanted to see his young team execute. He got his wish and a nice bonus: his 100th win.

Steve McNair had 220 yards and two touchdowns passing and ran for another score to lead the league's youngest team.

"I'm not thinking about that," Fisher said, downplaying his milestone. "This is No.2, that's what this is all about - getting a second win. ... We've got a lot to go."

McNair surpassed 25,000 yards passing. He is the second player in franchise history and the 49th overall to reach the mark. Warren Moon was the first when the team was still the Houston Oilers.

The Texans continued their downward spiral, scoring one touchdown. They are the league's only winless team and are 0-4 for the first time.

Tennessee led 10-9 early in the third quarter when McNair found Drew Bennett on a 41-yard pass to reach the 25,000-yard mark and get the Titans to the Houston 17.

Two plays later Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton and in just his second game after being elevated from the practice squad, bulled in from 5 yards for his first career touchdown.

NOTABLE: Texans Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson strained his right calf in the first quarter and didn't return.