HOUSTON (AP) – Randy Moss has yet to show flash or find the end zone. In the meantime, Doug Gabriel did plenty of both for the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night.

Gabriel scored two first-quarter touchdowns and the Raiders’ starting offense moved the ball at will in the first half before the Texans rallied to win the preseason game 19-17 on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals of 53 and 46 yards by Kris Brown. The winner came with eight seconds left.

Moss, meanwhile, had another quiet game, catching two passes for 23 yards in the first half. The only ball thrown to him near the end zone was intercepted, and he has yet to score since putting on the Raiders’ silver-and-black uniform after his trade from Minnesota.

Gabriel, the all-but-forgotten wide receiver in an offense that should feature Moss and Jerry Porter catching passes, beat Texans cornerback Demarcus Faggins for both scores.

On the first, Gabriel leaped over Faggins from behind to grab the ball out of his hands in the end zone. On the second, he slipped past Faggins on a deep route, put out both hands in a stretch for the pass from Kerry Collins and cruised 70 yards for the TD that made it 14-7.

Gabriel started six games and caught 33 passes for 551 yards and two touchdowns last season. He got the start Saturday as Porter missed his second game with hamstring problems. Porter was the Raiders’ leading receiver last season with 64 catches for 998 yards and nine TDs.

Moss’ move from Minnesota had generated plenty of headlines, including his recent interview with HBO in which he talked about past marijuana use seemed to indicate he still smokes occasionally, despite the NFL policy banning its use.

His play on the field this preseason has yet to create so much interest. He caught one pass in the Raiders’ first preseason game.

Moss was covered much of the half by former Raider Phillip Buchanon, who was traded to the Texans before this year’s draft. A first-round pick in 2002, Buchanon was supposed to give the Raiders a bookend corner to match All-Pro Charles Woodson, but his relationship with the team deteriorated rapidly and he asked to be traded.

But with Gabriel getting open so often, Collins didn’t have to find Moss on every play.

The interception was Collins’ only real misfire. He went 14-of-18 for 191 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders rolled up 265 total yards in the first half. Collins didn’t play in the second half.

The Texans got a solid, if only brief, outing from quarterback David Carr, who was hobbled all week with an inflamed left Achilles’ tendon.

He seemed fine Saturday night, completing 6 of 8 for 43 yards and a touchdown on the Texans’ opening drive, his only snaps of the game. He showed no sign of a gimpy leg, scrambling for six yards early in the drive and running out of the pocket to avoid two pass rushers several plays later. He rolled to his right before hitting Reggie Swinton with a 2-yard TD that tied the game 7-7.

The Raiders could have held off the Texans’ rally, but kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed field goal attempts of 52 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter.

AP-ES-08-20-05 2321EDT


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