OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Houston Texans didn’t complete a pass in the second half, finished the game with negative yards passing and somehow found a way to win.

That’s what happens when you play the Oakland Raiders.

Demarcus Faggins scored on a 58-yard fumble return and Houston used two long returns and a pair of fumbles by Randal Williams to set up 16 more points in the second half of a 23-14 victory over Oakland on Sunday.

In a season full of ugly losses by the Raiders (2-10), this one gets its own special place. In the first game since John Shoop took over the play-calling duties from Tom Walsh, Oakland turned the ball over five times, missed three field goals, allowed five sacks and had only one offensive score.

Scary thing is, Houston’s offense might have been even worse.

David Carr finished 7-of-14 for 32 yards, failing to complete a pass in the final 32 minutes. He was sacked five times for 37 yards, leaving Houston with negative-5 yards passing – their fewest ever and the fewest allowed by the Raiders.

About the only thing working for the Texans (4-8) on offense was handing the ball to Ron Dayne, who had 83 of his 95 yards rushing in the second half.

AP-ES-12-03-06 1917EST


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