Broncos down Texans in opener 20-12

Jake Plummer's debut was a successful one, as the Denver Broncos downed the Houston Texans in their first preseason game. Plummer completed three passes for 47 yards on a drive ending in a 12 yard touchdown toss to Chris Cole (in photo) in the first quarter.

Plummer, Broncos make it look easy -
HOUSTON (Aug. 9, 2003) -- Jake Plummer made it look easy, a rare feat in his NFL career. Plummer, who landed in Denver this offseason after six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cole and looked comfortable in the Broncos' 20-12 victory over the Houston Texans.

Game Stats -

Jackson to stake his claim -
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003
BRONCOS 7 3 3 7 20
TEXANS 3 3 6 0 12

As the Broncos took the field for the preseason opener they did so without Steve Beuerlein, George Foster, Daryl Gardener, Quentin Griffin, Patrick Hape, Kyle Johnson, Ed McCaffrey, John Mobley, Deltha O'Neal and Ephraim Salaam. Ashley Lelie started in place of McCaffrey, Jashon Sykes played for Mobley and Kelly Herndon replaced O'Neal. The retractable roof that sits on top of Reliant Stadium was closed for the evening.

Notebook: King Cole's Happy Return - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 9, 2003 - HOUSTON -- As one of the Broncos' cadre of a dozen Texas natives, wide receiver Chris Cole was particularly giddy about the trip to Houston -- so much that even the heat and humidity that plagued the city during the week didn't bother him; he shrugged it off as a part of playing in Texas, something he knew well from growing up in Orange, Tex. and matriculating at Texas A&M.

Plummer's Debut: Just One Game, But Just What Broncos Wanted - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 9, 2003 - HOUSTON -- One game isn't enough to judge success or failure of perhaps the most significant free-agent signing in Broncos history. One quarter of the first preseason game isn't enough to judge Jake Plummer in a Broncos uniform. Twelve plays aren't enough to show whether the arrival of the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback will propel the Broncos back to the promised land of the Super Bowl.

Broncos, Plummer shine in preseason win - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 9, 2003 - HOUSTON - - It was only one drive, in one meaningless preseason game, but Jake Plummer was everything the Denver Broncos had advertised Saturday night.The quick-footed quarterback, getting a new lease on life after six rollercoaster seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, showed the mobility that was lacking under exiled starter Brian Griese.

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