Gamebook - Broncos vs. Houston

Denver grabs it's third win of the preseason with a 31-17 win over the Houston Texans, Friday night at Invesco Field. Check out all the stats and game notes.

Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans
Invesco Field at Mile High
Denver, Colorado





Denver 0 13 6 12 31
Houston 7 7 3 0 17

Scoring Summary:
HOUSTON - Tony Hollings, 27-yard run DRIVE: 10-Plays, 77-yards, 5:03
DENVER - Quentin Griffin, 6-yard run DRIVE: 12-plays, 68yards, 6:03
HOUSTON - Derick Armstrong, 15-yard pass from David Carr, DRIVE: 4-plays, 76-yards, 1:51
DENVER - Jake Plummer, 1-yard run DRIVE: 10-plays, 85-yards, 5:21
DENVER - Mike Anderson, 11-yard pass from Danny Kanell DRIVE: 9-plays, 80-yards, 6:01
DENVER - Jason Elam, 44-yard field goal, DRIVE: 5-plays, -1-yards, 2:47
DENVER - JasonElam, 23-yard field goal, DRIVEplays, 4-yards, 1:16
DENVER - Triandos Luke, 74-yard pass from Danny Kanell, DRIVE: 1-plays, 74-yards, 0:21

Game Notes:
The Houston Texans come out of the gun quickly, marching 77-yards on their opening possession to grab the first touchdown of the game on a 25-yard run by second-year veteran Tony Hollings. The Broncos defense, which has dominated throughout the first three games seems out of synch, allowing far too many yards on the ground. Dominic Davis seems impressive in his first preseason game of the year for Houston. 

Denver's initial drive finds a 30-yard completion to Darius Watts but stalls after that, leaving a Micah Knorr punt from the Texans' 40-yard line.

The Broncos defense steps up to the challenge on Houston's second drive forcing a chad Stanley punt which Denver takes on it's own 32-yard line. penalties and miscues hound the offense as the first quarter comes to an end. END 1ST QUARTER

The Broncos rebound to score their first touchdown of the game as Quinten Griffen scores on a 6-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. The drive, 12-plays, 68-yards, ate up 6:30 off the clock.

Houston comes out unphased by the Broncos defense, as QB David Carr leads his team on a 76-yard, four play drive to take a 14-7 lead when Derick Armstrong caught Carr's 15-yard pass for a 14-7 lead. The drive ate up 1:53 off the clock.

The see-saw battle continues as Denver, led by quarterback Jake Plummer, marches 85-yards on 10-plays for their second touchdown of the game. The score comes off a bootleg by Plummer from the one-yard line, The extra point failed when Micah Knorr fumbled the snap and Houston maintains a 14-13 second quarter lead. 

Denver's defense comes up strong, holding the Texans to their second three and out of the evening. Broncos punt returner Triandos Luke fields the punt with a 17-yard return, putting Denver at their own 35-yard line. Defensive tack Luther Ellis suffers a strained right shoulder during the second quarter and will not return. 

On 3rd and four from the 40-yard line Plummer overthrows Ashley Lelie and and Denver is forced to punt. Knorr sails the punt to the Texans 11-yard line where Houston takes over.

The Texans fail to capitalize and are forced to punt with 1:24 remaining in the half. Triandos Luke fields the punt with a fair catch on the Broncos 16-yard line and Denver initializes their two-minute offense. Plummer overthrows Darius Watts and Houston's cornerback Demarcus Faggans picked off the pass returning it 9-yards to the Houston's 49-yard line.

The first half comes to a close with Houston leading 14-13. END 2ND QUARTER

The third quarter open up with Adrian Madise taking the kickoff to the Denver 35-yard line.  Penalties force Denver into a three and out and Micah Knorr's punt is fielded by Jabar Gaffney, who returns the kick to the  Houston 34-yard line.

Eight-year veteran Tony Banks takes over for Houston and is intercepted of his first pass of the game as Champ Bailey pulls down a deflected pass, returning it to the 36-yard line.  A defensive illegal contact penalty on Broncos linebacker Al Wilson negates the play and Houston retains possession.  Three plays later the Texans have not advanced and are forced to punt. Denver punt returner Triandos Luke fumbles the ball but recovers his own fumble and Denver takes over on their own 20-yare line.

The Broncos second unit takes over, guided by backup quarterback Danny Kanell who marches the team 80-yards over 9-plays, giving way to running back Mike Anderson who scores his second touchdown in two games, this one from 11-yards out .Denver's two-point conversion fails and the Broncos hold a  19-14 advantage.

Houston rebounds on their next possession with a 26-yard field goal by Kris Brown with .12 seconds left in the third quarter cutting Denver's lead to 19-17. The rain that had fallen throughout the day returned during the final moments of the third quarter, but didn't seem to affect Broncos kick returner Adrian Madise, who took Houston's kick at the two-yard line, returning it 38-yards to give Denver possession on their own 40-yard line. END 3RD QUARTER

Denver second unit defense takes over strong as second-year veteran Bryant McNeal intercepts a Tony Banks pass, leading to a 44-yard Jason Elam field goal, giving Denver a 22-17 lead. Throughout the preseason, kicker Jason Elam has not missed a field goal attempt.

After a Cornelius Anthony recovered fumble the Broncos march downfield for a 23-yard Jason Elam field goal and Denver takes a commanding 25-17 lead. 

Denver sealed the game with a Danny Kanell's second touchdown pass of the game, this one connecting with Triandos Luke for 74-yards, giving Denver a 31-17 lead. END 4TH QUARTER

INJURIES: Mike Andesron leaves the game within the final two minutes of the fourth quarter with what appears to be a pulled groin. Further tests will be performed on Saturday to reveal the extent of the injury, but from all appearences, it may be several weeks before a return to the lineup is possible.

Broncos Final Stats:






J.Plummer 12/22 159 0 1
D. Kanell 6/9 134 2 0
M. Mauck 0/1 0 0 0







M. Anderson 5 29 0 14
Q. Griffin 13 54 1 14
T.Bell 9 23 0 6
D. Watts 1 13 0 13
G. Hearst 1 1 0 1
J. Plummer 2 11 1 10
D. Kanell 1 0 0 0
M. Mauck 1 -2 0 -2

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