Browns Run Over in Houston

Errors, a lack of offense and poor tackling only compounded the Browns issues against a good Houston Texans team in 30-12 defeat.

Houston (AP) -- The Texans again turned to their potent running game and fast-improving defense to win another game without Andre Johnson.

Arian Foster rushed for 124 yards, Ben Tate ran for 115 and both scored touchdowns in the Texans' 30-12 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The Texans (6-3) finished with a franchise-record 261 rushing yards and had a pair of 100-yard rushers for the second time in three games. They moved three games over .500 for the first time, and have now won three in a row without Johnson, who's missed five games with a right hamstring injury.

The Browns (3-5) totaled 172 yards, the third straight opponent the Texans have held under 200.

Colt McCoy, making his first NFL start back in the state where he starred in college, was sacked four times and completed only 14 passes for 146 yards with an interception.

He got little support from former Texas teammate Chris Ogbonnaya, who started in place of injured running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty sidelined. Ogbonnaya fumbled on his first carry, and finished with 28 yards on 13 carries.

The Texans scored on their opening series for the sixth time this season when Tate weaved his way through the Browns' defense for a 27-yard touchdown run.

The Browns' 25th-ranked offense was inept early, with Ogbonnaya losing the ball on Cleveland's first play from scrimmage. Defensive end J.J. Watt recovered at the Browns 28, and Schaub scrambled for another score for a 14-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

Joshua Cribbs delivered Cleveland's biggest play of the half, a 63-yard kickoff return. He was flagged for grabbing Brice McCain's facemask, though, and the Browns settled for Phil Dawson's 50-yard field goal.

The Browns have scored only six points in the first quarter this season.

Houston's final rushing total surpassed the team record, set in last year's opener against Indianapolis, when Foster rushed for 231 yards by himself.

Tate and Foster traded carries in this one, with each breaking his share of long runs.

Tate started a series with a 24-yard run into Cleveland territory. Tate had a nine-yard run before Foster stiff-armed cornerback Sheldon Brown on a 19-yard touchdown with 8:06 left in the first half.

Texans safety Quintin Demps intercepted McCoy on the second-to-last play of the half, setting up Neil Rackers' 28-yard field goal that made it 24-3.

McCoy was sacked twice and Cleveland's offense produced 70 yards in the first half. Rookie outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who's replaced the injured Mario Williams, sacked McCoy again early in the third quarter.

Foster started Houston's next drive with a 27-yard run to go over 100 yards for the 13th time in his career. The Texans used seven minutes on the march, and Rackers kicked a 21-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 27-3.

Dawson and Rackers added field goals to make it 30-6, and McCoy finally got the Browns moving with a 20-yard pass to Cribbs in the fourth quarter.

McCoy took a hard hit from Reed after throwing a 24-yard pass to Greg Little to the Houston 5, and McCoy found Cribbs for a touchdown with 4:51 left. Nose tackle Shaun Cody intercepted McCoy on the 2-point conversion attempt.

The Browns finished with 10 first downs.


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