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NFL: Houston 34, Indianapolis 7

Sept. 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Matt Schaub went 17-of-24 passing for 220 yards and a touchdown Sunday and the Houston Texans humbled Indianapolis 34-7 in the season opener for both teams.

Schaub's four-yard pass to Andre Jobnson late in the second quarter put the Texans (1-0) up 24-0.

Jacoby Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a score less than a minute before halftime while Ben Tate, subbing for the injured Arian Foster, amassed 116 yards on 24 carries, including a two-yard first-quarter TD run.

Indianapolis (0-1) looked overmatched as it played without quarterback Peyton Manning for the first time in 227 games. The signal-caller is still recovering from off-season neck surgery.

Veteran Kerry Collins started in Manning's place and went 16-of-31 for 197 yards with one TD. The 38-year-old was sacked three times in the loss.

Reggie Wayne made seven grabs for 106 yards and a fourth-quarter score for the Colts.

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