Houston 21, Buffalo 9

Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 4, 2012
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Vinovich
ATTENDANCE: 71698

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo 0 6 3 0 9
Houston 7 0 7 7 21

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 3-5 1-2 2-3 L2
Houston 7-1 4-1 3-0 W2

Recap


Texans 21, Bills 9:
Matt Schaub threw a pair of touchdown passes and Arian Foster scored a rushing touchdown for the 10th straight game as host Houston held off stubborn Buffalo. 

The Texans (7-1) had the only touchdown of the first half as Schaub worked the play-action to perfection, finding tight end Owen Daniels all alone for a 39-yard score. The Bills (3-5) cut the deficit to 7-6 late in the first half on a pair of Rian Lindell field goals.

Foster capped a five-play drive to start the second half with a 3-yard run to give AFC-leading Houston a 14-6 lead. Foster finished with 111 yards on 24 carries.

Buffalo surprisingly kept things close and cut the lead to 14-9 on Lindell's third field goal. But Schaub responded with his second touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yarder to Garrett Graham, to put the Texans in control 21-9 with 11:25 left to play.

Schaub finished the day 19-for-27 for 268 yards. Andre Johnson led all receivers with eight catches for 118 yards, the 40th time in his career he's eclipsed the 100-yard mark.

Game notebook:
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 25-for-38 for 239 yards but he lost a fumble in Houston territory in the fourth quarter, ending any Buffalo comeback hopes. ...Bills' DE Mario Williams had one sack in his return to Houston. Williams, who signed a $100 million deal with Buffalo in the offseason, had wrist surgery a week ago. ... J.J. Watt had a sack for Houston, increasing his season total to 10.5.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Buffalo   Houston
C.J. Spiller Player Arian Foster
6 Attempts 24
39 Yards 111
6.5 Avg Yards 4.6
0 Touchdowns 1
22 Long 21
Receiving
Buffalo   Houston
Donald Jones Player Andre Johnson
6 Receptions 8
65 Yards 118
10.8 Avg Yards 14.8
0 Touchdowns 0
19 Long 34

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Buffalo 304 74 230 0 3 0 2.0 0
Houston 374 118 256 3 0 0 4.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Texans have a W/L % of .875 after a win and .875 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against New England. The Bills have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .375 after a loss.