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Succop kicks 31-yard field goal as Titans edge Texans 20-17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee played without its starting quarterback and top three offensive tackles against J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and the rest of Houston's challenging defense.

Mike Vrabel and his assistants responded with a few timely tricks for the Titans.

Ryan Succop kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:00 left, and the battered Titans held off the Texans 20-17 on Sunday for Vrabel's first victory as an NFL head coach against the team he worked for the past four seasons.

Succop also kicked a tying 42-yarder in the fourth quarter as Tennessee (1-1) delivered with quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline.

''It's a huge win,'' Titans quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. ''Getting Vrabes his first win as a head coach was awesome. And this team had a lot of adversity throughout the week. The guys fought their way to this win. I'm just extremely proud of those guys.''

Deshaun Watson and Houston had the ball last. With 17 seconds left, Watson ran around the field looking for a receiver. He found DeAndre Hopkins for a 31-yard completion to the Tennessee 21, but time expired before the Texans could run another play.

''We tried to take a shot,'' Watson said. ''We didn't have any timeouts, and they guarded the sideline very well. My instincts took over and tried to get the ball and time ran out.''

Houston coach Bill O'Brien said they were trying to get in field goal range to force overtime.

''We've got to do a better job of coaching that play up,'' O'Brien said.

Gabbert, starting for his fourth different NFL team, threw for 117 yards and a touchdown.

With Mariota sidelined by an elbow injury that created numbness in his throwing hand, Vrabel and the Titans (1-1) got creative. They dipped into the playbook and used some wildcat with Derrick Henry on offense, and All-Pro safety Kevin Byard set an NFL record when he tossed a 66-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt.

Tennessee allowed only one sack to Houston (0-2), which was missing a couple defensive starters in linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and end Christian Covington. The Titans came up with four sacks and an interception.

Watson threw for 310 yards and two TDs as Houston outgained Tennessee 437-283 in total offense.

On Tennessee's opening drive, Byard hit a wide-open Dane Cruikshank down the right sideline. Byard's TD pass was the longest by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era , easily topping the mark set by Rams defensive back Ed Meador on Nov. 19, 1967.

On the next drive, the Titans went with the wildcat with Henry before Gabbert finished the drive with a screen pass to Taywan Taylor, who went 18 yards for the TD and a 14-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.

Titans cornerback Adoree Jackson got his first interception in the NFL, beating Hopkins for the ball in the end zone.

MISSING PASS RUSH

The Titans threw only 20 passes. Texans star J.J. Watt went against right tackle Tyler Marz, signed from the Titans' practice squad Saturday and making his NFL debut. Watt had two tackles for loss but no quarterback hits. The Texans finished with one sack on defense with two quarterback hits.

FAKE PUNT

Byard credited Vrabel with telling him before the game not to second-guess himself and just run the fake if he saw the Titans' gunner uncovered on the outside.

''He put the trust in me man, and I really appreciate that,'' Byard said.

INJURIES

The Titans played without two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, who is recovering from a concussion. Right tackle Jack Conklin has yet to return after tearing a ligament in his left knee in January. Dennis Kelly, who had replaced Conklin, was out with an illness.

The Titans started Kevin Pamphile, a free-agent signee in March, at left tackle.

Titans running back David Fluellen hurt a groin muscle in the first quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Texans: Home opener against the New York Giants.

Titans: A second straight AFC South opponent with a trip to Jacksonville.

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Key Players
D. Watson 4 QB
310 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, 44 RuYds
26
FPTS
D. Cruikshank 29 DB
TD, 66 Yds
12
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:05
R.Succop 31 yard field goal is GOOD Center-B.Brinkley Holder-B.Kern.
12
plays
62
yds
5:41
pos
17
20
Field Goal 9:48
R.Succop 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-B.Brinkley Holder-B.Kern.
8
plays
51
yds
3:42
pos
17
17
Point After TD 13:25
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 13:25
D.Watson pass deep left to W.Fuller for 39 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
70
yds
1:43
pos
16
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:44
K.Fairbairn 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
9
plays
36
yds
4:00
pos
10
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:58
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 0:58
D.Watson pass deep middle to D.Hopkins for 28 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
53
yds
2:30
pos
6
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:35
R.Succop extra point is GOOD Center-B.Brinkley Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 0:35
B.Gabbert pass short left to T.Taylor for 18 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
56
yds
4:35
pos
0
13
Point After TD 9:51
R.Succop extra point is GOOD Center-B.Brinkley Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:51
K.Byard pass deep right to D.Cruikshank for 66 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
84
yds
2:14
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:38 30:22
1st Downs 21 15
Rushing 6 7
Passing 13 7
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-11 5-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-2
Total Net Yards 437 283
Total Plays 62 57
Avg Gain 7.0 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 148 100
Rush Attempts 26 34
Avg Rush Yards 5.7 2.9
Net Yards Passing 289 183
Comp. - Att. 22-32 15-22
Yards Per Pass 9.0 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-21 1-8
Penalties - Yards 11-88 8-70
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-35.5 5-47.2
Return Yards 25 2
Punts - Returns 4-25 1-2
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/4 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 1/2 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texans 0-2 073717
Titans 1-1 1400620
289 PASS YDS 183
148 RUSH YDS 100
437 TOTAL YDS 283
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
26
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 310 2 1 107.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 486 3 2 84.5
D. Watson 22/32 310 2 1 26
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Miller 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 68 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 166 0
L. Miller 14 68 0 18 6
D. Watson 4 QB
26
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 84 0
D. Watson 5 44 0 15 26
A. Blue 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 72 1
A. Blue 7 36 0 8 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
W. Fuller 15 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 113 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 113 1
W. Fuller 9 8 113 1 39 17
D. Hopkins 10 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 6 110 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 188 1
D. Hopkins 11 6 110 1 31 17
B. Ellington 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 82 1
B. Ellington 3 3 45 0 23 4
J. Akins 88 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 32 0
J. Akins 2 2 21 0 13 2
R. Griffin 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 19 0
R. Griffin 1 1 19 0 19 1
L. Miller 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 13 0
L. Miller 2 2 2 0 4 6
J. Thomas 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 27 0
J. Thomas 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
Z. Cunningham 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 0.0
Z. Cunningham 6-3 0.0 0 0
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
J. Watt 4-2 0.0 0 1
J. Reid 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Reid 4-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
K. Jackson 3-3 0.0 0 0
B. Dunn 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
B. Dunn 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Cole 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
D. Cole 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Scarlett 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Scarlett 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 2.0
D. Reader 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
T. Mathieu 2-0 0.0 0 0
W. Mercilus 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
W. Mercilus 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
D. Ejiofor 2-1 1.0 0 0
A. Colvin 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
A. Colvin 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Blackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
J. Joseph 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. McKinney 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
B. McKinney 1-4 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Peters 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/4 4/4
K. Fairbairn 1/2 34 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 39.4 5
T. Daniel 4 41.0 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ervin 21 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 6.3 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.5 11 0
T. Ervin 4 6.3 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Gabbert 7 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 117 1 0 97.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 234 1 1 70.9
B. Gabbert 13/20 117 1 0 10
K. Byard 31 DB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 66 1 0 158.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 66 1 0 158.3
K. Byard 1/1 66 1 0 8
D. Henry 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 8 0 0 100.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 8 0 0 100.0
D. Henry 1/1 8 0 0 5
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Henry 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 82 0
D. Henry 18 56 0 9 5
D. Lewis 33 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 117 1
D. Lewis 14 42 0 13 4
B. Gabbert 7 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
B. Gabbert 2 2 0 1 10
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cruikshank 29 DB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 66 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 66 1
D. Cruikshank 1 1 66 1 66 12
C. Davis 84 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 117 0
C. Davis 7 5 55 0 18 5
T. Taylor 13 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 32 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 32 1
T. Taylor 4 3 32 1 18 9
L. Stocker 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 52 0
L. Stocker 2 2 15 0 11 1
T. Sharpe 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 31 0
T. Sharpe 2 1 14 0 14 1
R. Matthews 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 8 0
R. Matthews 4 2 8 0 4 0
D. Lewis 33 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 36 0
D. Lewis 1 1 1 0 1 4
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Butler 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 1 0.0
M. Butler 7-0 0.0 0 0
K. Byard 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
K. Byard 7-0 0.0 0 0
A. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 1 0.0
A. Jackson 6-0 0.0 1 0
W. Woodyard 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 0.0
W. Woodyard 5-3 0.0 0 0
K. Vaccaro 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 1 0.0
K. Vaccaro 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Casey 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 2.0
J. Casey 4-1 2.0 0 1
L. Ryan 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 1.0
L. Ryan 4-0 1.0 0 0
K. Correa 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 2.0
K. Correa 3-2 1.0 0 0
J. Brown 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Brown 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Morgan 91 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Morgan 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Orakpo 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
B. Orakpo 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Compton 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
W. Compton 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Trawick 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Trawick 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Brinkley 48 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Brinkley 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Cruikshank 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Cruikshank 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Johnson 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Logan 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
B. Logan 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Succop 4 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
4/4 4/4
R. Succop 2/2 42 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kern 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 52.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 48.9 5
B. Kern 5 52.2 1 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 25 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 14.0 26 0
A. Jackson 1 2.0 2 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 2:55 5 8 Punt
9:51 HOU 25 4:41 8 39 FG Miss
0:35 HOU 25 3:21 7 38 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:54 HOU 12 1:18 3 9 Punt
3:28 HOU 47 2:30 6 53 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 HOU 4 5:08 10 58 Punt
6:39 HOU 48 4:00 9 36 FG
0:08 HOU 30 1:43 5 70 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:43 HOU 25 3:02 6 38 Punt
1:00 HOU 25 1:00 5 54 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:05 TEN 16 2:14 5 84 TD
5:10 TEN 44 4:35 9 56 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 TEN 20 3:20 6 19 Punt
7:36 TEN 22 4:08 7 -9 Punt
0:58 TEN 25 0:58 3 9 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEN 25 1:35 3 6 Punt
8:15 TEN 5 1:38 3 5 Punt
2:39 TEN 25 2:31 3 -8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 TEN 25 3:42 8 51 FG
6:41 TEN 25 5:41 12 62 FG