The Houston Texans Blow a Late Fourth Quarter Lead as Their Head Coach Leaves the Game at Halftime
The Houston Texans were trying to avoid falling to 2-6 on the year but they knew that would tough as their starting quarterback was making his second career start. That quarterback was University of Houston grad Case Keenum as the team took on the Indianapolis Colts. Their task would get considerably harder as head coach Gary Kubiak would collapse as the team was making their way to the locker room for halftime. He would be taken to a local hospital by ambulance and where he is said to be in the stable condition.
Now as that happened, Houston was forced to find a way to refocus for the second half of their game as they led 21-3 at one point. Keenum (Pictured on the left) would go on to throw three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson that gave them the lead heading into halftime. In the second half, Luck had three touchdowns of his own to receiver T.Y. Hilton while the Texans offense was only able to put up a field goal.
Defensive coordinator Wade Philips would take over as head coach in Kubiak's absence which may have led to the defensive second half collapse. “We made all the big plays in the first half,” Wade Phillips said. “They made the big plays in the second half.” The Colts would go on to score 21 unanswered points to gain their first lead over the Texans with 4:00 remaining in the game. After missing a two-point conversion in the third quarter, Luck successfully found tight end Coby Fleener to give the Colts a 27-24 win over the Texans.
The loss drops the team to 2-6 on the year as Houston has now been beaten in six straight games. They will try and salvage what's left of this season as they head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals this week.