The Case Keenum era in Houston has officially begun. While this marked his second start, it felt like more of coming out party on Sunday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts – that is until Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton took over.
Keenum connected with Andre Johnson on a 62-yard touchdown pass just 50 seconds into the first quarter to put the Texans up 7-0. The reception marked Johnson’s first TD haul of the season – and it wouldn’t be his last.
Ten minutes later, Johnson grabbed another Keenum pass, this time for a 41-yard score and Houston went up 14-0.
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal with 3:33 left in the half, but Keenum and Johnson connected again with 39 seconds remaining to put Houston up 21-3 headed into the locker room.
In a moment that made football secondary, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed before heading off the field for halftime and had to be taken to the hospital. As of now, there is no update on what happened to the head coach, but the Texans have stated that he did not have a heart attack and that he seems to be doing fine.
After the scary halftime moment, the teams came back out and Vinatieri put the Colts on the board first with a field goal 3 minutes into the third quarter.
Texans kicker Randy Bullock hit a field goal of his own with 4:31 left in the quarter to put the Texans back up by 18 points at 24-12 – but that would be all the scoring Houston could manage the rest of the way.
T.Y. Hilton and Andrew Luck went on a scoring spree. They first connected on a 10-yard haul with 11 seconds left in the third, and came back out in the fourth quarter and connected again on a 58-yard touchdown pass to bring the Colts within 5 points with 9:54 remaining.
Right about 5 minutes later, it was déjà vu all over again as Hilton grabbed another Luck pass to put the Colts up for the first time – and for good – at 27-24.
Houston drove down and attempted a 55-yard field goal that sailed wide left and the Texans fell to 2-6 on the season.
With the win, Indianapolis improved to 6-2 and will return home to take on the St. Louis Rams next Sunday.
Houston travels to Arizona to take on the Cardinals next week.
Andrew Luck 18-40, 271 yards, 3 TDs
Donald Brown 6 carries, 49 yards
T.Y. Hilton 7 receptions, 121 yards, 3 TDs
Case Keenum 20-34, 350 yards, 3 TDs
Ben Tate 22 carries, 81 yards
Andre Johnson 9 receptions, 229 yards, 3 TDs