INDIANAPOLIS — The defense certainly had their fair share of issues in the Houston Texans‘ first win of the season — a 37-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime — but the group came up with a huge stop in overtime with 24 seconds left.
After the Texans tied the game in overtime, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had less than two minutes to drive his team down the field and win the game with a field goal or touchdown.
But on second down, Jadeveon Clowney showed up again, as he had all game. After a Colts penalty, Clowney burst into the backfield to sack Luck for a loss of 10 yards. It was his second sack and fourth quarterback hit of the game.
Clowney’s big game came a few days after he said he was still a little rusty, but he predicted his performance in the Texans’ Week 4 game would “be a lot better.” It certainly was. Clowney also had four tackles for a loss and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
But the Texans had one more stop to make to ensure this game wouldn’t end in a tie. On fourth-and-4, the Colts decided to go for the win from their own 43-yard line. The Texans defended Luck’s fourth-down pass, which set up Deshaun Watson and the offense. Watson hit DeAndre Hopkins for 24 yards, which gave kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn the chance to win the game with a 37-yard field goal.
Luck finished the game 40-of-62 for 464 yards and four touchdowns and the Colts scored 24 points in the second half and overtime.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Texans finally a much-needed victory, led by their defense.