NFL: Texans continue winning ways with 23-17 win over Jets

Houston held off a late comeback bid from the New York Jets to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Houston Texans' running back Arian Foster rushes the New York Jets
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The Houston Texans maintained their perfect start to the season with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets last night.

The Texans improved to 5-0, matching the Atlanta Falcons as the competition's only undefeated teams, while the Jets fell to 2-3, joining Buffalo and Miami one game behind AFC East division-leader New England.

Matt Schaub opened the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels 3:55 into the game but the Jets answered 6:58 later when Mark Sanchez connected with Jeff Cumberland on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

The Texans took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Foster reached the end zone on a 13-yard run.

Houston's Shayne Graham kicked a 27-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter to give the Texans a 17-7 half-time lead, then added a 42-yarder in the third quarter to put the visitors ahead 20-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jets' kick returner Joe McKnight carried the ball back 100 yards for a New York touchdown, trimming Houston's lead to 20-14.

Graham added a 22-yard field goal 13 seconds before the end of the third quarter to give the Texans a 23-14 advantage but Nick Folk kicked a 21-yard field goal for the Jets to lift New York within 23-17 with 11:55 remaining.

The Jets made a late push for a winning touchdown but a deflected Mark Sanchez pass was intercepted by Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson with 1:51 remaining to seal New York's fate.

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