49ers fall to Texans, two running backs carted off field

8:50 PM, Aug 18, 2012   |    comments
Houston Texans linebacker Mister Alexander (54) tackles San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James (23) in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
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HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Lestar Jean, Trindon Holliday returned a punt for another score and Houston's defense stifled San Francisco in the Texans' 20-9 win over the 49ers on Saturday night. 

Schaub completed 11 of 14 passes for 128 yards in two quarters, looking sharp in his second game since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last season. The 5-foot-5 Holliday, who returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score in the Texans' preseason opener, scored in the fourth quarter.

The Texans held the 49ers to 267 yards and 13 first downs. Alex Smith completed 5 of 9 passes for 49 yards for the 49ers (No. 4). He was sacked twice by the Texans' first-string defense

Meanwhile, San Francisco running back Brandon Jacobs injured his left knee in the first quarter.

Jacobs was injured when he was hit by Kareem Jackson at the end of an 8-yard run late in the first quarter. Jacobs remained on the turf for several minutes while trainers talked with him. He was helped to his feet and hopped off the field on his right leg before being placed on a cart and taken to the locker room.

There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

Rookie running back LaMichael James was also carted off the field with an ankle injury.

















Associated Press

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