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Titans-Texans Postgame Notes



MURRAY RECORDS 496 SCRIMMAGE YARDS THROUGH FOUR WEEKS:** Starting running back DeMarco Murray led the team with 95 rushing yards on 24 carries, including a pair of touchdown runs.  He added two receptions for 24 yards, giving him 119 scrimmage yards in the game.  It was his third consecutive game with at least 100 scrimmage yards.  Additionally, his 496 scrimmage yards ranks fifth in franchise history by a player in the team's first four games of a season, trailing only Chris Johnson (551 in 2009), Charlie Hennigan (543 in 1963), Sid Blanks (509 in 1964) and Earl Campbell (499 in 1979).


MURRAY SCORES TWICE:** In the second quarter, running back DeMarco Murray scored two rushing touchdowns, becoming the first Titans player to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Shonn Greene in 2013 (Dec. 8 at Denver).  It marked the fourth time in Murray's career he posted two or more rushing touchdowns and the seventh time in his career with two or more total touchdowns in a game (rushing and receiving).  At Houston, Murray reached the end zone on a two-yard run and on a one-yard run, giving him 37 career rushing touchdowns (41 total touchdowns).

MARIOTA TO MATTHEWS FOR 60: In the second quarter, Marcus Mariota connected with wide receiver Rishard Matthews on a 60-yard pass.  It marked the longest reception of Matthews' career, topping a 53-yard touchdown reception as a member of the Miami Dolphins against Houston on Oct. 25, 2015.  The pass was the second-longest of Mariota's career.


MOST PASSING YARDS IN TEAM HISTORY IN A PLAYER'S FIRST 16 STARTS:** Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded the 16th start of his NFL career, completing 13 of 29 passes for 202 yards with an interception against the Texans.  Mariota's 16-game career total of 3,743 passing yards ranks first in franchise history in a player's first 16 starts with the team, eclipsing the previous record holder, George Blanda, who compiled 3,732 passing yards in his first 16 starts with the club from 1960-1961.

WALKER REACHES 350: With a 24-yard reception in the first quarter, Delanie Walker recorded the 350th reception of his 11-year NFL career. He became the 10th active NFL tight end to reach the mark.


WRIGHT RETURNS:** For the first time in the 2016 season, wide receiver Kendall Wright was on the field for the Titans. He missed all of the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season with a hamstring injury, which he suffered early in training camp.  Wright caught two passes for 14 yards in his return at Houston.

WRIGHT PASSES SCAIFE: With a three-yard catch in the second quarter, wide receiver Kendall Wright recorded his 252nd career reception.  In doing so, he passed former tight end Bo Scaife (251) for 13th place on the team's all-time receptions list.

TITANS WIN TIME OF POSSESSION FOR FOURTH TIME: The Titans possessed the ball for 31 minutes and 42 seconds at Houston, winning time of possession for the fourth consecutive game to begin the season.  In their first three contests against Minnesota, at Detroit and against Oakland, respectively, they recorded a time of possession of 30:25, 30:51 and 30:57.


MCCOURTY NOTCHES 12TH CAREER INTERCEPTION:** One play after the Titans committed a turnover in the second quarter, they got the ball back in Texans territory, courtesy of an interception by cornerback Jason McCourty.  McCourty fought off intended receiver DeAndre Hopkins to pick off a pass by Brock Osweiler.  It was McCourty's 12th career interception and his first since Nov. 17, 2014 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Titans scored a touchdown on the subsequent drive.

NINTH CAREER INTERCEPTION FOR COX: In the third quarter, cornerback Perrish Cox intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass that was intended for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.  Cox recorded his second interception of the season and the ninth interception of his career.


ORAKPO'S FOURTH SACK:** Late in the first quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo recorded his fourth sack of the season (51st of his career), dropping Brock Osweiler for a 10-yard loss.  It marked the first occasion in his eight-year career to reach four sacks in the first four games of a season.

SUCCOP'S STREAK: With two field goals in the game, Ryan Succop extended his streak to 22 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014.  He made a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 26-yarder in the third quarter.  His current streak is the best of his career, beating a run of 20 consecutive made attempts from inside 50 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Al Del Greco's franchise record is 24, set from 1995-1996.

MARIANI RECORDS 100TH KICKOFF RETURN WITH TEAM: On his second of four kickoff returns at Houston, Marc Mariani became the sixth player in franchise history to record 100 career kickoff returns.


KERN BOOMS 71-YARD PUNT:** In the first quarter, Brett Kern booted a 71-yard punt, marking his fourth career punt of at least 70 yards. It was his longest punt since a career-long 79-yarder against Indianapolis on Dec. 28, 2014.

JOHNSON, JONES SERVE AS CAPTAINS: Head coach Mike Mularkey made a pair of former Texans captains for the game: center Ben Jones and wide receiver Andre Johnson.  Jones played in Houston from 2012-2015, while Johnson became the club's all-time leading receiver from 2003-2014. Johnson led the Titans against the Texans with three receptions for 33 yards.

DEFENSE LIMITS HOPKINS:  The Titans defense limited Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to four yards on one reception.  The yardage total was the lowest of Hopkins' four-year career, and the game marked only the fifth time he was limited to one catch.

SIMS ACTIVE FOR FIRST TIME: Rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims was active for the first time in his rookie campaign.  The fifth-round pick debuted on special teams.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were cornerback Cody Riggs, linebacker Nate Palmer, guard Sebastian Tretola, wide receiver Harry Douglas, defensive lineman Austin Johnson, and safeties Da'Norris Searcy and Curtis Riley.  Searcy (ankle), Riggs (hamstring) and Palmer (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans in Week 4 action at NRG Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)