Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/23/12

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts on November 29, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Colts won 35-27. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
DENVER -- Matt Schaub outdueled Peyton Manning even as he fought through a physical pounding that cost him a little piece of his ear. Schaub matched a career best by throwing for four touchdown passes, and the Houston Texans held off the Denver Broncos 31-25 Sunday for the first 3-0 start in the team's 10-year history. Shaking off a sack in the end zone that resulted in a safety on his first play along with a big hit in the third quarter that knocked his helmet off and cut his ear, Schaub completed 17 of 30 passes for 290 yards. He also helped Texans coach Gary Kubiak, a onetime Broncos offensive coordinator and a backup in his playing days to Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, reach his 50th career victory. "He's one of the toughest guys I've seen play," said tight end Owen Daniels, who caught Schaub's final touchdown pass. "He was a warrior out there. Sometimes, I don't think he gets enough credit for how tough a guy he is. "He was taking some shots. I didn't see the sh...
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