Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/12

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans offensive wasn't quite as explosive as expected, but it didn't matter with the defense delivering four consecutive turnovers in the second quarter to help pave the way for their 30-10 win over Miami during Sunday's season opener at Reliant Stadium.

The Texans defense forced four turnovers -- three off interceptions by Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill -- in which the offense turned into 24 unanswered points in the first half to set the stage for a season-opening win in front of 71,566.

Tannehill threw interceptions on three consecutive drives during the second quarter to help the Texans take a 24-3 lead into halftime. Houston, which tied franchise records for interceptions in a half and points in the second quarter, cruised from there on a day when running back Arian Foster and company struggled to find consistency.

Tannehill was responsible for three of the turnovers on three straight interceptions on successive drives. Two of the picks were as a result of deflections at the line of scrimmage by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The Texans went ahead 17-3 with 43 seconds remaining in the half when Foster ran in from two yards out for his second touchdown of the day. The touchdown came just two plays and 27 yards after cornerback Kareem Jackson picked off Tannehill on Watt's second deflection.

Then when conventional wisdom suggested the Dolphins take a knee, go into halftime and regroup Miami (0-1) turned the ball over with 28 seconds left in the half when running back Daniel Thomas fumbled away the ball on first down and safety Daniel Manning recovered the ball at the Miami 31.

It took the Texans (1-0) just three plays and 21 seconds before quarterback Matt Schaub found receiver Andre Johnson in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the half.

The Texans offense, which had struggled during the first quarter, got its 24 second-quarter points as a result of the turnovers and short fields.

After not getting quite the result they hoped on the first Tannehill interception, the Texans cashed in big on the second pick when Foster raced in from 14 yards out for the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, putting Houston ahead 10-3 with 1:53 left to play in the first half.

The touchdown came seven plays and 54 yards after Tannehill threw his second interception. Texans linebacker intercepted the ball after Watt deflected it at the line of scrimmage.

The Texans blew a touchdown opportunity after Jonathan Joseph return a Tannehill interception 36 yards to the Miami 14 and an unnecessary roughness penalty put Houston within seven yards of the end zone late in the second quarter. But the Texans went backwards on four plays and had to settle for a 35-yard Shayne Graham field goal that tied the game 3-3 with 6:12 left in the first half.

The Texans offense returned to its struggling ways through much of the second half and was forced to settle on two Shayne Graham field goals to build on their lead. Graham converted a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter after the Texans drive stalled at the Miami 1 to go up 30-10.

In the third quarter, the Texans had settle for a 40-yard field goal by Graham to take a 27-10 lead with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Dolphins bounced back from an awful second quarter with Marcus Thigpin's 72-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13:12 remaining in the third quarter. Thigpin found a crease and raced past the coverage on Donnie Jones' 49 yard punt.

The Dolphins struck first, going up 3-0 on a Dan Carpenter 39-yard field goal during their second offensive possession of the first quarter.

Bush had a couple impressive runs to put the Dolphins in scoring position on the drive but it was his fumble that forced the field goal attempt.

Notes: Texans rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey, who was the third round pick out of Ohio State, was not activated for the game. ... Also among the inactive players for the Texans were third-string quarterback Johnson Beck, rookie guard Brandon Brooks, outside linebacker Bryan Braman and cornerback Brandon Harris. ... Dolphins rookie linebacker Sammy Brown, a former standout at the University of Houston, was inactive for the game. ... Tannehill, making his NFL debut, was 9 of 18 for 114 yards with three interceptions in the first half. ... The Texans three interceptions in the second quarter tied a franchise record for interceptions in a half. The Texans recorded three interceptions against Tampa Bay last season. ... Texans kicker Shayne Graham saw his 52-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter fall short. ... Texans receiver Andre Johnson went over 100 yards receiving on a 29-yard reception early in the fourth quarter that helped set up Graham's 19-yard field goal. Johnson had eight catches for 119 yards a touchdown at that point to secure the 39th 100-yard receiving day of his career. ... Miami running back Daniel Thomas sustained a head injury on the fumble-jarring hit by safety Glover Quin at the end of the first half and did not return to the game.


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