Texans 28, Vikings 24
Houston coach Gary Kubiak was evasive when asked if Trindon
Holliday had finally secured a roster spot.
It’s safe to say he will be after his third kick return for a
touchdown in four games this preseason.
The former LSU track star brought back a punt 76 yards for a
touchdown in the third quarter and Justin Forsett rushed for 114
yards in the Texans’ 28-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the
exhibition finale Thursday night at Reliant Stadium, where a fan
was taken to a Houston hospital after falling from an
A statement issued by officials of Reliant Park, where the
stadium is situated, said nothing about the fan’s condition.
The 5-foot-5 Holliday also returned a kickoff 87 yards in the
preseason opener at Carolina and a punt 90 yards for a score
against San Francisco before fumbling twice against New Orleans
last week. Teams trim their rosters to 53 players on Friday, and
Holliday still wasn’t sure if he convinced Kubiak to keep him.
”You’re asking me to say that now? Nobody has made it,” Kubiak
said. ”We’re not finished yet. He’s made a heck of a case for
Holliday knew he had to shine before training camp began.
”The plan was just to come out and just make plays and show the
team that I can be a special guy,” Holliday said.
Jordan Todman rushed for 114 yards, including a 76-yard
touchdown for Minnesota. Jarius Wright caught six passes for 122
yards, including a touchdown for the Vikings. Devin Aromashodu also
caught a TD pass for the Vikings.
Minnesota punted after its first possession of the second half.
Holliday made a quick move, broke a tackle and easily outran
Minnesota’s pack of defenders, slowing down in his final strides.
Holliday hopes he gets a chance to show he can do it in the regular
”It hasn’t been a secret, you know,” Holliday said. ”It’s
just being smart about everything and just coming out and working
”I think I can consistently do it.”
In the second half, backup quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson
and Case Keenum got their last chances to impress coaches.
Bethel-Thompson, an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State
in 2011, went 15 for 29 for 193 yards with a touchdown and an
interception for the Vikings in his first action since the
preseason opener. Keenum, an undrafted rookie who set NCAA passing
records at the University of Houston, went 5 for 10 for 43
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier needed to sort out the depth at
running back behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. Matt Asiata
had six carries for 45 yards and Lex Hilliard carried seven times
for 33 in the first half, and Todman started Minnesota’s first
series of the second half.
Peterson is recovering from major left knee surgery.
”I think he’ll probably be a `game-time’ decision,” Frazier
said of Peterson’s likely availability for the opener against
Jacksonville. ”We’ve got a lot of things we want to get done with
him this week, and I doubt that we would know without getting him
through an entire week, if we thought he was ready to play a
Joe Webb started for Minnesota and went 4 for 7 with 22 yards
rushing on two carries in two series. Blair Walsh atoned for an
earlier miss with a 36-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
Houston starter John Beck found Lestar Jean for a 27-yard gain
when the Texans regained possession. He threw behind Jean in the
end zone from the Minnesota 5, and the Vikings stopped Forsett at
the goal line on fourth down. Tackle Rashad Butler, who lost the
starting job to Derek Newton, tore his right triceps during that
series. Kubiak said Butler is out for the season.
On Houston’s next play from scrimmage, Beck was hit as he
completed a short pass to DeVier Posey, who broke two tackles and
sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown, the breakthrough play coaches
have been waiting to see from him. Posey later fumbled after a hit
in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels faced heavy pressure
in the second period, and was sacked twice. He took another hit as
he found Aromashodu across the middle late in the half, and
Aromashodu bounced off Troy Nolan and ran for a 58-yard
Bethel-Thompson made a case for himself after Holliday’s big
return, floating a perfect pass to Wright for a 59-yard touchdown.
He started 3 for 4, and the incompletion bounced off Stephen
NOTES: Frazier said Wright sprained his left ankle. … The
Vikings were minus-3 in turnovers through the first three preseason
games, and Reggie Jones’ fumbled punt set up Forsett’s second
touchdown run. … Minnesota finished with 562 total yards. …
Posey, a third-round draft pick, had two catches in the game. …
Beck finished 6 for 10 for 149 yards. … The Vikings and Texans
meet again in the regular season, at Reliant Stadium on Dec.
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