Houston (AP) - As good as Mark Sanchez was in his NFL debut, the New York Jets'defense was better.
Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, threw for272 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut, Thomas Jones scoredtwice, and the Jets shut down Houston's high-powered offense in a24-7 win Sunday.
It was easy to see Rex Ryan's stamp on this defense in his firstgame as Jets head coach after leading the Ravens' stingy unit forthe past several years. Houston's offense got past midfield justonce in the first three quarters. The Texans were outgained462-183, Steve Slaton was held to 17 yards rushing and AndreJohnson had 35 yards receiving.
Matt Schaub struggled, too, completing 18 of 33 passes for 166yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the draft, was poised andconfident from the start, often evading the rush to complete keypasses. He completed at least three throws as he was being knockeddown.
His first NFL touchdown came in the second quarter when he foundChansi Stuckey wide open on a 30-yard reception to put the Jets up10-3. After the score, television cameras flashed to a smiling JoeNamath, who watched the game from a luxury suite at ReliantStadium.
That score came after a fumble by Slaton at the end of an18-yard catch and run. Donald Strickland knocked the ball out andit landed in Mike DeVito's hands.
Sanchez's only big mistake came in the fourth quarter. JohnBusing intercepted his pass and immediately fumbled it. Houston'sDominique Barber picked up the ball and ran down the right sideline48 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7 with about 12 minutes leftin the game.
The Jets answered quickly when Jones rumbled 38 yards for atouchdown four plays later.
Sanchez distributed the ball well among several receivers.Jerricho Cotchery finished with six receptions for 90 yards, tightend Dustin Keller had four for 94, and Stuckey had four for 64.
Jones had 107 yards rushing and Leon Washington added 60 to keepthe running game going.
The Jets used an 87-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run byJones to push their lead to 17-0 midway through the third quarter.That score was set up by a 9-yard run by Washington, who took thesnap out of the wildcat formation.
A 24-yard field goal by Jay Feely in the first quarter gave NewYork a 3-0 lead.
Linebacker David Harris led New York's defense, finishing withsix solo tackles and a sack.
The loss continued a Houston streak of futility in Septemberunder coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans are 2-9 in the month and havelost their last six in September.
The few thousand fans who remained when the game ended booedloudly as the last seconds ticked off the clock.
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