Rookie Matt McGloin impressed when he made the Oakland Raiders opening day roster as the third string quarterback, but on Sunday he impressed many with his ability to lead the Raiders to a huge 28-23 road win against the Houston Texans, keeping hope alive for their slim playoff hopes.
Head coach Dennis Allen wasn’t surprised by the undrafted QB’s performance.
“There was no question in our mind by the third throw (in the initial workout) that he was the guy we wanted to sign,” Allen said. “He has continued to do that since he’s been here. It’s not shocking that he was able to come in here and play the way that he did.”
McGloin made his first NFL start and completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards, including 3 touchdowns against the Texans top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 166 yards before the game. Houston had allowed just 15 passing TD’s through their first nine games.
“It was a great opportunity to be out there today,” McGloin told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity. I’ve been preparing for a while now. My team really supported me. That’s one of the big reasons why I prepared as hard as I could this week.”
Trailing, 28-23, Matt Schaub had the Texans facing a 4th and 2 yards to go on the Oakland 8-yard line, Usama Young broke up a pass play intended for Andre Johnson. Schaub and Johnson were in a heated argument on the sidelines after the failed conversion. Houston dropped to 2-8 and Oakland won their first road game of the season and improved to 4-6.
Neither team was very efficient on third down but the Raiders were a little better as they converted 5-of-18 while the Texans failed on 16-of-18 attempts. However, Oakland was successful on all three of their trips in the Red Zone and Houston failed on all three of visits.
Rashad Jennings had an 80 yard touchdown run with 2:39 left in the third quarter to give the Raiders a 28-17 lead, which was the deciding score of the game. Jennings finished with 150 yards on 22 carries. He has 340 rushing yards in his last three games and has been a capable replacement for Darren McFadden who is out with another hamstring injury.
Scahub replaced Case Keenum in the third quarter when he proved to be ineffective and they were trailing by 11 points. Schaub completed 12 of 25 passes for 155 yards and they were able to move the ball with his leadership.
Running back Ben Tate filled in for the injured Arian Foster and ran for 88 yards on 19 carries. He also caught 4 passes for an additional 29 yards.
-McGloin is the 17th QB to start for Oakland since the beginning of the 2003 season.
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