Houston's secondary couldn't contain Terrell Owens as the Dallas Cowboys outscored the Texans 6-34 and evened the series rivalry to 1-1. Owens had 5 receptions on the day – 3 of which were touchdowns.
The Texans looked very good in the first half allowing 0 sacks and committing 0 penalties. QB David Carr led the Texans offense all the way to the 1 yard line on the first drive of the game, only to have to settle for a Kris Brown field goal. The Texans got another 3 points courtesy of Brown in the 2nd quarter and held a 3 point lead at the end of the first half.
Unfortunately for Houston, those would be the only two scores of the day for them.
The 3rd quarter put Dallas on top of Houston with two TD receptions by the always entertaining and controversial T.O. Owens (6-3, 224) had 5 receptions for a total of 45 yards and the majority of the Cowboys' points.
It was even worse for Houston in the 4th quarter as Dallas put 17 more points on the board ending any hopes of a Texan comeback.
The Texans didn't show anything competitive offensively throughout the game, but especially after halftime. Carr completed just 55% of his passes on the day going 15/27 for 128 yards and throwing 2 interceptions. WR Andre Johnson led the Texans with 9 receptions for 75 yards and DB Phillip Buchanon returned a punt for 45 yards.
The Texans continued to struggle with their own running game creating only 34 yards of offense on the ground. Carr was the leading rusher for the Texans with a total of 15 yards.
The in-state rivalry between these two teams is now tied 1-1. The Texans won the first meeting in the franchise's inaugural game in 2002 by a score of 10-19.