Texans Triumph Over Broncos

Son, pupil topple Shanahan
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 12:09 AM CST
Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams (90) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler during the third quarter of a football game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 in Houston. The Texans beat the Broncos...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite making it close late in the third quarter, the master had no answer for his pupils, as the Texans toppled the Broncos last night, 31-13, the Denver Post reports. The game pitted Broncos' head coach Mike Shanahan against not only his former offensive coordinator--Texans' coach Gary Kubiak--but also his son, Kyle Shanahan, who is Houston's quarterback coach.

Denver's anemic offense was in marked contrast to Houston's efficiency, despite similar playbooks. Ron Dayne rushed for a touchdown for the Texans, and Andre Johnson had 86 yards in the air, including a touchdown pass from the hands of journeyman quarterback Sage Rosenfels. The loss places Denver's record at 6-8, all but eliminating any hopes for a playoff spot.