Wat­son helps Tex­ans beat Ben­gals 13-9 in de­but

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By JOE KAY

CINCIN­NATI — De­shaun Wat­son ran 49 yards for a touch­down in his first NFL start and led the Hous­ton Tex­ans’ de­pleted of­fense to a late clinch­ing field goal in a 13-9 vic­tory over the Cincin­nati Ben­gals on Thurs­day night.

Wat­son showed up in a black tuxedo for his first NFL start — it was his 22nd birth­day, no less — and showed the flash that helped him lead Clem­son to a na­tional ti­tle. He avoided the rush and ran 49 yards for a 10-3 lead late in the first half, dash­ing past be­fud­dled de­fend­ers.

The Tex­ans (1-1) got the most out of their de­pleted of­fense, and then let their de­fense do the rest. The Ben­gals (0-2) have failed to score a touch­down in their two games to open a sea­son for the first time in their 50 sea­sons.

Wat­son led a 13-play drive that set up Ka’imi Fair­bairn’s 42-yard field goal with 1:56 left. The Ben­gals got the ball two more times, but failed to cross mid­field.

Cincin­nati lost to the Ravens 20-0 at Paul Brown Sta­dium on Sun­day, the first time in their his­tory that they opened the sea­son blanked at home. Andy Dal­ton threw four in­ter­cep­tions and lost a fum­ble.

AP PHOTO BY GARY LAN­DERS

Hous­ton Tex­ans quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son smiles af­ter scor­ing a touch­down dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals, Thurs­day, in Cincin­nati.

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