Wat­son runs for TD, leads Tex­ans over Ben­gals 13-9

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CINCIN­NATI (AP) — De­shaun Wat­son showed up in a black tuxedo for his first NFL start. From his snazzy bowtie to his game-turn­ing scramble, he did it all his style.

The rookie ran 49 yards for a touch­down 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.

“I was just try­ing to make a play, I found a hole and broke away,” he said. Yes, it was that easy. Wat­son showed up in a black tuxedo — it was his 22nd birth­day, no less — and showed the flash that helped him lead Clem­son to a na­tional ti­tle last sea­son. He avoided the rush and ran 49 yards for a 10-3 lead late in the first half, dash­ing past be­fud­dled de­fend­ers.

Some birth­day.

“The first start on my birth­day was pretty emo­tional,” said Wat­son, wear­ing a Tex­ans T-shirt to his postgame me­dia avail­abil­ity.

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.

The Ben­gals are the first team since the 1939 Ea­gles to open a sea­son with two home games and fail to get in the end zone, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the Elias Sports Bu­reau shared by ESPN.

“I am shocked,” coach Mar­vin Lewis said.

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, but turned it over near mid­field on a fourth-down com­ple­tion. After a punt, they ran one more play with 2 sec­onds left that didn’t get far.

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.

The Ben­gals man­aged only three field goals by Randy Bul­lock on Thurs­day. Dal­ton fell to 1-6 ca­reer against the Tex­ans, in­clud­ing a pair of play­off losses. He was 20 of 35 for 224 yards with three sacks.

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