Tex­ans de­feat Ben­gals in first start for Wat­son

The Maui News - - 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.

Wat­son com­pleted 15 of 24 passes for 125 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions, and ran five times for 67 yards. His scor­ing run put Hous­ton (1-1) up 10-3 late in the first half.

Wat­son led a 13-play drive that set up a 42-yard field goal by Ka‘imi Fair­bairn with 1 minute, 56 sec­onds re­main­ing. Cincin­nati (0-2) got the ball two more times, but failed to cross mid­field.

Fair­bairn, a grad­u­ate of Pu­na­hou School who played col­le­giately at UCLA, also made a 26-yard field goal in the first quar­ter.

The Ben­gals got three field goals from Randy Bul­lock — they have failed to score a touch­down in their first two games for the first time in their 50 sea­sons.

The Tex­ans were miss­ing three tight ends due to con­cus­sions, along with re­ceiver Will Fuller V and guard Jeff Allen. They fin­ished with 266 yards of of­fense — 29 fewer than the Ben­gals — but had the ball for 32:15.

Cincin­nati’s Andy Dal­ton fell to 1-6 against Hous­ton, in­clud­ing a pair of play­off losses.

AP photo

De­shaun Wat­son of the Hous­ton Tex­ans looks to pass dur­ing the first half of a 13-9 win over the Cincin­nati Ben­gals on Thurs­day.

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