Texans Prevail In Preseason Opener

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: August 12, 2008

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans won their first preseason game 19-16 over the Denver Broncos and they will now prepare to face Reggie Bush and the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

There were a lot of positives but one very disappointing thing. It was bad to see veteran running back Ahman Green pull his groin on the very first offensive play of the game. He is listed as day to day.

Back-up quarterback Sage Rosenfels continued his consective streak of throwing a touchdown in every preseason game that he has played, connecting with receiver David Anderson. He continues to make a pitch to be the starter and not the back-up.

The first-team defense line of Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Morlon Greenwood, Fred Bennett, Amobi Okoye and the other starters held their own in limited action on the field.

The highlight of the game had to be when punter Matt Turk faked a punt and ran for what was thought to be a potential first down. He came just inches short.

Rookie running back Steve Slaton looked well and was the workhorse in the closing minutes of the game, which helped to set up the winning field goal by kicker Kris Brown with no time remaining.


This was a homecoming for former University of Texas running back Selvin Young who went to Jersey Village High School. Young, who only had to buy 12 tickets for his family, made his only appearance of the season against the Texans.

“It feels real good to be home,” Young said. “It’s a blessing just to get a chance to be part of my home city.” Young, who’s in his second season with the Broncos, was signed as a undrafted free agent.

Despite the fact that he is now the starting running back, he doesn’t forget where he came from and what it has taken to get him there. “I want to remain humble, stay positive, and continue to have a great work ethic,” Young stated.

“It stays with me that I was undrafted, so I feel like I have to go out and prove myself every game. I want to be a complete back in the NFL and if I can do that the sky is the limit for me!”


Former University of Houston Cougars athlete Anthony Alridge shed his old Cougar Red for an orange, blue and white Denver Broncos uniform as he made his first return trip as a player in the National Football League.

“I am so excited to be back in Houston,” Alridge said. “I was hoping to break one and try to get in the end zone, but it didn’t happen for me.”

Alridge, a native of Fort Worth, finished his career at Houston ranked sixth in school history with 2,595 rushing yards. He also totaled the fourth-most career all-purpose yards in Houston Cougars history, averaging a school-record 9.4 yards per play.