HOUSTON (WKRN) – DeMarco Murray scored 2 touchdowns but they were not enough as the Titans fell 27-20 in Houston to the Texans Sunday.
Mike Mularkey said after the game the Titans have to find a way “to win these games” and stop “making the mistakes” they are making.
The Titans came out of the gate slowly spotting the Texans a 17-3 first half lead on a pair of Brock Osweiller touchdown throws.
After that the Titans defense settled in and the offense got to work, Marcus Mariota threw a 60-yard pass to Rishard Matthews on a 5-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to make it 17-10 in the second quarter.
Murray scored the TD from three yards out.
Jason McCourty set up the Titans second score with his first interception of the season. Murray punched it in from two yards out to tie the game at 17-17 in the second quarter.
The Texans booted a 45-yard field goal just before half to take a 20-17 lead into the locker room.
The Titans opened the second half with an impressive 7:55 drive, but that drive stalled at the Texans 8 and the Titans had to settle for a 26-yard Ryan Succop field goal to tie the game at 20-20.
The Texans untied it when rookie first round pick Will Fuller took a punt returned 67 yards for the game winning TD in the third quarter. Mularkey said they simply “have to punt it better.” He added, “Special teams are not playing well right now and I’ll address that.”
Mariota had the Titans in position to tie the game in the final minutes, but a pair of passes to Andre Johnson and 3rd and 4th and 6 yards to go both fell incomplete.
Mariota completed only 13 of 29 passes for 209 yards and touchdown. Murray had another strong game with 25 carries for 95 yards and those two touchdowns.
In his first game back, Kendall Wright caught two passes for 14 yards.
The Titans fell to 1-3 with the loss. They visit the Miami Dolphins next Sunday.