Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw two second-quarter touchdown passes, as the Houston Texans snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-0 victory over AFC South rival Tennessee.
Schaub finished with 178 yards on 25-of-35 efficiency for the Texans (5-6), whose last two setbacks came in heartbreaking fashion.
A week after Jacksonville's Hail Mary toss on the final play resulted in a stunning defeat on November 14, Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to take a four-point lead against the New York Jets, only to see it erased in a last- minute drive.
Arian Foster had 143 yards on 30 carries for Houston, while adding 75 yards on nine receptions.
Andre Johnson caught nine passes for 56 yards and one score, but was ejected, along with Cortland Finnegan, in the fourth quarter after throwing punches at the Titans cornerback.
Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith made his first NFL start for Tennessee, completing 17-of-31 passes for 138 yards. He was also picked off three times by Glover Quin.
Smith, a sixth-round draft pick this year out of Florida Atlantic, made his debut in last Sunday's overtime loss to Washington after Vince Young sustained an injury that will require season-ending surgery to repair a flexor tendon in his right thumb. That was only the beginning of the drama.
Upon being removed from the game, Young tossed his pads into the stands while leaving the field and got into a heated postgame exchange with head coach Jeff Fisher. After being placed on injured reserve, the combustible quarterback was told not to attend a team meeting on Tuesday. Young then texted Fisher an apology Wednesday, the same day Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger had been diagnosed with cancer. Heimerdinger worked Sunday's game against Houston and will start his treatment Monday.
Chris Johnson was limited to just five yards on seven carries for Tennessee (5-6), which was dealt its fourth straight loss.