Raiders 27, Texans 16

OAKLAND, Calif. - In a season with very little to celebrate, Johnnie Lee Higgins gave Oakland fans plenty to cheer about in the home finale.

Higgins caught a 29-yard touchdown pass and then returned a punt 80 yards for another score in the third quarter, leading the Raiders over Houston.

The rest of the year has been much of the same losing for Oakland (4-11), which became the first team in NFL history to drop at least 11 games for six straight seasons.

The Texans (7-8) had won four straight for the first time in team history.

Houston 7 6 0 3 – 16

Oakland 13 0 14 0 – 27

First quarter

Oak–Schilens 20 pass from Russell (Janikowski kick), 10:34.

Hou–Leach 1 run (K.Brown kick), 7:59.

Oak–FG Janikowski 33, 3:42.

Oak–FG Janikowski 30, :05.

Second quarter

Hou–FG K.Brown 53, 6:11.

Hou–FG K.Brown 24, :38.

Third quarter

Oak–Higgins 29 pass from Russell (Janikowski kick), 9:56.

Oak–Higgins 80 punt return (Janikowski kick), 5:44.

Fourth quarter

Hou–FG K.Brown 40, 9:55.

A:

43,687.

Hou   Oak

First downs 17   17

Total Net Yards 324   362

Rushes-yards 22-90   34-139

Passing 234   223

Punt Returns 2-30   2-80

Kickoff Returns 5-94   5-106

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   1-12

Comp-Att-Int 19-36-1   18-25-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-21   1-13

Punts 4-36.8   4-48.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-0   2-1

Penalties-Yards 1-15   2-14

Time of Possession 28:31   31:29

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Houston, Slaton 18-66, Walter 1-13, Schaub 2-10, Leach 1-1. Oakland, Fargas 22-93, McFadden 12-46.

Passing:

Houston, Schaub 19-36-1-255. Oakland, Russell 18-25-0-236.

Receiving:

Houston, Daniels 7-111, Slaton 5-36, A.Johnson 2-19, Walter 2-17, Anderson 1-65, Dreessen 1-4, Leach 1-3. Oakland, McFadden 5-41, Z.Miller 4-70, Higgins 3-56, Schilens 3-52, Lawton 2-13, Fargas 1-4.

Missed Field Goals:

None.