Week 10: Jags 45, Texans 10 Green Machine Turns it (Back) On, Breaks Texans Curse 45-10 Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for 41 yards in the 3rd Quarter October 7, 2010 By Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer JACKSONVILLE, FL- Jacksonville is back from the bye week vacation. Their Green Machine defense is back to disrupting opponents offenses. The Jaguars are back in cruise control in the AFC South. What a difference a quarter makes. The Texans had controlled the game throughout the first half, limiting the Jaguars stagnant offense to minimal yards and just three points and were winding down the half with a 10-3 lead. Then disaster struck. After getting the ball back deep in their own territory with less than two minutes left the Texans decided to play it conservative and hand the ball of to normally sure-handed halfback Steve Slaton. Slaton's sure handedness will be put into question after he put the ball on the turf, and it was immediately recovered by the Jaguars, giving them momentum and hope when they looked to be headed into a long intermission. The Jaguars would capitalize, with David Garrard finding Troy Williamson in the back of the endzone and just like that the game would be tied 10-10. "Again our defense gave us a spark there at the end of the half," said Coach Dunlap. "We really could have been down two scores with the way they were moving the ball, but to tie it up there going into the locker room I think got everybody excited." That excitement carried over to the third quarter when the Jaguar smash started. First another fumble by the Texans on their first possession, this one returned for a touchdown by Jaguars cornerback Scott Starks. Next a Maurice-Jones Drew touchdown run, followed by another Garrard touchdown pass, this time to Brandon Gibson. Then the Green Machine defense would cap off the quarter with two interception returned for touchdowns, one for safety Reggie Nelson and the other for linebacker Kirk Morrison. In the span of 4:14 the Jaguars had put up 42 unanswered points and the rout was on, with Jacksonville in a commanding 45-10 lead. The fourth quarter belonged to the reserves, and the defense continued to play well, shutting out the Texans in the second half to seal their teams ninth victory of the year. The victory by the Jaguars (9-0) seems to have releived the team of the 'Texans Curse' that has been played up in recent seasons. The Jaguars were only 1-5 against Houston during the Coach Dunlap era until today's win. "I'm not gonna sit here and lie and say it isn't a bit extra-sweet to beat those guys," he said. "It just seemed like we've always played our worst football against them, and they've certainly had our number. We are trying to reverse that a bit this season." Maruice Jones-Drew continues his strong candidacy for league MVP with a 14 carry, 92 yard performance including one touchdown run. Jones-Drew continues to lead the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. David Garrard continued to show improvement by going an efficient 11/15 for 92 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. For the Texans it was their two headed running game of Ben Tate and Steve Slaton who combined for 113 yards on 19 attemps against the normally stout Jaguar rush defense. However Houston quarterback Matt Shaub has a forgetable day, going just 10/19 for 133 yards and three interceptions. Next week the Jaguars take on the AFC North leading Cleveland Browns (6-2) at home, while the Texans (4-5) will have a tough test on the road against the New York Jets (5-3).