Quick Take: Higgins leads Raiders past Texans

It was over when ...
Johnnie Lee Higgins returned a Texans punt 80 yards for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a 27-13 lead with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter.

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In addition to his third punt return for a touchdown this season, Higgins finished with three catches for 56 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter that gave the Raiders a seven-point lead they would not relinquish.

Key stat
One week after recording a franchise record with 207 receiving yards, Andre Johnson finished with just two catches for 19 yards. Houston's best playmaker did not record his first reception until the fourth quarter.

Noteworthy
Oakland's win snaps Houston's four-game winning streak and prevents the Texans from their first winning record in franchise history. ... Higgins's punt return for a touchdown tied him with the Saints' Reggie Bush for the league-lead with three scores. ... With 66 rushing yards, Texans rookie RB Steve Slaton has 1,190 for the season, passing Domanick Williams for the franchise record.

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