Schaub shakes off first-pass INT, steers Texans

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Schaub recovered after throwing an interception on the first play of the game, leading the Houston Texans on scoring drives in each of their next three series in a 30-7 preseason rout of the rebuilding 49ers on Saturday night.

Troy Nolan made two interceptions for new Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, returning the first pick 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans 24 consecutive first-half points after they fell behind 7-0.

Schaub enhanced an already impressive preseason, going 16-of-24 passing for 180 yards and one touchdown for the unbeaten Texans (3-0). So far, they look very much like AFC contenders.

Niners quarterback Alex Smith wound up 2-of-6 passing for 17 yards, just 4 more in the air than he lost in two sacks.

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