Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub recovered after throwing an interception on the first play of the game, leading Houston on scoring drives in each of its next three series against the rebuilding San Francisco 49ers. The Texans eventually won 30-7.
Safety Troy Nolan made two interceptions for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, returning the first pick 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans 24 straight first-half points after they fell behind 7-0.
Schaub enhanced an already impressive preseason, going 16 for 24 for 180 yards and a touchdown for the unbeaten Texans (3-0).
Alex Smith was 2 for 6 for 17 yards, just 4 more yards in the air than he lost in two sacks, for the 49ers (1-2).
As previously reported, the big story that came out of this game was the hamstring injury to Houston running back Arian Foster. Schaub may not have top-five potential, but he'll be a reasonably safe and productive lower-end QB1. Do the 49ers have some sort of special glasses that make them see something in Alex Smith that no one else can see?