The Governor's Cup, kept by the winning Texas NFL team in preseason, traveled to Arlington for Thursday's contest between the Texans and Cowboys.
It promptly returned back to Houston, who won the previous preseason matchup 23-7 on August 28, 2010, after the Texans defeated the Cowboys 24-6. The final preseason game, before teams trimmed down to a 53-man roster, was a battle of reserves fighting for a spot.
The Texans offense went back to basics as it returned to the run game, gaining 123 yards on 10 carries in the first quarter. Cierre Wood's 41-yard carry was the longest of the preseason for the Texans. Wood finished the day with 107 yards on 19 carries followed by Dennis Johnson with 79 yards and one touchdown.
Houston scored first on the opening drive of the game on a five-yard touchdown run by Johnson, who struggled after that. The undrafted rookie fumbled twice on the same drive for the Texans: a muffed catch on a punt return which he recovered, and a fumble on a carry, resulting in Houston's first turnover of the game. In the third quarter, Johnson muffed another punt which he recovered.
Case Keenum was the starting quarterback in the Texans final preseason game and set two franchise records in one play. Keenum's 27-yard touchdown pass to Lestar Jean in the second quarter solidified him as the franchise leader in preseason passing yards with 442. Keenum surpassed David Carr's previous record of 441 yards set in 2002.
The touchdown catch by Jean was his third of the preseason, the most in preseason franchise history. Jean finished the day with two reception for 32 yards and the touchdown.
Keenum played for the entire first half and finished the game 9-for-13 for 128 yards and a touchdown. Keenum's passer rating was 126.4. Yates earned his fourth touchdown of the preseason with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Andy Cruse at the start of the fourth quarter. Yates completed 8-of-11 for 109 yards, one touchdown, and a quarterback rating of 134.3.
DeVier Posey made his comeback from Achilles surgery and had two receptions for 18 yards. Tight end Ryan Griffin, the Texans sixth-round draft pick, had five receptions for 87 yards. Griffin reached a total of 15 receptions, the most in preseason franchise history.