Texans QB Deshaun Watson turns in historic performance to lead rout of Titans

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The Texans rookie accounted for five touchdowns, becoming just the sixth rookie QB in NFL history to do so.
The Texans rookie accounted for five touchdowns, becoming just the sixth rookie QB in NFL history to do so.

Deshaun Watson was near-perfect on Sunday. His only mistake was an interception late in the first half against the Titans.

It didn't matter.

Watson became just the sixth rookie quarterback in NFL history to account for five touchdowns in a single game as he led the Texans to a 57-14 rout of the Titans.

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The former Clemson quarterback threw for four scores and ran for another, joining Vikings Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton and former Giants quarterback Charlie Conerly as the only quarterbacks with four passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the same game. Former Bills quarterback Johnny Green also had four passing scores and a rushing touchdown as a rookie in 1960 while the Bills were in the AFL.

Detroit's Matthew Stafford was the first rookie with five touchdown passes in 2009, something matched by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in 2015.

Former Dolphins quarterback David Woodley is the only other rookie quarterback with five touchdowns in a game, throwing for three and rushing for two in a win over the Rams on Nov. 9, 1980.

Watson completed 25 of his 34 pass attempts on Sunday, throwing for 283 yards a week after his first career 300-yard game in a loss to the Patriots. Despite not starting Houston's season-opening loss to the Jaguars, Watson has thrown for 811 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions and has 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

"I have a long way to go," Watson said after Sunday's game. "It's still early in my career. Just hope to continue on it."

The 57 points scored by the Texans on Sunday also set a new franchise scoring record, topping the 45 points Houston scored in a win over the Titans in 2014.

Even DeAndre Hopkins is coming around after endorsing Tom Savage as the team's starter in August.

"He's maturing more and more everyday," Hopkins said of Watson. "The way he carries himself, his leadership mentality.

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"Have to thank the organization for going out and getting a guy like Deshaun Watson."


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