NO 0 17 7 7 31
Hou 7 9 7 0 23
Date of game: 8/25/2013

Recap: Houston vs. New Orleans

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Andy Tanner caught two touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints stayed unbeaten in the preseason with a 31-23 win over the Houston Texans.

Drew Brees complete 4-of-6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in limited duty for the Saints, and Pierre Thomas gained 70 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown reception.

Matt Schaub played the entire first half and threw for 213 yards on 15-of-26 attempts for the Texans, who had won their first two preseason games.

Ben Tate, starting in place of the injured Arian Foster, ran for a 1-yard TD and gained 74 yards on 11 carries, while Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 131 yards in the loss.

The Saints, trailing 10-0 following Tate's touchdown and the first of three field goals from Randy Bullock, got on the board when Thomas took a short pass over the middle from Brees and outran the defense en route to a 51-yard touchdown three minutes into the second quarter.

Luke McCown took over for Brees and was an efficient 10-of-14 through the air for 118 yards. The backup threw a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills late in the second quarter and connected with Tanner on an 8-yard score in the first minute of the third to give the Saints a 24-16 lead.

T.J. Yates found Alec Lemon for a 17-yard TD to pull the hosts within one, but Tanner's acrobatic 15-yard touchdown on a pass from Ryan Griffin early in the fourth helped the Saints stay in control.

With a minute to play, Texans third-stringer Case Keenum threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and-6 from the New Orleans 10-yard line.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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