HOUSTON — Rookie running back Dameon Pierce provided the Houston Texans with a much-needed spark against the Los Angeles Chargers during a Week 4 match at NRG Stadium.
Down 21-0 at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter, Pierce ran for a 75-yard touchdown, the longest of his young career.
Pierce's touchdown was a redemption play after a subpar performance at Soldier Field stadium.
He rushed for a career-best 80 yards on 20 attempts and scored his first NFL touchdown amid the Texans' 23-20 defeat to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. But Pierce will remember the Week 3 loss to the Bears for a more somber reason.
He committed his second fumble of the game late in the fourth quarter. Offensive lineman Tytus Howard recovered the ball to prevent a turnover. But coach Lovie Smith pulled Pierce in favor of Rex Burkhead for the final 10 plays of the game.
"Coach [Danny Barrett] and I have been getting it right before and after practice — D.B. and I are always working on something," Pierce said. "I have probably beaten myself up more than any coach. I am young and still learning. But that is no excuse for me to lose the ball."
Following Pierce's touchdown, the Texans entered halftime down 27-7 to the Chargers.
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