Clowney steps up with Watt out for season

HOUSTON (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney is finally healthy and contributing, and his performance on Sunday helped the Houston Texans overcome the loss of superstar J.J. Watt.

The top overall pick in the 2014 draft had a sack and two quarterback hits and the Texans got a 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans.

"We've got to keep pushing forward," Clowney said. "He's a big part of our team, but we can't let one guy keep us from pushing forward and trying to win games. Today we came out here and got the win and that's what we wanted to do."

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It was the first time Houston (3-1) had played without its star defensive end since the 2010 season after Watt , who is out for the season after back surgery, had started 83 straight games since being drafted in 2011.

The game was tied at 20-20 in the third quarter when Brock Osweiler threw his second interception of the game. It was Clowney that led a defensive stand that kept the Titans from taking advantage of that mistake.

He sacked Marcus Mariota for a 6-yard loss on first down and chased down Delanie Walker after a reception on third down to force a punt.

"It was very big to get off the field, that's what we want to do," Clowney said. "Get the ball back to our offense."

Rookie Will Fuller returned that punt 67 yards for a touchdown that put Houston on top for good.

While the Texans know that one person can't make up for the loss of Watt, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year, they did challenge every member of the defense to do a little more to pick up the slack.

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