Texans rout Manning-less Colts, 34-7

September 11, 2011 - 4:10 PM
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins (5) is pressured by Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts looked lost without Peyton Manning and the Houston Texans took advantage, with Matt Schaub threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 rout Sunday.

Ben Tate rushed for 116 yards and another score as he subbed for injured Arian Foster, and the Texans dominated Kerry Collins, Manning's replacement.

Manning, the four-time MVP, didn't even travel with the team to Houston as he recovers from his third neck surgery in the past 19 months. The Colts lured the 38-year-old Collins out of retirement less than three weeks ago to take a crash course in the offense, and that looked like a bad option in the opener.