Aug 16, 2015 2:14 AM by Ross Field
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Hoyer threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III on Houston's first drive in the Texans' 23-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Competing with Ryan Mallett for the starting job, Hoyer also connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 2-point conversion to give the Texans an 8-0 lead. Hoyer finished 2 for 4 for 67 yards.
Mallett completed his first eight passes and was 10 of 11 for 90 yards, but the Texans didn't score on any of his four possessions.
Colin Kaepernick failed to move the offense on his only drive, going 1 for 3 for 14 yards before the 49ers punted. The 49ers led 10-8 at halftime after a touchdown pass by Blaine Gabbert and a field goal by Phil Dawson.
Jaelen Strong, a rookie third-round pick, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tom Savage to give Houston a 15-10 lead early in the third quarter.
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