Reaction: Deshaun Watson wins first NFL start
|2017-09-14 23:36:04.0- -||
Deshaun Watson led the Houston Texans to a road win in his first career NFL start Thursday night.
Watson put the Texans on top at Cincinnati with a 49-yard touchdown rush just before the half, and Houston held on from there in a 13-9 victory.
"It's a dream come true," Watson told the NFL Network after the win. "It's what I've been waiting for my whole life. Now is the time. We knew it was going to be tough. Every game in the NFL is tough. We had to work our way to the victory. I just wanted to thank all the guys for playing hard and playing to the fourth quarter. It was awesome."
Watson completed 15-of-24 passes for 125 yards and rushed for 67 yards on five carries. He targeted Clemson connection DeAndre Hopkins 13 times with seven completions for 73 yards.
The 49-yard run turned out to be the deciding score.
"I just saw everyone back up and I knew that I had to make a play," Watson said. "It was in two-minute mode and my feet are always in two-minute mode. I just saw a hole and tried to make something happen. I saw a lane where I could go and I just kept on running."
O'Brien on Watson: "He's a very instinctive runner... He's got that knack."— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 15, 2017
"He saw it and he took off. And he can run."-O'Brien on Watson TD.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) September 15, 2017
Social media was abuzz all night on the Gainesville, Georgia product's every move, including several current NFL stars. Check out reaction from throughout the memorable first start below:
Deshaun Watson showing you that he is as fun as advertisedpic.twitter.com/xoIEFWsslv— The Ringer (@ringer) September 15, 2017
?????? WE HAVE A DESHAUN WATSON TOUCHDOWN! ?????? pic.twitter.com/1b4kvM89rM— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 15, 2017
@deshaunwatson ????????— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) September 15, 2017
@deshaunwatson YOUNG KING??????— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 15, 2017
94 yard drive by the rook.... he gonna be fun to watch!!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 15, 2017
Ok lil bra ??????????— Grady Jarrett (@GradyJarrett) September 15, 2017
?? #4— Dak Prescott (@dak) September 15, 2017
Deshaun Watson goes from taking a vicious shot/sack to escaping for a 49-yard TD. Guts. Resilience. Big-stage playmaking. Special young man.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 15, 2017
Deshaun Watson's 49-yard TD was the longest rush by a Texans player since 2014 (Arian Foster 51-yard run against the Jaguars).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2017
Alabama fans can back me up on this: Watson is at his best once you hit him. He responds to pressure so well.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 15, 2017
Magical when he has time...— Eric Mac Lain (@Mr_Clemson) September 15, 2017
"Deshaun Michael Jordan Watson!!" - @michaelirvin88— Tyler Grisham (@Coach_Grisham) September 15, 2017
Watson has 67 yards rushing, most by former Clemson QB in NFL game since Steve Fuller had 61 vs. seattle 12-2-79.— Tim Bourret (@TimBourret) September 15, 2017
Deshaun Watson ropes in his 1st career win! pic.twitter.com/ipPVhuejov— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 15, 2017
First career start ?— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 15, 2017
First win of the season ? pic.twitter.com/sozMUaWUeS
Michael Irvin asks JJ Watt if the Texans feel like they're settled at QB with Deshaun Watson.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 15, 2017
"I hope so! I've been through 9 of them."
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