Josh Johnson torched the Houston Texans, as the San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 40-13 win in the final tuneup of the preseason.
On a night when nearly all of the team’s starters had the game off, Johnson made quite the statement as he threw three touchdowns and went for 135 yard while completing 14-of-17 passes.
The 49ers didn’t get much of anything going until the final minutes of the first half. After a pair of early field goals had put the Texans in front 6-0, San Francisco grabbed a 7-6 lead when Blaine Gabbert and Asante Cleveland connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass with a 1:25 to go in the half.
Chris Cook then picked off Case Keenum to set up the team’s second score of the game. For Cook, the interception was the second he’s hauled in during the preseason after recording zero in five years with the Minnesota Vikings. Josh Johnson stepped in at quarterback and promptly threw a 13-yard touchdown to Bruce Ellington. The third-string quarterback was just getting started.
Johnson orchestrated a drive in the third quarter that resulted in a 28-yard field goal for Phil Dawson. The signal caller also threw a couple of touch down passes to Kyle Nelson in the fourth quarter.
On the defensive side, Chris Borland had an impressive game in Houston. In the third quarter, the rookie linebacker jumped the route on a pass from Tom Savage and ended up with a 34-yard pick-six.
Up next, the 49ers begin the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on September 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25pm at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.