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Clowney has big game, takes blame after loss

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans waits on the field during their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had a big game on Monday night, but after losing to the Raiders, he told reporters they should give him blame, not credit.

Asked about some questionable calls that went against the Texans, Clowney instead turned the attention to himself and his teammates, saying the Houston defense had a lead that it should have been able to hold.

We can’t blame nobody but us,” Clowney said. “Don’t put the game in the refs’ hands to take it from us. We should have taken the game. Man, I felt so confident about us winning the game. It just slipped away from us at the end, and we lost it. Very tough, we should have won this game. We gave this away. It slipped out of our hands.”

Although Clowney got close to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a few times, the Texans ended the game without any sacks.

“He was getting too comfortable back there,” Clowney said of Carr. “It was pitch-and-catch. He was just throwing quick outs and receivers were making plays.”

Clowney was excellent in the game, with five solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He looked like exactly the kind of player the Texans thought he’d be when they made him the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. But he didn’t want to talk about his own success.

“It ain’t about me,” Clowney said. “It’s about the team. We didn’t do what we wanted to do to win the game.”

That’s a good attitude for a good young player to have.