Young wins in rematch of Rose Bowl opponents

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NEW ORLEANS - Vince Young got the best of Reggie Bush again, and the NFL's feel-good team from last season is off to a dismal start.

David Thornton (right) of the Titans pursues Saints running back Reggie Bush in the first half of Tennessee's win Monday night. The loss pushed New Orleans' record to 0-3 to start the season.  Associated Press
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David Thornton (right) of the Titans pursues Saints running back Reggie Bush in the first half of Tennessee's win Monday night. The loss pushed New Orleans' record to 0-3 to start the season.

Young threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Tennessee Titans kept New Orleans winless on the year, beating the Saints 31-14 Monday night before a Superdome crowd that showered boos on the same players who provided such a pick-me-up to the devastated city a year ago.

The Saints (0-3) rallied from an early 10-0 deficit, going ahead 14-10 midway through the third quarter on Bush's second touchdown run.

But Young, just as he did when leading Texas to an epic win over Bush and Southern Cal at the 2006 Rose Bowl, brought his team back.

While running backs LenDale White and Chris Brown handled the bulk of the workload on the go-ahead drive, it was Young who threaded a key 10-yard pass to Eric Moulds, who was shoved out of bounds at the Saints' 1. White, a teammate of Bush's at Southern Cal, powered over on the next play to put the Titans (2-1) ahead to stay.

Drew Brees, who had another miserable game, got the ball knocked away on the first play of the fourth quarter - the second of his five turnovers.

Young seized on the Brees' fumble to drive Tennessee to the decisive score.

The second-year quarterback completed an 18-yard pass to Roydell Williams, ran for 11 yards and capped the drive with a 3-yard pass to Bo Scaife that put the Titans up 24-14.

Young also hooked up with Brandon Jones on a 35-yard TD and finished off an efficient performance, 14-of-22 for 164 yards. He also ran three times for 23 yards.

"This is a tough one," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

While Bush scored both TDs for the Saints, the Tennessee defense kept him bottled up most of the night. He was held to 15 yards on seven carries and managed just 20 yards on his six receptions.

No one had a more miserable night than Brees, who led the NFL in passing yards last season but can't seem to do anything right now. He threw four interceptions - three of them picked off by Keith Bulluck.


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