Ekeler scores 3 touchdowns, Chargers hold off Texans 34-24

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Herbert threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Ekeler scored three times as the Los Angeles Chargers built a big early lead and held on for a 34-24 win over the Houston Texans.

Houston scored 17 straight points to get within three with about 8 1/2 minutes left.

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The Chargers then put together a 12-play, 84-yard drive, capped by a 14-yard reception by Ekeler. Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid and evened its record at 2-2. The Texans are still winless under first-year coach Lovie Smith, falling to 0-3-1.