By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans got a solid performance from rookie quarterback Davis Mills in his first career start. But they were doomed by their inability to run the ball and or prevent big plays in a 24-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Carolina’s top-ranked defense sacked Mills four times and held him to 168 yards passing. Mills was pressed into action after Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday and was placed on injured reserve.