November 9, 2012 in Sports

Luck rushes for two touchdowns in Colts’ victory

Associated Press
 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Inspiration one week, domination the next.

The Indianapolis Colts became the latest to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, winning 27-10 on Thursday night behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck’s two rushing touchdowns.

Darius Butler returned an interception for a score as the Colts (6-3) won their fourth consecutive game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jaguars (1-8) have lost six straight, their worst start in franchise history.

The Colts had cause for concern following an emotional victory four days earlier, one in which cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano delivered a passionate, postgame speech in the locker room. Interim coach Bruce Arians was worried the team might crash from the emotional high.

Not even close.

Indianapolis scored on three consecutive possessions in the first half, opening up a 17-0 lead that started emptying the stands at EverBank Field.

“This win was huge,” Luck said. “We wanted to keep our winning streak going. Jacksonville got us earlier this year. We didn’t want to go 0-2 against a team. This is a good step in the right direction, but no one looks back at the fact that you were 6-3 in the middle of the season. It’s what we do at the end of the season.”

Coming off an NFL rookie record 433 yards passing against Miami, Luck wasn’t quite as sharp in his prime-time debut. He didn’t need to be, either.

Luck completed 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards, with an interception and a fumble. But he was unstoppable near the end zone, juking defenders with two pump fakes and scrambling for a 5-yard score on one drive and then plunging across the goal line on fourth down on the next possession.

That was plenty against the Jaguars, who have the league’s worst offense and played a third game without star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Colts essentially sealed the win when Butler stepped in front of Blaine Gabbert’s pass in the flat and went untouched for an 11-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

Indianapolis became just the third road team to win on Thursday night this season, and just the fifth in the last two seasons. Jaguars have lost five straight Thursday games.

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