The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 30, 2012

Ballard to the rescue

NASHVILLE —

"Fake toss 39, taxi, naked right, screen left."
 
That's the play interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called on the sidelines -- and executed to near perfection by a pair of rookies --  as the Indianapolis Colts rallied for a 19-13 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans Sunday at LP Field.
 
Vick Ballard's catch, run and backwards dive into the end zone from 16 yards out proved to be the difference as the Colts battled back from a 13-6 fourth-quarter deficit to post their first road win of the season. It was also Indianapolis' first win away from Lucas Oil Stadium since a 31-26 victory over Oakland on Dec. 26, 2010.
 
Ballard caught a screen pass from quarterback Andrew Luck at the Titans' 16-yard line and motored down the left sideline. Luck had initially faked the ball to the first-year running back and rolled right on the play, drawing the Tennessee defense with him. He then threw the ball across the field to Ballard, who had a convoy of blockers in front of him.
 
The former Mississippi State standout jumped from the 4-yard line as he attempted to get the ball into the end zone. He was hit by a couple of Titan defenders, somersaulting Ballard near the front end zone markers. After game officials reviewed video of the play, referee Al Riveron acknowledged the touchdown.
 
"Obviously, we're extremely excited to get the [road losing streak] monkey off our backs. We had to learn how to win on the road. It's never easy," Arians said afterwards.
 
"This team fought through some really dumb things early but we fought through it. The defense stepped up and started stopping them. Offensively I thought we had an excellent day other than one turnovers and a couple of stupid penalties."
 
An announced crowd of 69,143 went home unhappy as Tennessee allowed a game to slip away in the final minutes. Indianapolis had tied the game on a 1-yard run by second-year running back Delone Carter with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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