The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 30, 2012

Welcome back Donald Brown

INDIANAPOLIS — Welcome back Donald Brown.

The fourth-year running back made his first game back from knee surgery a successful one Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts' 19-13 overtime win at LP Field. Brown ran for 80 yards on 14 carries, 39 of those yards coming on the team's game-winning drive.
His 19-yard run up the middle on the Colts' second play from scrimmage in the extra session produced a first down at the Indianapolis 48-yard line. Three more runs totaled 19 additional yards and put the football at the Tennessee Titans 38-yard line.
After a three-yard loss, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck fired a 20-yard completion to veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Two plays after that, rookie running back Vick Ballard vaulted into the end zone from 16 yards out on a rollout throwback screen pass from Luck.
While Ballard and Luck will get the credit for the game-winning play, it was Brown's full throttle running that gave the Colts a chance to win the game.
"It felt good and I am feeling good right now," Brown said afterward. "That's what we needed to do. When [your] number is called, [you] need to make the most of those opportunities. The offensive line did a great job and that will help open up the passing game.
"We are just trying to help this offense and help this team any way we can. It's important because when you can run the ball, you control the game. And that's a huge momentum swing. It demoralizes the defense."
Indianapolis had a season-high 171 yards rushing as a team. Ballard, who started the game ahead of Brown, chipped in with 55 yards in 12 carries. Delone Carter added eight yards on two carries but scored the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

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