It’s going to be a very long bye week for the Indianapolis
Colts, and they can blame much of it on Cecil Shorts.
The second-year wide receiver out of Mount Union was on the receiving end
of the second-longest pass play in Jacksonville history, and the Jaguars
stunned the Colts 22-17 in the final minute Sunday.
Shorts pulled in a quick pass from Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert
near midfield on the Jaguars’ final drive, then raced 80 yards to the end
zone for the game-winning points with just 45 seconds remaining.
“This one’s going to sit in the pit of their stomach, all of our stomachs,
for quite some time,” Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said.
“Obviously, we’re all going to have to get over it and move on and get
better from here.”
Shorts’ catch and run was the climax of a wild final minute at Lucas Oil
Stadium. The big play came just 11 seconds after Adam Vinatieri’s 37-yard
field goal appeared to provide the winning points for the Colts (1-2).
Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck made things more interesting
on the final drive, moving the Colts to Jacksonville’s 26-yard line with
seven seconds to play. He was hit from behind on his first try and threw
an incompletion then threw a jump ball to Reggie Wayne that was knocked
down in the end zone as time expired.
Luck completed 22 of 46 attempts for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but he
was fixated afterwards on his third-quarter interception to Jacksonville
middle linebacker Paul Posluszny.
“I lost sight of the Mike (linebacker), but all the indicators said that
he was going to be there,” Luck said. “Very bad decision is what it boils
In truth, that was just one of several missed opportunities for Indianapolis.