The Colts built a 14-3 halftime lead behind a 40-yard touchdown pass to
rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and a four-yard strike to third-down
running back Mewelde Moore.
It was a breakout day for Hilton, who caught four passes for 113 yards in
just his second NFL game. And the touchdown to Moore capped a 14-play,
80-yard drive that ended with just 37 seconds remaining in the first half.
But the Colts’ continuing second-half woes cost them dearly against the
“We just have to finish,” Wayne said. “The last two games, we hadn’t
finished the way we should. We just have to learn how to finish, plain and
Indianapolis has been outscored 50-16 after halftime this season, and they
got off to a poor start Sunday on both sides of the ball.
A holding penalty on left guard Seth Olsen stalled the opening drive of
the third quarter after Luck began the series with a 13-yard pass to Wayne.
Maurice Jones-Drew then took his first carry of the second half 59 yards
for a touchdown to cut Indianapolis’ lead to 14-10. Jones-Drew finished
with 177 yards on 28 carries.
“If they hand it to him 30 times, you can play great (defense) 27 of those
30 times,” Pagano said. “He may average 30 yards per carry on those ones,
but to give up a 60-yarder, that breaks your back.”
The Jaguars added a 47-yard field goal from Josh Scobee with 2:55 to play
in the third quarter, following Luck’s interception, and took the lead on
a 26-yarder by Scobee with 11:02 remaining in the fourth.
The Colts had a chance to keep Jacksonville off the scoreboard on the
drive, but cornerback Jerraud Powers got just one foot inbounds on an
interception attempt at the back of the end zone.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis offense was short-circuiting amidst a storm of
false start and holding fouls. The Colts were flagged 11 times for 106
yards, contributing to the team’s inability to find a rhythm. All but two
of those penalties occurred in the second half.