The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

September 24, 2012

Shorts’ long gain shocks Colts

Indianapolis falls to Jacksonville in final minute


INDIANAPOLIS — 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

Jaguars (1-2).

“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.

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