Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes
for the second straight week, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 41-17
victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Luck completed 29-of-41 passes for 393 yards and an interception for the Colts
(2-2), who have won two straight games. Luck was also sharp in last week’s
44-17 rout of the Jaguars.
Trent Richardson carried the ball 20 times for 47 yards and a score for
Indianapolis, which has won nine in a row against AFC South opponents. Reggie
Wayne caught seven passes for 119 yards and one touchdown, while T.Y. Hilton
hauled in six passes for 105 yards.
With Jake Locker (wrist) out, Charlie Whitehurst connected on 12-of-23 passes
for 177 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Titans (1-3), who
have lost three in a row. Whitehurst made his first start since 2011.
Delanie Walker caught five passes for 84 yards and a score in the loss.
The Titans turned the ball over on their first possession when Kendall Wright
stumbled and lost control of the football while trying to get a first down.
The fumble was upheld following a review.
Indianapolis started from the Tennessee 38-yard line and scored two plays
later. Hilton caught a 37-yard pass before Richardson rumbled into the end
The home team followed with a perfectly executed onside kick. From there the
Colts marched down the field on an 11-play, 44-yard drive that Dwayne Allen
capped with a 7-yard TD catch.
The Colts defense came up big early in the second quarter when Mike Adams
picked off Whitehurst and Luck led Indianapolis on a 10-play drive. Adam
Vinatieri’s 31-yard field goal made it 17-0 with 10:25 left in the half.
The score was 20-3 after Ryan Succop and Vinatieri exchanged field goals.
Tennessee’s defense stepped up and made a play with less than a minute
remaining in the first half. Wesley Woodyard picked off Luck and returned the
ball seven yards to the Indianapolis 25-yard line. Three plays later, Walker
caught a 7-yard TD pass to make it 20-10 at the break.
The Colts put the game away with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Wayne
caught a 28-yard TD pass and Coby Fleener added a 2-yard score to make it
Bishop Sankey scored from two yards out with 35 seconds remaining in the third
Ahmad Bradshaw caught a 15-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.
The Colts have won six straight against the Titans … Locker was injured
during last week’s 33-7 loss at Cincinnati.