Shutdown Corner

Andrew Luck scores two rushing touchdowns in first half for Colts

Doug Farrar
Shutdown Corner

No running game? No problem for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Going into their Week 7 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, the Colts had rushed for just 431 yards, which put them at 28th overall in the NFL. Luck was the team's second-leading rusher behind Donald Brown, with 103 yards on 17 carries and a rushing touchdowns. In the first half against Cleveland, Luck quite literally took things into his own hands and scored twice on the ground. Those touchdowns proved to be the only ones scored by Indianapolis in a 17-13 Colts victory.

The first touchdown came with 7:29 left in the first quarter, with the Colts down to Cleveland's 3-yard line. Luck took the ball out of shotgun with five receivers, processed his reads and simply ran through the four-lane highway left open by the Browns' defense.

The second score, which came with from the Browns' 5-yard line with 7:47 left in the first half, had Luck running a sprint option to the right for an easy score after a fake end-around to rookie receiver T.Y. Hilton had the Browns' defense zigging when it should have zagged.

We should not be surprised by Luck's pure athleticism -- he ran for 957 yards on 163 attempts and scored seven touchdowns on the ground for the Stanford Cardinal, and tested out at the 2012 scouting combine with many of the same measurables as Cam Newton did.

It wasn't a stellar passing day for Luck -- he completed 16 passes in 29 attempts for 186 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions -- but as most great and future-great quarterbacks will do, Luck found a way to help his team to victory.

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