Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

September 9, 2013

COLTS ESCAPE WITH WIN

Indianapolis holds off Oakland in final minute for 1-0 start

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts spent the first 19 minutes Sunday showing how good they could be this season. The final 41 minutes proved there still is plenty of room for improvement.

Antoine Bethea’s interception at his own 6-yard line with 25 seconds remaining in the game allowed the Colts to escape with a 21-17 season- opening victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. But the roar from a crowd of 65,412 was filled with more relief than genuine celebration.

“Hats off to the Raiders,” Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. “We knew that they had a good football team, a talented football team. We knew the quarterback [Terrelle Pryor] was a talented, talented guy and how important it was going to be to contain him. Obviously, they did a great job and had a great plan. But congratulations to everybody in that locker room — our players, our coaches — they did a phenomenal job. Our players did an unbelievable job of just hanging tough.”

In just his second career start, Oakland’s Pryor set a franchise record for his position with 112 rushing yards on 13 attempts. He also went 19-for-29 passing for 217 yards with one touchdown and two costly interceptions.

The Colts only caught up to Pryor once for a sack, but it was a huge one.

The Raiders had first-and-goal at the Indianapolis 8-yard line with 1:13 remaining when Pryor was flushed from the pocket and chased down by outside linebacker Robert Mathis for an 18-yard loss. His next pass was incomplete to tight end Mychal Rivera on the left side, and his third-down attempt was picked off by Bethea.

That ended a march that began at Oakland’s 20-yard line and ate nearly five minutes off the clock.

“That guy is fast,” Mathis said of the Raiders’ third-year signal-caller. “He definitely showed up to play [Sunday]. We just had to make one more play.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT041814 LHS Tennis.jpg Logan tops Lewis Cass in early season tennis match Logansport's girls tennis team defeated rival Lewis Cass 4-1 Thursday in Walton. The Berries improved to 2-1 on the young season while the Kings dropped to 0-1. Whitney Jennings defeated Gabi Hartley 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Brooke Bullard defeated

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • No. 7 Lewis Cass baseball falls at HN, 3-2 Lewis Cass' baseball team suffered its first setback of the season with a 3-2 loss at Huntington North on Thursday. Kyle Dwiggins hit a two-run home run for the Class 2A No. 7 Kings (3-1) in the fourth inning. He later doubled. But the Vikings scored

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT-PT041714 - phs AOW Kayte Miller.jpg Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers Pioneer senior Kayte Miller has enjoyed a lot of success in volleyball and softball during her four-year career. Miller has one more season of softball this spring with the Panthers before she will play the sport at Ancilla College next year. Miller

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT041714 - lhs baseball.jpg Logan baseball wins at Taylor, moves to 4-1 Logansport's baseball team held off a late Taylor rally for a 13-9 win Wednesday in Kokomo. The Berries (4-1) were one out away from winning by 10-run rule in the fifth inning before the Titans (1-1) extended the game with two runs to make it a 13-4

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs, April 17 Logansport to honor Jennings on May 16 The Berry Boosters and Logansport High School are having a community celebration to honor and recognize the 2014 Indiana Miss Basketball, Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American Whitney Jenni

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-PT041614 - Nate Champion.jpg Champion caps Le Moyne career with run to NCAA Tourney

    For Nate Champion reaching the NCAA Tournament was always a major goal at Division-II Le Moyne University. Champion and the Dolphins reached that goal this season during his senior year. Champion said that when he and 6-foot-11 big man Jim Janson ent

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Wednesday, April 16 Lewis Cass senior point guard Maci Maupin will continue her basketball career at the next level.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPL - PT041614 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig We're all still watching Wildcats' Calipari After winning a big case and accepting compliments from his fellow attorneys, the man thanked his colleagues and responded that he really would have liked to represent the opposition. “I think I could have won arguing their side, too,” he told them.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logan AD Fisher to retire Logansport athletic director Greg Fisher’s retirement request was approved by the Logansport Community School Corporation school board Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 15 Monday's inclement weather meant led to postponements of scheduled sporting events.

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.