The Indianapolis Colts fell behind early again. But there was no Colts comeback this Sunday, falling 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The eight points were the Colts lowest output with Andrew Luck at quarterback. Rams rookie Tavon Austin burned the Colts with his speed for three touchdowns.
The Colts came into the game with the fewest turnovers of any team in the NFL, but they turned it over five times. Luck threw three interceptions, two in the end zone.
On the Colts first possession, NFC sacks leader Robert Quinn sacked Luck and stripped the football. Chris Long scooped up the fumble and raced 45 yards untouched for a touchdown.
NFL sacks leader Robert Mathis also brought the heat early in the game. Mathis brought down Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens twice in the first half. Mathis now holds the Colts franchise records for career multiple sack games (26) and multiple sack games (6) in a season. He has collected 13.5 sacks this season. But there were few highlights for the Colts.
Rams rookie Zac Stacy added a two yard touchdown run on the second play of the second quarter to make it 14-0. Then Austin took over.
Special teams disaster struck for the Colts on a Pat McAfee punt that was about to be downed inside the Rams 5 yard line by Sergio Brown. But Rams rookie Tavon Austin snagged the punt on a bounce at the 2 yard line and found an alley up the sideline for a 98 yard touchdown return with 10:28 left in the second quarter.
Austin scored again when he got behind Colts cornerback Vontae Davis for a 57 yard connection with Clemens. That gave the Rams (4-6) a 28-nothing lead at the half.
The Colts (6-3) produced just 74 yards of offense in the first half, only five yards rushing. The Colts finished the game with just 18 yards rushing.
Austin scored for the 3rd time on the third play of the 3rd quarter. Clemens found Austin on a crossing route. Austin turned on his speed and outran the Colts secondary for an 81 yard touchdown.
The Colts finally scored late in the third quarter on a 13 yard touchdown pass from Luck to Donald Brown. The Colts added a two-point conversion pass to Fleener for their only points of the game.
The Colts have a short week to prepare for their next game on Thursday night at Tennessee (8:25 p.m.). The NFL Network broadcast of the game can be seen on WTHR, Channel 13.