But rather than bask in the afterglow of his stunning performance and the Colts' 38-3 victory over St. Louis, Luck was taking the day in stride. It's the preseason, he emphasized, sounding like a veteran and refusing to get overly captivated with the effort.
“But to go out there and put some good stuff on film is beneficial,” he allowed.
Luck, the NFL's No. 1 draft pick last spring, hit 10-of-16 passes for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first play was a short completion to running back
“It was probably the easiest touchdown pass I'll have in my life,” Luck said. “It goes about three yards to Donald and he does the rest of the work.”
Luck was on the field for 24 plays in four possessions, boosting the Colts to a 21-3 halftime lead. He recorded a 142.7 quarterback rating.
“To see him perform and do the things he did under pressure … he handled it well,” said Colts Coach Chuck Pagano.
The Colts enjoyed sound play both offensively and defensively en route to their easy victory. With help from backup quarterbacks
The Colts' hybrid 3-4 defense held St. Louis to 215 net yards.
“If you could script it, you probably couldn't script it any better,” Pagano said about his team's preseason opener and his debut as a head coach.
“For the coaches and the players, like I said, it's a great start. We understand what it is. But I was asked earlier in the week if winning was a priority, and obviously every time we step on the field we want to win. We don't care what the stakes are, whether it counts or not. We just try to come in and get better every day.”
The Colts will travel to Pittsburgh next Sunday to play the Steelers in a nationally televised preseason game.
FIRST QUARTER (9:22 remaining)
Andrew Luck's first preseason play mirrored that of his famous Colts predecessor, Peyton Manning. Luck threw a short pass to running back Donald Brown, who found ample space to run up the middle of the field for a 63-yard touchdown. In Manning's 1998 preseason opener, the rookie quarterback connected with Marvin Harrison on a short pass that stretched into a 48-yard scoring play against Seattle.
SECOND QUARTER (11:18 remaining)
Luck continued his eye-catching performance, leading the Colts on a seven-play, 53-yard scoring march. Luck completed all four of his passes for 50 yards, including a 23-yard scoring toss to
SECOND QUARTER (7:18 remaining)
The Rams got on the scoreboard when Greg Zuerlein connected on a 37-yard field goal. A pass interference penalty against the Colts'
SECOND QUARTER (3:10 remaining)
The Colts' offense kept the heat turned up. A couple of dropped passes hurt Indy early in the drive, but Luck persevered and hit four of his last six for 66 yards. The big play was a 32-yard completion to
THIRD QUARTER (7 seconds remaining)
Drew Stanton picked up where Luck left off. Stanton completed 4-of-5 passes for 58 yards in leading the Colts on an 85-yard drive. The big play was a 22-yard completion to
FOURTH QUARTER (11:14 remaining)
The Colts stayed on a roll. Chandler Harnish replaced Stanton at quarterback and went right to work, leading the team on a six-play, 57-yard scoring march. Harnish's 33-yard scoring pass to
FOURTH QUARTER (4:44 remaining)