On a day when the Raiders surprised everybody but themselves Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had to resort to his best Terrelle Pryor impersonation to pull out the win. Pryor ran for 112 yards and threw for 217 but Luck ran for a 19-yard touchdown with 5:20 left in the game to give Indianapolis a 21-17 win in the season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. After Luck's TD Pryor drove the Raiders downfield but threw an interception to safety Antoine Bethea at the 8-yard line with 25 seconds left. Oakland safety Charles Woodson said of Luck's score that he knows how the Colts' defense felt chasing Pryor. "Breaks your heart" Woodson said. "Breaks your heart. You can have good coverage and then all of a sudden a mobile guy gets out and scores a touchdown. ... "(Pryor) gave us a chance to win. If we want to be the type of defense that we want to be we have to protect the lead." Luck led seven fourth-quarter comebacks last year in his rookie season. On Sunday the Stanford alum also threw for 178 yards and two of touchdowns. Pryor threw an earlier interception in the end zone and Sebastian Janikowski missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter so the Raiders had chances to win this game. "I learned a couple of things and I can put it in my bag of tricks and bring it out for next weekend and keep learning" Pryor said. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said there are no moral victories but that he was proud of his team picked by many to be the worst in the league.
Andrew Luck's running TD beats Raiders
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 9