Colts send stricken coach good cheer
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck gave Colts coach Chuck Pagano another reason to celebrate.
Hours after Pagano was sent home from the hospital, Luck became the first Colts quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since 1988 as Indianapolis put away Cleveland.
"He was at the house, and we're really excited about that," Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said of Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. "That's probably as big as the win today. … I'm sure he's feeling great right now."
This win was typical Pagano style.
Indy controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes, ran for a season-high 148 yards, held Cleveland to 55 yards on the ground, and finished with two stops.
The 3-4 Colts have one more victory than all of last season, and the biggest reason has been Luck. The No. 1 overall pick won this season's first head-to-head matchup among the five rookie starting quarterbacks, outdueling Cleveland's Brandon Weeden, who threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns.