INDIANAPOLIS — But after allowing touchdowns on Indy’s first two series, the Raiders frustrated Luck and the Colts the rest of the day.
The most frustrating part for the Colts was Terrelle Pryor. In just his second career start, the Raiders new starting quarterback went 19 of 29 for 217 yards with one touchdown and set a franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback.
Pryor, the former Ohio State star, carried 13 times for 112 yards, breaking the mark (85 yards) former league MVP Rich Gannon established Oct. 8, 2000.
But Pryor made more mistakes than Luck.
Pryor threw two interceptions, both in the red zone, and took a 16-yard sack with 68 seconds to go after Oakland reached the Indy 8-yard line.
Two plays later, he was picked off by Antoine Bethea at the Colts 4.
“I’m disappointed in myself. Taking sacks in unacceptable,” Pryor said. “This loss is on me. At the end of the day, I threw the ball away. I did awful, I thought.”
Luck opened the scoring with a looping 12-yard TD pass to Wayne on the first drive and stood in against Oakland’s pressure to connect with Dwayne Allen on a 20-yard score to make it 14-0.
Pryor answered with two long runs to Darren McFadden for a 1-yard TD run that cut the lead to 14-7. And with the score 14-10, Pryor gave Oakland the lead when he hooked up with Denarius Moore on a 5-yard TD pass with 11:09 to go.
That’s when Luck responded. On third-and-4 from the Raiders 19, the middle of the field opened up and Luck took off. Oakland couldn’t catch him.
“Sometimes when it just opens up like that, you can’t help but go,” Luck said. “I knew I wanted the first down if I took off. Then Darius (Heyward-Bey) did a great job of coming out of his route and just pinning the guy, blocking his man in. A nice lane into the end zone.”