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Jags stun Colts 22-17, Shorts scores 80 yd TD with :45 remaining

4:36 PM, Sep 23, 2012   |    comments
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  • Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball as he's tackled by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (84) dives into the end zone to score the winning touchdown on a 80 yard catch against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn (32) with a minute to go in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
    

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Just when it looked like the Jaguars were in danger of losing their third straight game to begin the season, Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts over the middle, and the second year receiver raced 80 yards for a game-winning touchdown with 45 seconds remaining.

Prior to that play, the performance of Maurice Jones-Drew was the only bright spot for the offense.  MoJo finished the day with 179 yards rushing on 28 carries.

Before the touchdown pass to Shorts, Gabbert had only 75 passing yards.  He finished the day by completing 10 out of 21 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.

The Jaguars started the game with a nice drive that took nearly 8 minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a 44 yard field goal from Josh Scobee.

The Colts responded with a 40 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton.  Indianapolis led 7-3 at the end of the 1st quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, the Colts got another touchdown pass from Luck.  This time, he connected with Mewelde Moore from 4 yards out.  Indianapolis led 14-3 at halftime.

The Jaguars got a 59 yard touchdown run by Jones-Drew in the 3rd quarter as they cut the deficit to 14-10.

Scobee added a 47 yard field goal later in the 3rd quarter, and he connected on a 26 yard field goal in the 4th to give the Jaguars a 16-14 lead.

Adam Vinatieri missed a 36 yard field goal with 4:45 remaining in the game.  That kick which sailed wide left would've given the Colts a 17-16 lead if it was good.

Vinatieri got a chance to redeem himself and he did with a 37 yard field goal with 1:01 remaining.  The Colts led 17-16 at that point, and then Gabbert connected with Shorts as soon as they got the ball back.

After the Jaguars took a 22-17 lead, they were not able to get a 2 point conversion as Jones-Drew was stopped short of the endzone.

Luck and the Colts had a chance to win the game on the final play, but the pass into the endzone was incomplete.

Luck finished the day 22-46 for 313 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.

Both the Jaguars and Colts now have a (1-2) record.  The Jaguars will be at home next Sunday for a 4:05 p.m. kickoff vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

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