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Colts ride first-quarter dominance to victory

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts couldn’t have played a better first quarter than they did Thursday night, and it was enough for them to escape Houston with a 33-28 win over the Texans.

Andrew Luck threw two of his touchdown passes while the Colts were grabbing a 24-0 lead in the opening period. He hit Ahmad Brashaw and Coby Fleener for short touchdowns after Trent Richardson ran for a five-yard score. T.Y. Hilton had four receptions for 140 yards on the three touchdown drives.

Luck was 25 of 44 for 370 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Hilton finished with a career-high 223 receiving yards, including a 33-yard TD grab that put the Colts ahead 33-21 in the third quarter. Hilton’s touchdown became huge after Texans defensive end J.J. Watt returned a Luck fumble 45 yards for a touchdown.

Watt has scored three touchdowns in six games this season.

The 3-3 Texans had two opportunities to take the lead late, but the Colts recovered fumbles by Andre Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick in the last five minutes before improving to 4-2, tops in the AFC South.

*Photo courtesy of Scott Halleran/Getty Images


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