Colts stiff-arm Jags behind Luck’s legs

Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch got a hand up in Mike McGlynn’s face, but Andrew Luck survived the primetime pressure Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla. The rookie No. 1 draft pick from Stanford rushed for two touchdowns in a 27-10 road victory. Enlarge photo

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Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch got a hand up in Mike McGlynn’s face, but Andrew Luck survived the primetime pressure Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla. The rookie No. 1 draft pick from Stanford rushed for two touchdowns in a 27-10 road victory.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Indianapolis Colts became the latest team to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, winning 27-10 on Thursday night behind two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

Darius Butler returned an interception for a score as the Colts (6-3) won their fourth consecutive game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jaguars (1-8) have lost six in a row.

The Colts had cause for concern after an emotional victory four days earlier, one in which cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano delivered a passionate, postgame speech in the locker room. Interim coach Bruce Arians was worried the team might crash from the emotional high.

Not even close.

Indianapolis scored on three consecutive possessions in the first half, opening a 17-0 lead that started emptying the stands at EverBank Field.

Luck, coming off an NFL rookie record 433 yards passing against Miami, wasn’t quite as sharp. He didn’t need to be, though. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards.

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