Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'We Got Our Butts Kicked' ; RAMS 38, COLTS 8 Rams Rookie Tears Apart Colts' Defense, Special Teams

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'We Got Our Butts Kicked' ; RAMS 38, COLTS 8 Rams Rookie Tears Apart Colts' Defense, Special Teams

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INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Pagano ditched his usually upbeat routine Sunday. Instead, he was angry, terse and he even cursed. After the Indianapolis Colts coach watched St. Louis rookie Tavon Austin ravage his defense and punt coverage team for 310 combined yards and three long touchdowns in the Rams' 38-8 rout Sunday, Pagano succinctly summed up the lost afternoon.

"We got our butts kicked," he said.

This was not just another loss for the AFC South leaders.

It was the second straight game that Indianapolis (6-3) was completely ineffective on offense with receiver Reggie Wayne out with a season-ending knee injury.

And this time, the defense wasn't much better. Austin made the Colts look silly on TD catches of 57 and 81 yards - the two longest pass plays of Kellen Clemens' eight-year NFL career.

Austin also scored on a 98-yard punt return when most of the Colts seemingly stopped, waiting for the kick to be downed. He snatched the bouncing ball and raced down the sideline for a touchdown, all part of Indy's worst home loss since a 31-0 shellacking by San Diego in November 1993.

The Colts still have a two-game lead over Tennessee, thanks to Jacksonville's surprise win, and Indy can increase it with a win Thursday night in Nashville.

"You want to get back out there and get that taste out of your mouth," said quarterback

Andrew Luck, who has never lost two in a row in the NFL. "We need to get back on the field and right our wrongs. Absolve our sins, if you will."

Nobody did more against Indy this season - or any time recently - than Austin, who returned four punts for 145 yards and scored on touchdown passes of 57 and 81 yards, his only two catches of the day. He also returned one kickoff for 27 yards.

Austin's one-man show started when he backed up and waved off teammates as Pat McAfee's punt sailed deep into Rams territory. …

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