Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

IND
19
PIT
15
FINAL
1234T
IND 760619
PIT 339015

Game Information
Location: Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 50,039

PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Tolzien has spent most of training camp watching Stephen Morris inch closer and closer in the race to be the Week 1 Colts starting quarterback if Andrew Luck's surgically repaired right shoulder doesn't heal in time.

Tolzien may have provided just enough breathing room to get the nod in a 19-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.

Tolzien led a pair of long scoring drives while completing 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards against Pittsburgh's first-team defense. Morris finished 12 of 16 for 143 yards after coming in, mostly against the backups.

"Felt like we started fast," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

Which was something Tolzien and the rest of the first-team offense needed to do following ineffective play last week against Dallas. He hit Donte Moncrief for a 55-yard gain on the Colts' first snap, setting up a 1-yard Frank Gore touchdown run. Tolzien also threw an interception in three series of work.

"There's going to be times when you're not clicking or not starting games fast," Tolzien said. "You can't let that keep you down. If you do that, you'll just bury yourself. It's good that we had a better start tonight."

Morris again had the better overall numbers, going 12 of 16 for 143 yards. Like Tolzien, Morris guided Indianapolis to a pair of scores. Indianapolis converted 5 of 11 third downs, a marked improvement after going 5 for 30 on third down.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was "ready for the regular season" after working a pair of series in his lone exhibition appearance. Roethlisberger completed 6 of 9 passes for 73 yards but also fumbled while getting sacked by linebacker John Simon to end Pittsburgh's first drive. Pittsburgh settled for Chris Boswell's 36-yard field goal on their second series when the offense bogged down inside the Indianapolis 20.

"We'd like to put seven points on the board both times, but it was good," Roethlisberger said. "We got done what we wanted to accomplish."

Wide receiver Antonio Brown caught two passes for 28 yards, including a twisting over-the-middle grab. Like Roethlisberger he took the night off after the second series, spending a portion of the down time running 40-yard dashes during timeouts.

Roethlisberger and Brown's roles are assured when the Steelers open the 2017 season in Cleveland in two weeks, a common thread for a team expected to challenge for a Super Bowl berth. The same can't be said for Indianapolis, which could start the season in flux without Luck, whose right shoulder has been slow to mend from offseason surgery.

Steelers backup Landry Jones completed 21 of31 passes for 163 yards after sitting out the first two games with an abdominal injury. Jones hit tight end Xavier Grimble for a 10-yard score in the third quarter, but was intercepted in the end zone with less than five minutes to go and Pittsburgh trailing.

POSITION BATTLE

The fight to be RB Le'Veon Bell's backup whenever he signs his franchise tender is tightening for Pittsburgh. Rookie James Conner ran for 26 yards on four carries. Former Kansas City Chief Knile Davis finished with 21 yards on seven carries and also caught a pass for 9 yards. Terrell Watson ran for a team-high 40 yards on eight carries.

ROOKIE WATCH

Colts: S Malik Hooker and CB Quincy Wilson both sat out while nursing minor injuries. ... RB Marlon Mack ran for 18 yards on seven carries and added a 17-yard reception.

Steelers: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left briefly in the first half with a left leg issue but returned to catch three passes for 31 yards. ... S Cameron Sutton made his first appearance in a preseason game and finished with three tackles and a pass breakup.

INJURY UPDATE:

Colts: CB Vontae Davis exited with a groin injury in the first half and did not return.

Steelers: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, losing ground in the scramble behind Bell, left with an unspecified left leg injury and did not return.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Steelers
10:46 Frank Gore 1 yd run (Adam Vinatieri kick) 7 0
04:56 Chris Boswell 36 yd FG 7 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Steelers
09:35 Adam Vinatieri 45 yd FG 10 3
03:24 Adam Vinatieri 31 yd FG 13 3
00:06 Chris Boswell 41 yd FG 13 6

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Steelers
09:05 Xavier Grimble 10 yd pass from Landry Jones (missed kick) 13 12
01:33 Chris Boswell 37 yd FG 13 15

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Steelers
09:47 Josh Ferguson 1 yd run (missed kick) 19 15

Team Stats
  Indianapolis Pittsburgh
1st Downs 21 26
Total Yards 326 347
Passing 257 239
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-28 31-47
Yards/Pass 8.9 4.8
Rushing 69 108
Rushing Attempts 25 22
Yards/Rush 2.8 4.9
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 28:37 31:23

Indianapolis Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Stephen Morris 12 16 143 8.9 0 0
Scott Tolzien 7 10 123 12.3 0 1
Phillip Walker 1 2 -1 -0.5 0 0

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Landry Jones 21 31 163 5.3 1 1
Ben Roethlisberger 6 9 73 8.1 0 0
Joshua Dobbs 4 7 24 3.4 0 0

Indianapolis Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Josh Ferguson 11 23 2.1 1 9
Frank Gore 5 23 4.6 1 11
Marlon Mack 7 18 2.6 0 12
Scott Tolzien 1 6 6.0 0 6
Stephen Morris 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Terrell Watson 8 40 5.0 0 10
James Conner 4 26 6.5 0 11
Knile Davis 7 21 3.0 0 11
Trey Williams 1 10 10.0 0 10
Joshua Dobbs 1 9 9.0 0 9
Roosevelt Nix 1 2 2.0 0 2

Indianapolis Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Phillip Dorsett 3 60 20.0 0 32
Donte Moncrief 1 55 55.0 0 55
Bug Howard 2 35 17.5 0 24
Kamar Aiken 2 24 12.0 0 17
Henry Krieger-Coble 1 20 20.0 0 20
Marlon Mack 1 17 17.0 0 17
JoJo Natson Jr. 3 13 4.3 0 8
Fred Brown 1 13 13.0 0 13
Jack Doyle 1 9 9.0 0 9
Quan Bray 1 9 9.0 0 9
Darrell Daniels 3 6 2.0 0 4
Josh Ferguson 1 4 4.0 0 4

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Eli Rogers 5 58 11.6 0 15
Terrell Watson 4 42 10.5 0 22
JuJu Smith-Schuster 3 31 10.3 0 15
Antonio Brown 2 28 14.0 0 15
Xavier Grimble 3 26 8.7 1 10
Martavis Bryant 5 23 4.6 0 13
Jesse James 1 12 12.0 0 12
Phazahn Odom 1 10 10.0 0 10
Cobi Hamilton 1 9 9.0 0 9
Knile Davis 1 9 9.0 0 9
Darrius Heyward-Bey 1 4 4.0 0 4
Fitzgerald Toussaint 1 3 3.0 0 3
David Johnson 1 3 3.0 0 3
Marcus Tucker 1 1 1.0 0 1
Sammie Coates 1 1 1.0 0 1

Indianapolis Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darnell Sankey 8 1 0 0
Nate Hairston 6 0 0 0
Vontae Davis 4 3 0 0
Antonio Morrison 4 2 0 0
Chris Culliver 3 0 0 0
Chris Milton 3 0 0 0
Corey White 3 0 0 0
Matthias Farley 2 0 1 8
T.J. Green 2 1 0 0
Lee Hightower 2 0 0 0
Rashaan Melvin 2 0 0 0
Jabaal Sheard 2 1 0 0
Andrew Williamson 2 0 0 0
Barkevious Mingo 1 0 1 9
John Simon 1 1 1 4
Akeem Ayers 1 0 0 0
Josh Boyd 1 0 0 0
Lavar Edwards 1 0 0 0
Margus Hunt 1 0 0 0
David Parry 1 0 0 0
Tyvis Powell 1 1 0 0
Anthony Walker Jr. 1 2 0 0
Tarell Basham 0 0 0 0
Darius Butler 0 1 0 0
T.Y. McGill 0 1 0 0
Luke Rhodes 0 0 0 0
Brandon Williams 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Vince Williams 4 4 0.5 4
Jordan Dangerfield 3 0 0 0
Jacob Hagen 3 1 0 0
Tyler Matakevich 3 0 0 0
Artie Burns 2 0 0 0
Ross Cockrell 2 0 0 0
Mike Hilton 2 0 0 0
Cameron Sutton 2 1 0 0
Brian Allen 1 1 0 0
Anthony Chickillo 1 3 0 0
Sean Davis 1 0 0 0
Brandon Dixon 1 0 0 0
William Gay 1 0 0 0
Malik Golden 1 2 0 0
Cameron Heyward 1 1 0 0
Arthur Moats 1 0 0 0
Roy Philon 1 2 0 0
Coty Sensabaugh 1 1 0 0
Ryan Shazier 1 0 0 0
Stephon Tuitt 1 0 0 0
Terrish Webb 1 0 0 0
James Harrison 0 1 0.5 4
L.J. Fort 0 0 0 0
Matt Galambos 0 1 0 0
Darrius Heyward-Bey 0 0 0 0
Lavon Hooks 0 2 0 0
Farrington Huguenin 0 0 0 0
Maurkice Pouncey 0 0 0 0
T.J. Watt 0 1 0 0

Indianapolis Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chris Milton 1 0 0

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Ryan Shazier 1 12 0

Indianapolis Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Quan Bray 3 46 15.3 0 20
JoJo Natson Jr. 2 42 21.0 0 23

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Knile Davis 3 61 20.3 0 21
JaCorey Shepherd 1 19 19.0 0 19

Indianapolis Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Quan Bray 1 0 0.0 0 0

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trey Williams 3 10 3.3 0 10

Indianapolis Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Adam Vinatieri 2 2 100.0 45

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chris Boswell 3 3 100.0 41

Indianapolis Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Rigoberto Sanchez 2 103 52
Jeff Locke 2 87 48

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jordan Berry 3 129 49