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             === Luck wins rookie battle as Colts down Dolphins ===
 
 Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck threw for an NFL rookie-record
 433  yards  and  won  the  battle with  fellow  first-round  draft  pick  Ryan
 Tannehill,  as  the Indianapolis Colts  earned a  23-20 victory over the Miami
 Dolphins in a battle of surprising teams at Lucas Oil Stadium.
 
 Neither  team was expected  to be over .500 entering Week 9 of the NFL season,
 especially  with rookie quarterbacks at the helm. Only one team left the field
 with  a  winning record, however, as  the Colts (5-3) won their third straight
 and the Dolphins (4-4) had a three-game win streak stopped.
 
 Luck,  the top pick in April's draft, completed 30-of-48 passes with a pair of
 touchdowns for the Colts and directed a 13-play, 69-yard drive that ended with
 a 43-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri that provided the winning margin with
 5:58 remaining.
 
 Tannehill,  selected  eighth overall,  finished 22-of-38 for  290 yards with a
 touchdown in defeat. He was a question mark entering the contest after missing
 most  of last  week's win  over the  New York  Jets with  knee and  quadriceps
 injuries.
 
 With the game tied at 20-20 early in the fourth quarter, the Colts were pinned
 at  their own  five and faced 3rd-and-11. Luck, though, found Dwayne Allen for
 20  yards and hit the rookie tight end again for 20 more to put the Colts near
 midfield.
 
 On 3rd-and-3 soon after, Luck was being brought down for a sack but managed to
 get  the ball to Reggie Wayne for six yards to pick up yet another first down.
 Miami's  Reshad Jones kept Luck from another third-down conversion a few plays
 later with a deflection, setting up Vinatieri's kick for the lead.
 
 The  Dolphins  were unable to  convert 3rd-and-6  on their next possession and
 punted  the ball back to the Colts with just under four minutes remaining, but
 the  Miami defense finally stopped Luck on third down -- nearly coming up with
 an  interception that  would have put them  in field goal range -- and got the
 ball back with 2:39 left after a punt.
 
 Marcus  Thigpen's long return to the Miami 46 was negated by a holding penalty
 and  forced  the Dolphins  to start  from their own  17. They reached midfield
 before a penalty forced them back and Tannehill's pass on 4th-and-15 came up a
 yard shy, allowing the Colts to run out the clock.
 
 Indianapolis  racked up  516 yards of total offense and dominated a Miami team
 that  entered  the contest  with the  best third-down defense  in the NFL. The
 Colts  were 13-of-19  on third down, including Vick Ballard's 19-yard run on a
 3rd-and-7 that ended the contest.
 
 "We're  used  to getting a couple  of three-and-outs," Dolphins head coach Joe
 Philbin said. "It's a different feeling when teams convert (on third down) 68-
 percent of the time."
 
 It was another emotional win for the Colts, as head coach Chuck Pagano watched
 the  game from the  coaches' box. Pagano was back at Lucas Oil Stadium for the
 first time since being diagnosed with leukemia in late September.
 
 "Chuck  was good enough to speak to the team before the game, and obviously we
 had  a great  locker room  moment with  him," Colts  interim head  coach Bruce
 Arians said.
 
 The  Colts marched to  the Miami 25 with the game's first possession and lined
 up  for a field  goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed them back five yards
 and Vinatieri missed wide right from 48 yards away.
 
 Miami  went  the other way and  grabbed a 3-0  lead on a 37-yard Dan Carpenter
 kick,  but the  Colts quickly drove for a go-ahead touchdown. Luck converted a
 trio  of third downs  on the series, including a 25-yard pass on 3rd-and-14. A
 32-yard pass interference penalty then set up Luck's 9-yard TD strike to Wayne
 for a 7-3 lead in the final minute of the opening quarter.
 
 Tannehill  put  Miami in  Indianapolis territory  on the  first play after the
 kickoff  with a  35-yard pass  to Brian  Hartline and  four plays  later found
 fullback  Charles  Clay with a  31-yard TD  toss for a  10-7 edge early in the
 second quarter.
 
 Luck followed Tannehill's lead with a 48-yard pass on the first play after the
 next  kickoff  and the Colts reached  the Miami five before Vinatieri booted a
 tying 23-yard field goal.
 
 The Dolphins soon after regained the lead with a 9-play, 80-yard series. After
 Miami  offensive  tackle Jake Long  recovered a  Tannehill fumble on the first
 play,  Reggie Bush caught  a 19-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive
 and finished it with an 18-yard TD burst to make it 17-10.
 
 Vinatieri  had  a 54-yard field goal  try blocked by Miami's Olivier Vernon on
 Indy's  next possession  and  the first  punt  of the  day  followed when  the
 Dolphins  were unable to pick up a long third down. Luck still had just over a
 minute  on the clock and marched the Colts from his own 13 for a 47-yard field
 goal  from Vinatieri to  make it 17-13 at the break. T.Y. Hilton had a sure TD
 pass go off his fingertips prior to the kick.
 
 Hilton  made up for  the miss with a 36-yard touchdown catch late in the third
 quarter.  Luck converted  a  pair of  third downs  during  the scoring  march,
 including  a  19-yard connection with  LaVon Brazill on 3rd-and-16, then threw
 the  ball up  for grabs into the  end zone for Hilton, who outleaped two Miami
 defenders to make the TD catch for a 20-17 advantage.
 
 The Dolphins answered with a 31-yard field goal from Carpenter to tie the game
 early in the fourth quarter.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Luck  reached  the 300-yard plateau  for the  fourth time this season, joining
 former  Colts  star Peyton Manning as  the only rookies to accomplish the feat
 ... Carolina's Cam Newton held the previous rookie mark for passing yards with
 432,  set last  Sept. 18 against Green  Bay ... Hilton had six catches for 102
 yards,  Avery hauled  in five  passes for  108 and  Wayne finished  with seven
 receptions  for 78  yards ... Hartline was Miami's leading receiver with eight
 catches  for 107  yards ...  Bush  managed only  41  yards on  10 carries  ...
 Indianapolis  improved to 4-1  at home this season ... Each of the Colts' five
 wins have come by six points or less ... Miami's Cameron Wake picked up a sack
 in  the third  quarter and has at  least one in five straight games ... Vernon
 also  blocked a  field goal  last week  and was  the AFC's  top special  teams
 performer.
 
 11/04 20:08:06 ET