T.Y. Hilton often finds his accomplishments dwarfed by those of fellow Indianapolis Colts rookie Andrew Luck.
Not Sunday. Not after returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown and scoring a second on an 8-yard pass from Luck in the Colts’ 20-13 victory against Buffalo at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The team’s smallest player (5-foot-9, 183 pounds) played impressively large at a time when his team needed him most.
Following this past week’s 59-24 loss at New England, the Colts with so many first- and second-year players ran the risk of being emotionally deflated. But with head coach Chuck Pagano studying every snap from the coach’s box at Lucas Oil Stadium, it was Hilton who helped push the Colts to 7-4 on the season.
“I think T.Y. just keeps getting better every day. You can see it. He plays confident. He plays fast, and that goes for all the young guys,” Luck said. “They’re playing fast, and when so much attention is attracted to Reggie (Wayne), I think T.Y. is starting to thrive on that.”
Hilton finished the game with three receptions for 33 yards and the score. His punt return is what set the tone, Hilton hauling in Shawn Powell’s 48-yard punt at his own 25, finding a crease along the right side and then applying the afterburners to put Indianapolis on top 7-0 barely five minutes into the game.
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