Andrew Luck set another rookie record on Sunday.
With his eighth win of the season, he surpassed St. Louis’ Sam Bradford for the most victories by a quarterback taken No. 1 overall in his debut season since 1970.
Luck also threw for 391 yards to pass Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan and Bradford on the all-time rookie passing list. With 3,596 yards this season, Luck now ranks third all-time behind Peyton Manning (3,739) and Cam Newton (4,051) with four games left in the regular season.
Luck also set career highs with four touchdown passes and a 60-yard completion to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton finished with six catches for 100 yards to break tie with Andre Rison and set the franchise rookie record with his fourth 100-yard receiving game.
Rookie tight end Coby Fleener and rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill also recorded their first career receiving touchdowns during the contest, and rookie running back Vick Ballard scored the first rushing touchdown of his career.
CUTTING IT CLOSE: The Colts improved to 7-1 this season in games decided by one score or less.
This win marked the first time Indianapolis has won on the final play of regulation since Sept. 30, 1990, when Jack Trudeau threw a 6-yard pass to Bill Brooks at Philadelphia.
The victory also was the franchise’s fourth straight against the Lions, matching a streak led by legendary Johnny Unitas in 1958-59.
BRUCE ALMIGHTY: Arians won his seventh game in relief of head coach Chuck Pagano, who continues his fight against leukemia.
The Colts’ leader now ranks third in NFL history for wins by an in-season replacement. Hamp Pool won nine games with the 1952 L.A. Rams, and Wally Lemm matched that total with the 1961 Houston Oilers.
Don Coryell led the San Diego Chargers to eight wins in 1978.
“Don’t care about the stats,” Arians said. “The only stat that matters is No. 8 (wins). We’ve got a fighting bunch of guys, and we’ve got a fighting coach at home.”
Andrew Luck set another rookie record on Sunday.
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NBA D-league team proposed for Wigwam
The Wigwam gymnasium could become the home of an NBA development league if plans proceed from a former area basketball coach. "We have a plan for the Wigwam to be used in a lot of different ways," Terry Thimlar said "One of the possibilities would be a D-League team, but it's much more than that. Right now our major focus is to bring it back to life and make it a viable entity."
THB Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year: Ellie Swinney
On a soccer field in Kokomo, Ellie Swinney felt a pop in her right knee — without a second thought she kept playing, but when it popped a second time, career-ending thoughts ran through her mind.
Swinney is a senior at Pendleton Heights and was part of the 2013 girls soccer team that advanced to the sectional title match against Fishers, an experience nearly taken from her on that day in April.
- Ravens fall at Trine The Anderson University men's basketball team lost to Trine University 71-48 on Monday night.
- Richardson leads Lapel in rout A twist of fate might have changed the course of the game Saturday night as the Lapel boys basketball team turned a 15-12 first-quarter lead into an 81-38 trouncing of Elwood.
- Dunham steps up as Arabians run past Delta There were plenty of familiar sights for Pendleton Heights fans during Saturday's boys basketball season opener. The give-and-go was a staple of the offense. The defense was aggressive and persistent. And the leading scorer was a Dunham. Sophomore Kenton Dunham — Kellen's younger brother — scored 21 points in his first varsity start, and the Arabians ran away with a 57-45 victory against Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Delta.|PENDLETON — There were plenty of familiar sights for Pendleton Heights fans during Saturday's boys basketball season opener. The give-and-go was a staple of the offense. The defense was aggressive and persistent. And the leading scorer was a Dunham.
THB Boys Tennis Athlete of the Year: Garrett Fensler
Although Lapel’s Garrett Fensler has only been playing the game of tennis for four short years, he has dedicated himself to the sport and it culminated in him being named The 2013 Herald Bulletin Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
- Angie Colip: Thanksgiving brings back memories and another 300 game Happy Thanksgiving to the bowling community. I hope that all that turkey and pumpkin pie will not hinder your ability to bend those knees at the foul line and throw those strikes.
THB Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Tyler Flood
Just like his sophomore counterpart Alex Buck, Pendleton Heights boys cross country runner Tyler Flood had a solid freshman season that showed promise. Despite not having a full summer of running to prepare for the season, Flood showed strong improvement in his sophomore year to earn The Herald Bulletin’s Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year honor.
Tribe toughs up win in opener at Lapel
Anderson sophomore Thomas Wells didn’t start the first game of his varsity career Tuesday night at Lapel. But he made sure he finished it. Wells scored 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line as the Indians (1-0) found a way to hold off the Bulldogs (0-1) 54-47.
Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Pendleton Heights' Alex Buck
There is an adage for athletes about a “sophomore slump,” where an amazing first season cannot be matched in Year 2.
For Pendleton Heights cross country runner Alex Buck, there is no room for such an adage.
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