News and Notes from Rams blowout win over Indianapolis
By Elizabeth Eisele
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 10: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) By Andy Lyons
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 10: Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams makes the sack on Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) By Michael Hickey
(FootballSTL) -- The Rams reached a number of team milestones in their 38-8 win over the Colts. Here are some interesting numbers from the game:
The Rams 38-8 win marks the Rams largest margin of victory since the Rams defeated the Falcons, 36-0, on October 13, 2003.
The victory marks Coach Fisher’s 153 career win, he remains one win behind Tom Coughlin (154) as the Giants tallied a win today as well.
QB Kellen Clemens completed nine-of-16 attempts for 247 yards two touchdown and a passer rating of 140.6, a new career high.
Clemens established a new career long on a 57 yard touchdown pass to WR Tavon Austin, then topped it on an 81-yard pass also to Austin.
WR/PR Tavon Austin notched a 98 yard punt return for a touchdown. The play ties for the third longest punt return of all-time in the NFL, behind the Rams’ own Robert Bailey’s 103 yard return, the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson’s 99-yard return and ties with the Eagles’ Demarius Thomas’ return.
The 98 yard return marks the second longest punt return in franchise history, behind Robert Bailey’s 103 yard return at New Orleans (10/23/94).
Austin’s 145 punt return yards are the second-most in a single game in franchise history.
Austin recorded a second score on a 57-yard reception from Clemens. Marked Austin’s third offensive touchdown of his career.
Austin came up with his third score of the day on a career-long 81-yard touchdown reception from Clemens. Marks the Rams’ longest play from scrimmage this season.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Austin is the first Rams player with two touchdowns of 57-plus yards in game since Torry Holt in 2000 (First player in NFL with two touchdowns of 57-plus yards in game in 2013).
Austin finished with 314 all-purpose yards (145 punt return, 138 receiving, 27 kickoff return and four yards rushing).
According to Elias Sports, Austin is the third player in NFL history with three touchdowns of 55 yards or longer in a game.
The last time the Rams had a player with three touchdowns was RB Steven Jackson vs. Dallas (10/19/08).
RB Zac Stacy registered a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Gives Stacy back-to-back games with at least one rushing touchdown. Stacy has tallied three-of-three rushing scores for the Rams. Stacy finished with 26 attempts for 62 yards.
DE Robert Quinn sacked Colts’ QB Andrew Luck for a loss of 13 yards, causing him to fumble. DE Chris Long picked up the fumble and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Marks Long’s first career touchdown.
Quinn added a second sack on Luck to push his season total to 12.0 sacks this season, setting a new season-high. Last year Quinn finished with 10.5 sacks.
C. Long tallied a sack on Luck for a loss of nine yards. Gives Long 6.5 sacks this season and 48.5 career.
LB James Laurinaitis intercepted Luck and returned it nine yards. Marks his second interception of the season and ninth career.
LB Will Witherspoon recorded his first interception of the season and 14th career.
DE Will Hayes intercepted Luck for his first interception of the season.
The Rams’ four interceptions are a single game high for the 2013 season.
According to press box statistics, Laurinaitis and CB Cortland Finnegan split the team lead in tackles each posting eight a piece.
The Rams defense has collected 32 sacks and 26 points this season.
The Rams defense limited the Colts to 18 rushing yards, the fourth lowest total in franchise history. Previously, the Rams held opponents to 1 (Chicago, 10/26/52), 6 (NYG, 11/12/89), and 8 (NYG, 9/30/84) yards rushing in a single game. Through the first three quarters, the Rams limited the Colts rushing attack to just five yards.
The Rams allowed the Colts to convert just two-of- 12 third downs.