EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andrew Luck came in, led the Indianapolis Colts to a field goal and then his night was done.
Short and sweet. Just as Chuck Pagano planned.
Luck was sharp in one solid, 12-play series with the starters as the Colts fell to the New York Jets 13-10 in the preseason opener for both teams the night of Aug. 7.
“I thought we had a lot of good rhythm,” Luck said. “I wish we would have gotten a touchdown, but points are good.”
Luck got the Colts to the Jets 10 on the game’s opening drive when he beat a blitz and hit T.Y. Hilton for 17 yards. After a defensive offside call on Calvin Pace put the ball at the 3, Trent Richardson lost 2 yards.
On third-and-goal, the snap by rookie center Jonotthan Harrison — playing after starter Khaled Holmes injured an ankle — floated past Luck’s head for a 16-yard loss. Adam Vinatieri then kicked a 39-yarder to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead.
That was it for Luck, who gave way to veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck. “He actually got a few more (plays) than we planned,” Pagano said.
Hasselbeck helped put the Colts ahead 10-3 early in the second quarter, tossing a swing pass to Daniel Herron, who beat rookie linebacker Jeremiah George and zipped into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard catch by rookie Donte Moncrief, who beat Dimitri Patterson.
Hasselbeck nearly led the Colts to another scoring drive right before halftime, but Vinatieri pushed a 29-yard attempt wide left to keep it tied at 10. Hasselbeck finished 10 of 15 for 114 yards and the score.
“You’ve got to be ready to go at all times,” Hasselbeck said. “I had a sense, though, that after that long drive, (Luck) was probably done.”
Meanwhile, Michael Vick showed he’s still an elusive playmaker, leading the Jets on a tying touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson’s 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
“I fared well,” Vick said. “I did all right. It could’ve been better. I wanted to get some throws down the field, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, let’s see what happens next week.”
Rookie free agent Andrew Furney kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:08 left to put the Jets ahead in a game that appeared headed for overtime. Ikemefuna Enemkpali sacked Chandler Harnish in the closing minute and A.J. Edds recovered the fumble, sealing the win for New York.
“It wasn’t great,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “but it wasn’t a pillow fight, either.”
Geno Smith, looking to retain his starting job with the Jets in his second season, was 4 of 6 for 33 yards in his two series with the first-team offense — including a drive capped by a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk that hit the crossbar and bounced over — before giving way to Vick.
He also had an impressive 10-yard scramble on a read-option. “There’s no grade for it,” Smith said of his performance. “I played two series and did OK, but got to get better.”
A 14-play drive tied it at 10, and while it came mostly against backups on defense, the 34-year-old Vick showed his elusiveness and also converted on fourth-and-4 at the 8, hitting Tommy Bohanon for 6 yards to set up Johnson’s touchdown.
The Jets were also helped by two 15-yard penalties: a facemask on Josh Gordy, and an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Sergio Brown, who took the helmet of Jets lineman Willie Colon and tossed it after Colon and Indianapolis defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton got into it on the field.
“We can’t do those things,” Pagano said. “We can’t beat ourselves like that.” Pendleton left a few plays later with a knee injury.
Vick went three-and-out on his next possession with the Jets’ backups, ending with a sack by Cam Johnson. He took a knee on the final play before halftime, ending his night. Vick was 3 of 6 for 17 yards, and also ran three times for 19 yards.
(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)