The Indianapolis Colts had to think they were in line for an easy win against the hapless Oakland Raiders, but they didn’t know what they were getting into with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was making just the second start of his pro career. But the former Ohio State Buckeye had the Colts on their heels the entire game, running and throwing as good as any dual-threat QB in the league, and almost propelled the Raiders to a monumental Week 1 upset.
“He’s a problem,” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. “He’s a very athletic guy. He can make you pay with his arm, too. We were able to get him under control at the very end, that’s all that matters.”
“I’ll tell you, Terrelle Pryor is a stud,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said. “He made some unbelievable plays.”
Despite the loss, Pryor provided hope to a franchise that hasn’t had much in the past decade, and now the Raiders are giving Pryor the full-time gig:
Terrelle Pryor is Raiders starting QB going forward, team said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2013
Pryor will get a chance to keep up this momentum against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars next week.