INDIANAPOLIS — Tavon Austin returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes, almost single-handedly ending the Rams’ three-game losing streak with a stunning 38-8 victory Sunday at Indianapolis.
The smallish receiver caught only two passes, for 138 yards, and averaged 36.0 yards on four punt returns including the one he fooled the Colts’ coverage unit by waving away his teammates and then grabbing the bouncing ball at his own 2-yard line before sprinting down the sideline for a TD.
St. Louis (4-6) won for the first time since Kellen Clemens replaced the injured Sam Bradford. Clemens was 9 of 16 for 247 yards with the two longest pass plays of his NFL career — a 57-yard TD to Austin in the first half and an 81-yarder to Austin in the second half.
Indy (6-3) struggled again without Reggie Wayne. Andrew Luck finished 29 of 47 for 353 yards with one TD and three interceptions.