As anticipated, a majority of the Redskins’ starters on offense and defense played into the second half for the first time this preseason in today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
After an action-packed first half that featured the showdown between highly-touted rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, the Redskins took over in the third quarter, which ended with the home team leading 23-7.
Also, say what you want about the hype of today’s game between Griffin III and Luck, but the star of the game has actually been Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris, who eclipsed 100 yards rushing on the Redskins first drive of the third quarter.
He topped the century mark, by the way, on an impressive 24-yard scamper — his longest of the game — and finished his day with 14 rushes for 107 yards and a touchdown. That’s 7.6 yards per carry — uh, that’s pretty good.
The Redskins’ defense also made its presence known in the third quarter, as backup outside linebacker Chris Wilson forced a safety by tracking down Colts’ backup quarterback Chandler Harnish in the end zone for the sack, making the score 16-7 in favor of the Redskins with 8:51 remaining in the period.
Redskins veteran quarterback Rex Grossman took over the offense from that point as both team’s second and third teams began to get onto the field. Griffin III finished the game completing 11-of-17 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown. He had a QB rating of 93.8.
The Redskins linebackers continued their strong effort in the period, as Markus White made an athletic play to jump and bat down a pass with both hands — nearly intercepting the pass — and Lorenzo Alexander had a drive-ending sack.
Grossman also led a successful touchdown drive as the third quarter came to an end, highlighted by a 13-yard pass to receiver Joshua Morgan. It was a five-play, 52-yard drive that took 2:21 off the clock.
Prior to the connection with Morgan, Grossman on that drive had completed passes to Terrence Austin (17 yards), Dorson Boyce (four yards) and Anthony Armstrong (11 yards).
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