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Roethlisberger's long TD pass to Wallace gives Steelers 10-0 lead over Colts after 1st quarter
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' Ben Roethlisberger's 81-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace helped the Pittsburgh Steelers take a 10-0 lead over the Indianapolis Colts at the end of the first quarter on Sunday night.
Wallace, one of the league's fastest players, ran right down the middle of the field and past the entire Colts secondary. Wallace caught the pass from Roethlisberger in stride and scored easily to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead with 3:29 left in the period.
Roethlisberger completed 7 of 11 passes for 171 yards in the quarter while Wallace caught three passes for 129 yards and a score.
Pittsburgh moved 50 yards on its opening possession, and Shaun Suisham finished it with a 48-yard field goal.
The Steelers haven't allowed a point for the past five quarters.
It was Indy's third game without quarterback Peyton Manning. The four-time MVP is out after having his third neck surgery Sept. 8. Manning was in the coaches' box during the game after being seen walking around Indy's practice fields last week.
The Colts played in front of an unusually large visiting crowd. Steelers black and gold was sprinkled throughout Lucas Oil Stadium, and in many places, there was more than a sprinkle. Pittsburgh fans waved their terrible towels, and Indianapolis fans in turn waved white towels.
The Colts are 0-2 for the first time in 13 seasons after losses to Houston and Cleveland. Their struggling offense produced two touchdowns in the first two weeks. Kerry Collins, Indy's 38-year-old quarterback, started despite being hobbled in practice last week with a sore throwing shoulder.
Things didn't start much better for Collins against the Steelers. He completed 5 of 11 passes for 43 yards in the opening quarter. Indianapolis started its possessions at its 10-, 15- and 25-yard lines.