Third-string running back Tommy Vigorito raced 33 yards on a pitchout for a third-quarter touchdown today that enabled the Miami Dolphins to defeat the Baltimore Colts, 24-20.
The game raised the defending AFC East champs' record to 2-0, and marked the second straight narrow loss for the Colts under first-year Coach Frank Kush.
The Dolphins had opened a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard dive by David Woodley and a four-yard scoring pass from Woodley to tight end Bruce Hardy.
The Colts took a 17-14 halftime lead on a 53-yard pass from rookie Mike Pagel to Ray Butler, a 51-yard field goal by Mike Wood, and a botched field goal attempt that Wood turned into a five-yard touchdown by throwing to linebacker Barry Krauss in the end zone.
The Dolphins took control again in the third quarter on Vigorito's 33-yard score and a 29-yard field goal by Uwe van Schamann, but the Colts closed to 24-20 on Wood's second field goal, a 48-yarder with 10 minutes remaining.
Miami's defense was able to stop the Colts the rest of the way to secure the victory as the Colts fell to 0-2.
Vigorito's touchdown was set up by a 35-yard pass interference call on the Colts' Nesby Glasgow.
Trailing, 14-0, the Colts came on in the second quarter to move from their 12 to the 47, where Pagle threw 10 yards downfield to Butler, who evaded three would-be tacklers and ran to a touchdown.
The next time the Colts got the ball, they moved from their 40 to the Miami 34, where Wood kicked the 51-yard field goal. The drive included two 12-yard gains by Zachary Dixon.
On the next play from scrimmage, Nathan fumbled and rookie linebacker Johnie Cooks recovered on the Miami 22. The Colts struggled to the Miami five-yard line and on fourth down, Wood set up to kick a field goal. Holder Rohn Stark fumbled the snap and Wood picked up the ball, ran to his right and threw the ball back to his left, finding Krauss -- who had lined up at end for the field goal try -- in the end zone.
The Dolphins drove for touchdowns the first two times they got the ball.