8:00 PM ET, August 3, 2008
Fawcett Stadium, Canton, OH
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A day after a couple of old Redskins were honored, a couple of new ones put a fitting capper on Hall of Fame weekend.Rookie Colt Brennan threw two touchdown passes in the second half, leading new Washington coach Jim Zorn and the Redskins to a 30-16 victory over Indianapolis in Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game.Winning seemed like an appropriate tribute to two of the Redskins' most revered players, Art Monk and Darrell Green, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame along with former Kansas City cornerback and Redskins assistant coach Emmitt Thomas on Saturday. The other inductees were linebacker Andre Tippett, tackle Gary Zimmerman and defensive end Fred Dean."Taking my first snap, I went to the line, took a deep breath and thought to myself, 'Just have fun out here tonight,' " Brennan said. "And I had a lot of fun."So did the huge contingent of Washington fans who turned Fawcett Stadium into a makeshift version of FedEx Field.The debuts of Zorn and Brennan produced exactly what the Redskins had hoped for -- even if it was a meaningless preseason game.Zorn, who replaced retired Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, wanted to use the league's preseason opener to get in sync with his coaches and players. He did better than that. His team scored the final 21 points.And Brennan, the former Hawaii quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist, was nearly flawless. He was 9-of-10 for 123 yards with two touchdowns and a near perfect quarterback rating of 157.5."More than his throws, what I was pleased with is how he was looking to the right guy when he was backpedaling," said Zorn, a former NFL quarterback. "He knew the plays, knew the routes. He should feel very good about his performance."Indy played without seven starters including injured two-time league MVP Peyton Manning, 2007 defensive player of the year Bob Sanders, former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney and record-setting receiver Marvin Harrison. They also lost Pro Bowl running back Joseph Addai with a head injury after their second offensive play.Coach Tony Dungy pulled the rest of his starters after one series. Jim Sorgi, who replaced Manning, was 7-of-10 for 66 yards before leaving after Indy's 16-play opening drive."I didn't know how long I was going to play, but that first series was a long one," Sorgi said. "Coach said that was enough to get my work in. I was happy to get to play with a lot of the more experienced players."The Redskins were missing all four starting defensive linemen; linebackers London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety LaRon Landry.Aside from Brennan, it wasn't pretty.
Highlights from the Redskins 30-16 victory over the Colts at the 2008 Hall of Fame game.
Washington remained perfect in Hall of Fame Games, improving its all-time record to 5-0. ... Indianapolis has not won a preseason opener since 2004. ... Colts rookie Mike Hart ran four times for 53 yards, an average of 13.3. ... Mason and Rock Cartwright were the only Redskins to carry the ball. Mason ran 18 times for 98 yards, while Rock Cartwright carried 13 times for 58 yards. ... Two of Washington's tackles were injured. Stephon Heyer sprained a knee, and Todd Wade sprained his ankle.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.6||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||13:43||Antwaan Randle El 20 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick)||0||7|
|FG||06:55||Adam Vinatieri 26 Yd||3||7|
|SF||09:01||Ball Through End Zone||3||9|
|TD||05:57||Onrea Jones 30 Yd Pass From Quinn Gray (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||10||9|
|FG||00:00||Adam Vinatieri 24 Yd||13||9|
|FG||10:44||Adam Crossett 28 Yd||16||9|
|TD||05:51||Maurice Mann 20 Yd Pass From Colt Brennan (Shaun Suisham Kick)||16||16|
|TD||10:22||Marcus Mason 5 Yd Pass From Colt Brennan (Shaun Suisham Kick)||16||23|
|TD||01:50||Matterral Richardson 38 Yd Interception Return (Shaun Suisham Kick)||16||30|