You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Colts/NFL

  • NFL preview capsule: Kansas City at Oakland
    Records: Chiefs (7-3), Raiders (0-10) When: 8:25 p.m. today TV: NFL Network Series record: Chiefs lead 57-51-2 Last meeting:
  • Cribbs hopes to stick with Colts
    Josh Cribbs insists there’s plenty of tread left on his wheels – perhaps even more than his recently repaired car.
  • Rushing to center stage
    Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray.
Advertisement

Inman’s 70-yard TD catch spurs Bolts over ’Boys

SAN DIEGO – Kellen Clemens and Dontrelle Inman had impressive debuts with the San Diego Chargers.

Clemens, the new backup quarterback, threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Inman in the third quarter and the Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 Thursday night in an exhibition opener.

Inman, who played in the CFL the last two seasons, beat single coverage down the right sideline and was gone to give San Diego a 17-7 lead.

Clemens signed as a free agent in March to serve as backup to Philip Rivers after Charlie Whitehurst left for Tennessee. Clemens spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a backup to starter Sam Bradford. He started the last nine games after Bradford went down with a knee injury.

After Inman scored, the Chargers got the ball right back on a strip sack by Thomas Keiser and recovery by Damik Scafre. Kerwynn Williams scored on a 1-yard run two plays later to make it 24-7.

Rivers played just the opening series, completing all four passes for 61 yards.

That drive ended when Ryan Mathews, who has a history of fumbling, lost the ball as he tried to go over the pile and into the end zone. Dallas’ Terrance Mitchell recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Brandon Weeden, making his Cowboys debut, finished the ensuing drive by weathering a big hit and completing a 4-yard scoring pass to James Hanna, who pulled it in while falling to the ground in the back of the end zone.

With Tony Romo sitting out to rest his surgically repaired back, Weeden started and played the first half. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 107 yards. He signed with Dallas after spending two seasons with Cleveland.

Caleb Hanie took over for Weeden on the Cowboys’ first drive of the second half.

Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver scored on a 16-yard run for San Diego in the second quarter.

Advertisement