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NFL notes: Former WKU star Andrews scores first career TD; two ex-Cards reach end zone

The Titans' Antonio Andrews (26), who didn't have an NFL carry before Sunday's game, scored on an 8-yard run against the Colts.
The Titans' Antonio Andrews (26), who didn't have an NFL carry before Sunday's game, scored on an 8-yard run against the Colts. AP

Former Western Kentucky star running back Antonio Andrews — who didn't get a carry during his rookie season in 2014 and missed the Tennessee Titans' first two games this year with a hamstring injury — ran for 49 yards on 12 carries and scored on an eight-yard run in the team's 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Nashville.

Andrews, who was Kentucky's Mr. Football in 2009 while at Fort Campbell, also had one catch for 12 yards. His 12 carries were a team-high with Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster getting five apiece.

"Hope there's many more to come," Andrews said. "It felt good. I haven't really played a game like this since my senior year in college."

"Antonio had a good (training) camp," Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It was disappointing that he hadn't been able to go the last couple of weeks. We had packages in each week that go with different guys and his were working today. So, that's the way it goes. If we continue to move the football like we're doing, after the first two series, it doesn't really matter to me who's running it. But, Antonio I thought did a nice job today."

The Titans scored 27 unanswered points before the Colts rallied in the fourth quarter.

"The offense was doing good and the defense was doing good," Andrews said, "but we didn't come down on the right side of this one. Just got to get back to work."

■ Former University of Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson led the Titans with eight tackles. Four of those were solo. Fellow ex-Cat Wesley Woodyard had one tackle.

■ Another former Hilltopper, tight end Jack Doyle, had three catches for 32 yards for Indianapolis.

■ Harry Douglas (Louisville) had three catches for 20 yards for Tennessee.

Ex-Cards reach end zone

■ Former University of Louisville tight end Gary Barnidge had six catches for 105 yards, including a 28-yard TD, in the Cleveland Browns' 27-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

"I was following the gameplan," Barnidge said. "I think all the other guys that were running their routes were getting me open."

The Browns fell behind 20-3 before making a game of it.

"Everybody just didn't come to play right away," Barnidge said. "That's the toughest part because we did it throughout the whole week. Then once we started to get it going, it was too late."

■ Preston Brown had two interceptions, including one he returned 43 yards for a TD, in the Buffalo Bills' 41-14 rout of Miami. The second-year linebacker out of Louisville had seven tackles, including one for a loss, to go with two passes defended.

The Dolphins' DeVante Parker (Ballard, Louisville) had three catches for 46 yards.

Other highlights

■ Danny Trevathan (UK) made four tackles in the Denver Broncos' 24-12 win at Detroit.

■ Jacob Tamme (Boyle County, UK) had one catch for eight yards, but had to leave the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit on that play in the Atlanta Falcons' 39-28 victory against Dallas.

■ Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Bud Dupree (UK) had two tackles in the team's 12-6 win against the St. Louis Rams. William Gay (Louisville) added five tackles.

■ Stevie Johnson (UK) had three catches for 46 yards in the San Diego Chargers' 31-14 loss to Minnesota.

■Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) was held to 121 passing yards, no TDs and one interception in the Vikings' win. Charles Johnson (Lloyd Memorial) had one catch for nine yards.

■ Baltimore Ravens rookie pass rusher Za'Darius Smith (UK) had one solo tackle in the team's 28-24 loss to Cincinnati. Elvis Dumervil (Louisville) had two tackles, including his first quarterback sack of the season.

■ Bilal Powell (Louisville) had 10 carries for 31 yards and seven catches for 44 yards in the New York Jets' 24-17 loss to Philadelphia. Teammate and fellow former Cardinal Calvin Pryor had six tackles.

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