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Former USF RB Marlon Mack helps lead Colts to playoff win Saturday

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The Indianapolis Colts continued their late-season roll and a former USF Bull helped spearhead their upset playoff win in Houston Saturday. Second year running back Marlon Mack from USF helped pull off the upset with a Colts playoff franchise record 148 yards and a second quarter touchdown, as the Colts jumped out to a quick 14 – 0 lead and never looked back.

Mack became the first ever Bull to score a touchdown in a postseason game, and also the first to have a 100-yard rushing game, as well. The Bulls history making score came on this handoff in the second quarter:

As we wrote earlier on Saturday, Mack has been coming on strong in his second season, as this was his third 100-yard game in the Colts last four outings – all victories.

Yes, Andrew Luck piloted the Colts to that big lead throwing 19-32 for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but Mack was equally as valuable pounding Houston between the tackles including runs like this:

The all-time leading rusher in USF history, who had 20 100-yard games in his Bulls career, appears to be peeking at just the right time for Indianapolis. The Colts drafted Mack two years ago in the 4th round, and he had only minimal impact in 2017 with just 358 yards rushing and three TD’s. However, he is clearly their feature back, now, as first year head coach Frank Reich continues to emphasize the run for Indy

The Colts were playing in their first playoff game since losing the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriiots in 2014. And, with the win, Mack and his teammates will now travel to number one seed Kansas City for a Saturday afternoon Showdown with the Chiefs.

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