The biggest cheer of the day had nothing to do with the scrimmage being played at Colt's training camp in Anderson. That of course was saved for the entrance of Peyton Manning, who is still rehabbing off season neck surgery. Manning watched from the sideline as the defense squared off against the offense in a two touch scrimmage.

The game was won by the defense 27-20 with the scores for both sides starting at 14. The offense recieved three points for a field goal, six for a touchdown, and one for an extra point going along with normal NFL rules. The defense received seven points for a takeaway, three points for a forced fumble, and one point for forcing a punt.

Despite his side losing, Curtis Painter was sharp behind center in his effort to secure the backup role. The former Purdue Boilermaker completed 16 of his 26 passes for 182 yards.

"I think it's getting better. I just come out every day and try to build on something from the day before," he said.

Painter was on the same page as reciever Austin Collie, who is looking to prove he can stay healthy. Collie constantly created space for himself over the middle and finished with six receptions for 72 yards.

"He did a great job and caught the ball well today," said Painter.

The speedy wide receiver will be counted on this year as one of the main targets next to Reggie Wayne. Collie proved how valuable he can be last season and the Colts realized how much they need him once his season ended due to multiple concussions.

When asked about any hesitation going over the middle Collie spoke with confidence saying, " No, you can't think about that or you're going to be having some issues."

Painter helped lead the offense down the field and set up two field goals by kicker Pat McAfee, one from 38 yards out and the other from 28 yards out.

The most impressive play of the game came with the offense driving inside the ten yard line on the cusp of a tocuhdown. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky targeted running back Devin Moore with a pass that was broken up with a hard hit from linebacker Ernie Sims. His tackle was the second considerably hard hit of the scrimmage and elicited a reaction from the fans. The pass was deflected by Justin Tyron and scooped up by safety Melvin Bullitt before hitting the ground allowing Bullitt to dash all the way to the other end zone.

"We practice finishing, getting to the ball, running into the end zone and just having fun," said Bullitt.

There is a long way to go before the team will be ready for their first real game. Having such a short amount of time makes everything more difficult for players and coaches, but it is a challenge that every NFL team is facing. Coach Jim Caldwell sees many ways to improve, but was generally happy with the performance of his players in the scrimmage.

"I think things went pretty well; we started out trying to work through our substitutions and we have a little bit of work to do in that area," he said. "Overall I think things operated fairly smoothly."

Players signed autographs for fans after the scrimmage before returning to the locker room. Of course, Manning was the most sought after player and stayed for a considerable amount of time trying to sign for as many fans as possible. The reality of a shortened pre season is becoming evident. The Colts have their first pre season game on August 13th against the Rams and their star quarterback has yet to practice.