EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Shonn Greene hit the ground running and just kept going.
Rex Ryan’s ‘‘Ground and Pound’’ offense returned in a big way Sunday as Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries to power the New York Jets to a 35-9 rout of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
‘‘When you’re running the ball that well,’’ quarterback Mark Sanchez said, ‘‘you never want to stop.’’
Just about everything worked for the Jets as they rolled up 252 yards on the ground after struggling in the running game for weeks. Sanchez was solid and Tim Tebow made a few big plays. Even the Jets’ maligned defense was able to shut down Luck and the Colts as New York snapped a two-game slide at home.
‘‘We want to be a team no one wants to play,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘And, we’re on our way.’’
For a week, at least, Sanchez was in total control and the Jets (3-3) had their best overall performance — save for a handful of personal-foul penalties — since an opening rout of Buffalo. After four straight games with a completion rate of less than 50 percent, Sanchez finished 11 of 18 for just 82 yards, but had touchdown throws to Stephen Hill and Jason Hill.
‘‘Wins come in all shapes and forms,’’ Sanchez said. ‘‘I was proud of the way we were able to run the ball.’’
Luck finished 22 of 44 for 280 yards, with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Luck was driving the Colts (2-3) to a possible touchdown with less than seven minutes left, but Ellis Lankster intercepted the rookie in the end zone.