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Sunday, November 20, 1988 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 Chicago Bears 27

FIRST SAFETY IN BUCCANEERS HISTORY. The Buccaneers suffered their twelfth consecutive loss to the Bears, as Neal Anderson rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns, and Mike Tomczak threw a 40-yard touchdown to Brad Muster.

The Buccaneers matched up well statistically with the Bears, but were unable to overcome the early deficit due to mistake-prone play and a poor game from Vinny Testaverde. The Bears also had problems with mistakes, committing four turnovers, and giving up a safety due to a bad snap on a punt.

The Buccaneers were able to rush for 168 yards against the Bears' top-ranked defense, more than double the total usually allowed by the Bears. Donald Igwebuike suffered a season-ending groin injury while tackling Dennis Gentry on a third-quarter kickoff return.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 85°F. - Humidity 63% - Wind S.E. 10-15 mph Wind Chill 82°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Gene Barth
    • UMPIRE: Ed Fiffick
    • LINE JUDGE: Ray Dodez
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Frank Glover
    • BACK JUDGE: Bruce Maurer
    • FIELD JUDGE: Ed Merrifield
    • SIDE JUDGE: Gerald Austin
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: Mark Burns
    SCORING
    • BEARS: 10:38-1Q Anderson 1 run (Butler kick)
    • BEARS: 06:59-1Q Anderson 17 run (Butler kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 03:10-1Q Igwebuike FG27
    • BEARS: 06:10-2Q Muster 40 pass from Tomczak (Butler kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:00-2Q Igwebuike FG23
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:22-4Q Safety - Goode downed Wagner in the endzone
    • BEARS: 07:29-4Q Butler FG36
    • BEARS: 02:20-4Q Butler FG43
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:59-4Q Pillow 7 pass from Ferguson (Criswell kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #88 M. Carrier
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LG: #68 R. Mallory
    • C: #60 R. Grimes
    • RG: #69 J. Bruhin
    • RT: #72 R. Taylor
    • TE: #86 C. Magee
    • WR: #84 B. Hill
    • QB: #14 V. Testaverde
    • FB: #43 W. Howard
    • RB: #34 L. Tate
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #79 R. Davis
    • NT: #95 C. Jarvis
    • RE: #94 R. Goff
    • LOLB: #59 K. Murphy
    • LILB: #99 E. Marve
    • RILB: #53 S. Coleman
    • ROLB: #57 W. Moss
    • LCB: #29 R. Reynolds
    • RCB: #36 B. Futrell
    • SS: #20 O. Harris
    • FS: #39 H. Hamilton
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Igwebuike, 12 Ferguson, 13 Criswell, 21 Wright, 27 Goode, 28 Brown, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 47 D Smith, 50 Turk, 51 Washington, 52 V Jones, 54 Randle, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 75 Kellin, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 83 Clinkscales, 97 Lee
    DID NOT PLAY
    • none.
    INACTIVE
    • 22 R Jones, 82 Hall

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Tate 19-66, Testaverde 5-55, Howard 14-47.
    • BEARS: Anderson 19-66, Sanders 10-50, Muster 3-17, Harbaugh 1-8, Wagner 1-0, Suhey 3-(-2).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Testaverde 22-7-86-2-0, Ferguson 10-5-77-0-1.
    • BEARS: Tomczak 21-9-179-2-1, Harbaugh 4-1-30-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Pillow 3-47, Hill 3-37, Carrier 2-39, D.Smith 2-22, Howard 1-14, Magee 1-4.
    • BEARS: Morris 3-70, McKinnon 2-49, Muster 1-40, Davis 1-21, Anderson 1-17, Moorehead 1-6, Thornton 1-6.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Hamilton 1-23, Harris 1-2.
    • BEARS: Douglass 1-29, Singletary 1-13.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Elder 3-93, Futrell 1-18.
    • BEARS: Gentry 1-42.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Futrell 4-54.
    • BEARS: McKinnon 2-18, Kowlowski 1-0.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Cannon 1-9.
    • BEARS: Rivers 1-10.

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