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Sunday November 19, 1978 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Buffalo Bills 10

Following two subpar defensive performances, the Buccaneers held the Bills without a touchdown until the fourth quarter, when the Buccaneers already had a 31–3 lead. Buc defenders cheered a return to their regular 3–4 alignment.

Johnny Davis gained 78 yards on 18 carries after a Bills player fell on Ricky Bell's knee. The injury to Bell, combined with the earlier injuries to Doug Williams and Jimmy DuBose, left the Buccaneers without their entire starting backfield. Buccaneers running backs nevertheless combined for 204 yards.

Bell and Davis ran for a touchdown each. Mike Rae threw two touchdown passes; one to Morris Owens, and another to Jimmie Giles for the first of Giles’ career.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 82°F. - Humidity 76% - Wind N.E. 10-15mph Wind Chill 81°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Jerry Markbreit
    • UMPIRE: Gorson Wells
    • LINE JUDGE: Bill Reynolds
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Dodez
    • BACK JUDGE: Tony Kelleher
    • FIELD JUDGE: Ed Merrifield
    • SIDE JUDGE: Jim Osborne
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:24-1Q Bell 12 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 05:59-2Q O'Donoghue FG28
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:00-3Q Owens 22 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BILLS: 03:47-3Q Dempsey FG37
    • BUCCANEERS: 12:47-4Q Giles 33 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:44-4Q Davis 3 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BILLS: 02:43-4Q Chandler 9 pass from Munson (Dempsey kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #72 G. Puetz
    • TE: #86 J. Obradovich
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #15 M. Rae
    • FB: #38 J. Davis
    • TB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • RT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #51 D. Nafziger
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 White, 32 L Carter, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers , 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 83 Grant, 87 Mucker, 88 Giles
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 19 Huff, 56 Johnson, 65 Johnson, 70 Carlton
    INACTIVE
    • 12 Williams

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Davis 18-73, Bell 8-54, Carter 8-34, White 4-23, Rae 5-11, Ragsdale 3-10.
    • BILLS: Brown 14-44, Miller 7-20, Hooks 3-12, Johnson 2-3.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Rae 14-7-121-1-2.
    • BILLS: Ferguson 16-6-47-2-0, Munson 22-12-112-2-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 3-50, Mucker 2-29, Giles 1-33, Carter 1-9.
    • BILLS: Chandler 6-60, Gant 4-39, Hooks 2-20, Brown 2-10, Lewis 1-15, Miller 1-3, Piccone 1-11, Johnson 1-1.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 2-24, White 1-23, Cotney 1-0.
    • BILLS: Clark 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 2-64.
    • BILLS: Moody 3-46, Johnson 1-41.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 4-28.
    • BILLS: Piccone 1-12, Moody 1-4.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Harris 1-10, L.Selmon 1-9, Chambers 1-8.
    • BILLS: Sanford 1-8, Kadish 0.5-3, Hardison 0.5-3

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