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Sunday, October 8, 1978 - Away Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 Kansas City Chiefs 13

The Buccaneers, playing with the goal of keeping the Kansas City Chiefs’ Wing-T offense on the bench as much as possible, held them to little more than half of their regular rushing average.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers’ offense had their most productive day ever, setting a team record with three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Jimmy DuBose ran for two touchdowns and Louis Carter for one, and Doug Williams threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Morris Owens. Kansas City was held to a pair of Jan Stenerud field goals for most of the game. A fourth-quarter Tony Adams pass was ruled a touchdown, although replays showed that receiver Henry Marshall failed to keep both of his feet inbounds.

Richard Wood was given much of the credit for stifling the Chiefs’ league-leading rushing attack. Wood correctly expected that Chiefs offensive coordinator Tom Pagna would run the offense straight at him, as he did when Wood played at USC and Pagna coached at Notre Dame. Pagna assumed incorrectly that the undersized Wood would be overpowered, but Wood instead responded by making 12 tackles.

This was the Buccaneers’ third consecutive road win, and came one day after the Kansas City Royals were eliminated from the American League pennant race.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 72°F. - Humidity 45% - Wind S.E. 15mph - Wind Chill 68°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Gene Barth
    • UMPIRE: Joe Connell
    • LINE JUDGE: Bob McLaughlin
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Jerry Berqman
    • BACK JUDGE: Ben Tompkins
    • FIELD JUDGE: Fritz Graf
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dean Look
    SCORING
    • CHIEFS: 13:16-1Q Stenerud FG25
    • BUCCANEERS: 06:02-2Q O'Donoghue FG22
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:31-2Q Owens 10 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:37-4Q Stenerud FG30
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:09-4Q DuBose 1 run (kick failed)
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:20-4Q Carter 3 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 03:06-4Q Marshall 26 pass from Adams (Stenerud kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:58-4Q DuBose 1 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #78 K. Schumacher
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #64 G. Horton
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • HB: #42 R. Bell
    • RB: #35 J. DuBose
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • NT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LIB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RIB: #54 R. Wood
    • RCB: #56 C. Johnson
    • 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, 32 L Carter, 38 Davis, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers, 67 Moritz, 68 Medlin, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 80 Franklin, 82 Darby, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 15 Rae, 19 Huff, 65 Johnson
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: DuBose 21-75, Carter 9-19, Bell 6-14, Mucker 1-13, Williams 3-(-2).
    • CHIEFS: Reed 12-42, Bailey 7-23, Lane 9-20, McKnight 5-15, Adams 4-14, Belton 3-6.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 23-14-226-0-1.
    • CHIEFS: Adams 28-15-136-2-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 4-72, Mucker 3-81, Bell 2-10, Carter 2-4, Giles 1-38, McKay 1-12, Obradovich 1-9.
    • CHIEFS: Marshall 5-89, Belton 4-15, White 3-26, Lane 2-12, Bailey 1-(-6).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 1-24, Reece 1-13.
    • CHIEFS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 1-20, Mucker 1-6, Obradovich 1-6.
    • CHIEFS: Payton 2-90, Beckman 1-18, Sanders 1-13.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 3-64.
    • CHIEFS: Payton 2-18.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • CHIEFS: none.

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