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Sunday September 18, 1977 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 03 Philadelphia Eagles 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second season opened with a loss against the Philadelphis Eagles being held to 160 total yards.

The Eagles’ tight end Keith Krepfle, playing in a cast with pins in his hand, caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ron Jaworski and made a 28-yard reception that set up a second touchdown. Ricky Bell carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards for the Buccaneers, but killed a scoring drive by fumbling on the Eagles’ 9-yard line.

With Randy Hedberg unable to pick up the Eagles’ blitzes, the Buccaneers were ineffective on offense. After having praised the offensive line's performance in their final preseason game against the Baltimore Colts, coach McKay complained that the line "refused to block", and called the team's performance "horse manure".

The offense failed to convert four opportunities from deep within Eagles territory, and scored only on a 22-yard Dave Green field goal.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 82°F. - Humidity 63% - Wind N. 9 mph Wind Chill 81°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Red Cashion
    • UMPIRE: Art Demmas
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ed Marion
    • LINE JUDGE: Jack Fette
    • BACK JUDGE: John Fouch
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill Kingzett
    SCORING
    • EAGLES: 07:30-2Q Sullivan 7 pass from Jaworski (Muhlmann kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 11:22-3Q Green FG22
    • EAGLES: 00:29-3Q Krepfle 17 pass from Jaworski (kick failed)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #62 J. Winans
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #80 J. Novak
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #14 R. Hedberg
    • RB: #43 E. Williams
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • MG: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • OLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • ILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • ILB: #54 R. Wood
    • OLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LC: #45 J. White
    • RC: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 Davis, 32 L Carter, 43 Williams, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 73 Hannah, 77 Kollar, 79 Wilson, 80 Novak, 81 Hagins, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 21 Jennings
    INACTIVE
    • 19 Huff, 53 Bonness

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 15-53, Williams 4-14, Davis 5-12, Hedberg 3-10, Carter 1-3.
    • EAGLES: Sullivan 20-56, Hogan 11-49, Lemaster 1-30, Jaworski 4-7, Lusk 2-2.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hedberg 25-10-66-0-0, Blount 1-1-4-0-0, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
    • EAGLES: Jaworski 24-14-147-2-2, Gabriel 1-1-15-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-19, Owens 2-21, Carter 2-1, Bell 1-12, McKay 1-9, Hagins 1-8.
    • EAGLES: Krepfle 4-77, Carmichael 4-30, Smith 2-25, Sullivan 2-13, Hogan 2-2, Papale 1-15.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 1-22, Johnson 1-0.
    • EAGLES: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: A.Davis 3-62.
    • EAGLES: Marshall 2-46.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 3-23, Hagins 2-9.
    • EAGLES: Marshall 9-89, Mitchell 1-0.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: L.Selmon 2-18, Rudolph 1-7.
    • EAGLES: Sistrunk 1-22, Burnham 1-10, Johnson 1-7, Hairston 1-0.

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