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Saturday, September 2, 1978 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 New York Giants 19

The New York Giants scored ten points off of Buccaneer interceptions en route to an upset victory.

The Buccaneers rushed for 165 yards, but were held to field goals on drives deep in Giants territory. Doug Williams suffered a badly bruised shoulder when tackled by Gary Jeter in the first quarter, and was replaced by Gary Huff. Terry Jackson returned Williams’ early interception, called by John McKay a "terrible blunder", for a touchdown.

Williams completed only one of six passes before leaving with the injury. The Buccaneers took the lead on a 2-yard Jimmy DuBose touchdown and a Neil O'Donoghue field goal, but Joe Pisarcik's 67-yard pass to Johnny Perkins gave the Giants the lead for good.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 82°F. - Humidity 65% - Wind S. 12 mph Wind Chill 80°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Don Wedge
    • UMPIRE: Frank Sinkovitz
    • LINE JUDGE: Don Porter
    • LINESMAN: Gil Mace
    • BACK JUDGE: Al Jury
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill O'Brien
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dick Ferguson
    SCORING
    • GIANTS: 14:08-1Q Jackson 32 interception return (Danelo kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:31-1Q DuBose 2 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:51-2Q O'Donoghue FG34
    • GIANTS: 01:57-2Q Danelo FG42
    • GIANTS: 06:51-3Q Perkins 67 pass from Pisarcik (kick failed)
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:12-4Q O'Donoghue FG26
    • GIANTS: 06:05-4Q Danelo FG23
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #87 L. Mucker
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #62 J. Winans
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #82 A. Darby
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • FB: #35 J. DuBose
    • TB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • NT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #25 C. Jordan
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 19 Huff, 23 Ragsdale, 31 Anderson, 32 L Carter, 33 Cotney, 38 Davis, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers, 65 Johnson, 67 Moritz, 77 Kollar, 81 Hagins, 86 Obradovich, 88 Giles, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 10 Boryla, 74 Freitas
    INACTIVE
    • 71 Crowder

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 13-54, DuBose 12-52, Davis 5-31, Carter 5-19, Huff 3-10, Giles 1-(-1).
    • GIANTS: Csonka 6-28, Taylor 11-18, Spencer 9-16, Kotar 5-14, Doornink 4-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 5-1-9-1-0, Huff 22-9-84-2-0, Green 1-0-0-0-0.
    • GIANTS: Golsteyn 10-3-27-0-0, Pisarcik 15-9-156-1-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Giles 5-57, Owens 2-22, Carter 2-5, Hagins 1-9.
    • GIANTS: Perkins 4-110, Robinson 2-28, Taylor 2-20, Doornink 2-14, Kotar 1-8, Spencer 1-3.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Washington 1-3.
    • GIANTS: Jackson 1-32, Carson 1-14, Rhodes 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 4-69, Obradovich 1-17.
    • GIANTS: Pough 2-64, Taylor 1-22, Skorupan 1-17.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 5-76.
    • GIANTS: Hammond 1-0, Robinson 1-(-4), Jackson 2-(-7).
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Chambers 1-6, Pear 1-6, Selmon 1-1, Wood 0.5-3.5, Johnson 0.5-3.5.
    • GIANTS: Mendenhall 1-7.

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