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Saturday, September 9, 1978 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 07 Detroit Lions 15

The Detroit Lions held the Buccaneers to 101 yards of total offense, 56 yards of which came on a first-quarter Ricky Bell run.

Bell scored the Buccaneers’ only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge.

The Buccaneers were hurt by penalties and turnovers, fumbling four times in the first quarter alone. A Lions drive late in the first half was extended twice by Buccaneers penalties, the first when Curtis Jordan ran into punter Tom Skladany, and the second when Dave Pear's late hit on Lions quarterback Greg Landry knocked Landry out of the game. This penalty nullified a Mike Washington interception, and resulted in one of Benny Ricardo's three field goals.

Buccaneers passers were sacked seven times. Mike Boryla started the game for the Buccaneers, but was replaced by Gary Huff. Coming off of the previous season's knee injury, Boryla declared his recovering knee too sore to play on, and went back on injured reserve after the game.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 86°F. - Humidity 40% - Wind N.W. 7 mph Wind Chill 88°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Cal Lepore
    • UMPIRE: Dave Hamilton
    • LINE JUDGE: Bob Beeks
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Tony Veteri
    • BACK JUDGE: Banks Williams
    • FIELD JUDGE: Jack Vaughan
    • SIDE JUDGE: Grover Klemmer
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 10:02-1Q Bell 1 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • LIONS: 06:00-1Q Ricardo FG48
    • LIONS: 104:44-1Q Thompson 9 pass from Landry (kick failed)
    • LIONS: 00:00-2Q Ricardo FG47
    • LIONS: 11:28-4Q Ricardo FG27
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #86 J. Obradovich
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #65 R. Johnson
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #10 M. Boryla
    • FB: #38 J. Davis
    • TB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • DT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Solmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #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, 19 Huff, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 31 Anderson, 32 L Carter, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers, 67 Moritz, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 81 Hagins, 82 Darby, 87 Mucker, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 12 Williams, 35 DuBose
    INACTIVE
    • 62 Winans

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 15-98, J.Davis 6-28, Carter 5-9, Ragsdale 1-5.
    • LIONS: Bussey 21-88, King 17-38, Gaines 3-17, Bolton 2-5, Kane 3-1.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Boryla 5-2-15-0-0, Huff 9-4-48-1-0.
    • LIONS: Landry 10-8-55-0-1, Danielson 4-1-14-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Giles 2-37, Owens 1-18, Hagins 1-11. J.Davis 1-0, Carter 1-(-3),
    • LIONS: Thompson 3-29, King 3-27, Jarvis 1-9, Kane 1-6, Hill 1-(-2).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • LIONS: Hunter 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 4-51.
    • LIONS: Thompson 2-52.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Cotney 5-38, Brown 2-9.
    • LIONS: Thompson 3-30, Hunter 1-19, Blue 1-11.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: L.Selmon 1-12, Pear 1-10.
    • LIONS: Baker 3-46, Woodcock 2-23, Gallagher 1-13, O'Neil 1-12.

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