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Saturday, September 1, 1979 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Detroit Lions 16

Buccaneers Rookie running back Jerry Eckwood rushed for a team record 121 yards, and the overall total of 229 yards rushing also set a team record.

Lions quarterback Joe Reed was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a groin injury. When Wally Chambers forced the Lions' Horace King to fumble in the first quarter, Lee Roy Selmon returned the ball 29 yards for a touchdown. A 62-yard drive led to a touchdown by Ricky Bell, followed by a 66-yard touchdown pass from Doug Williams to Jimmie Giles.

The Buccaneers then ate up 8½ minutes of the third quarter, finishing off with a touchdown pass to Jim Obradovich

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 80°F. - Humidity 62% - Wind E. 8 mph Wind Chill 81°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Chuck Heberling
    • UMPIRE: Ed Fiffich
    • LINE JUDGE: Bruce Alford
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Dodez
    • BACK JUDGE: Paul Baetz
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill Stanley
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dave Parry
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:55-1Q O'Donoghue FG31
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:30-1Q L Selmon 29 fumble return (O'Donoghue kick)
    • LIONS: 09:23-2Q Hill 11 pass from Reed (Ricardo kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:41-2Q Bell 7 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:58-2Q Giles 66 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:39-4Q Kane 3 run (Ricardo kick)
    • LIONS: 04:46-4Q Bussey 1 run (Ricardo kick)
    • LIONS: 01:03-4Q Safety - Rae sacked by English in the endzone
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #73 C. Hannah
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #84 G. Jones
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • RB: #43 J. Eckwood
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #60 W. Chambers
    • NT: #77 B. Kollar
    • 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: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 6 O'Donoghue, 15 Rae, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 71 Crowder, 74 Sanders, 79 Lewis, 81 Hagins, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 14 Fusina
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Eckwood 20-121, Bell 13-53, J.Davis 6-26, Williams 2-16, Berns 4-9., Ragsdale 3-4.
    • LIONS: King 10-53, Bussey 9-28, Robinson 5-27, Scott 1-18, Callicutt 1-10, Kane 2-5, Gaines 2-3, Komlo 2-(-2).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 16-4-99-0-2, Rae 4-1-12-0-0.
    • LIONS: Reed 15-8-61-0-1, Komlo 21-5-45-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Giles 3-97, Berns 1-12, Obradovich 1-2.
    • LIONS: Hill 5-48, King 4-23, Scott 1-16, Callicutt 1-11, Blue 1-6, Bussey 1-2.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • LIONS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 1-19, T.Davis 1-16.
    • LIONS: Leonard 3-70, Thompson 2-81, Callicut 2-23.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 8-42.
    • LIONS: Thompson 2-27, Leonard 1-7.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Kollar 1-9, Lewis 1-8.
    • LIONS: English 1-5, Gay 1-1.

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