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Sunday, September 4, 1983 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 Detroit Lions 11

Lions defensive end William Gay recorded 5½ sacks, six tackles and two assists, while Doug English sacked Jerry Golsteyn in the end zone for a safety.

Eddie Murray kicked field goals of 29, 48, and 38 yards. Tampa Bay drove deep into Lions territory twice, stopped on fourth-and-one in the first quarter, and forced to punt from the Lions' 30-yard line in the fourth. Dave Reavis suffered a sprained knee early in the game.

McKay later said that both quarterbacks performed well when given the time to throw. Jimmie Giles saw limited duty. Kelly Thomas left the game with heat exhaustion. The seven sacks allowed by the Buccaneers were the result of first-half injuries to three Buccaneer tackles; Reavis, Thomas, and Gene Sanders. The injuries left the team with four guards and a center, but no tackles. Mark Cotney went on injured reserve after suffering a broken thumb that required surgery.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Clear - 88°F. - Humidity 65% - Wind S.E. 11 mph Wind Chill 89°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Gordon McCarter
    • UMPIRE: Ron Botchan
    • LINE JUDGE: Jack Fette
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Tom Johnson
    • BACK JUDGE: J. W. Sanders
    • FIELD JUDGE: Pat Mallette
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dean Look
    SCORING
    • LIONS: 07:04-1Q Safety - Golsteyn sacked in the end zone
    • LIONS: 03:51-2Q Murray FG29
    • LIONS: 06:16-3Q Murray FG48
    • LIONS: 08:57-4Q Murray FG38
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #87 G. Carter
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #72 R. Snell
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #62 S. Ferrell
    • RT: #70 K. Thomas
    • TE: #82 J. Bell
    • WR: #89 K. House
    • QB: #11 J. Golsteyn
    • FB: #32 J. Wilder
    • TB: #28 M. Carver
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 J. Cannon
    • NT: #76 D. Logan
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #59 A. Hawkins
    • LILB: #58 J. Davis
    • RILB: #52 S. Brantley
    • ROLB: #53 H. Green
    • LCB: #21 J. Holt
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 5 Garcia, 14 Thompson, 20 Colzie, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 24 Morris, 26 Owens, 43 Middleton, 54 Wood, 55 Spradlin, 56 Johnson, 57 Leonard, 60 Grimes, 66 Reese, 68 Yarno, 69 Arbubakrr, 74 Sanders, 80 Branton, 81 Tyler, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 88 Giles, 90 White, 93 Witte
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 8 Hewko, 65 Stalls
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Carver 11-22, Wilder 5-18, Morton 5-16, Owens 1-4.
    • LIONS: Sims 14-37, Jones 11-23, Hipple 3-11, King 3-6.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Golsteyn 21-14-120-0-0, Thompson 12-7-97-1-0.
    • LIONS: Hipple 24-14-174-1-0, Danielson 10-8-89-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Wilder 9-69, Carter 4-41, T.Bell 2-47, J.Bell 2-16, Obradovich 1-19, Witte 1-10, Carver 1-9, House 1-6.
    • LIONS: Thompson 6-80, Nichols 5-41, Jones 3-49, Sims 3-31, Chadwick 2-19, Norris 1-35, King 1-4, Rubick 1-4.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 1-10.
    • LIONS: Latimer 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Morton 2-18.
    • LIONS: Hall 1-25, Martin 1-15.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Tyler 3-21.
    • LIONS: Martin 2-25.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Selmon 2-19, Logan 1-8..
    • LIONS: Gay 5.5-39, English 1-7, Moss 0.5-1.

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