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Sunday November 11, 1978 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Los Angeles Rams 26

Three Buccaneer starters went out with injuries, most significantly Doug Williams, who suffered a broken jaw on a Jack Youngblood blitz. Darryl Carlton separated a shoulder, and Dewey Selmon broke his wrist. Mike Rae played in relief of Williams, completing 9 of 17 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams double-covered both Buccaneer receivers, leaving no coverage to prevent Rae from rushing for 95 yards on four carries. Ricky Bell had his first 100-yard rushing day, with 21 carries for 104 yards.

The Buccaneers set several team records in this game: 209 yards was their highest rushing total yet, Bell's 555 yards were a Buccaneer single-season rushing record, and Neil O'Donoghue's 38 points were a new season scoring record.

Although the Rams were not on McKay's list of 18 teams that he felt the Buccaneers were competitive with, Buccaneers rallied to a 23–23 fourth-quarter tie before losing on a late Frank Corral field goal. It was the Buccaneers’ third fourth-quarter collapse in four weeks. The Buccaneers’ performance drew cheers from the Los Angeles crowd, among whom McKay was still a popular figure.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Hazy - 70°F. - Humidity 35% - Wind W. 5 mph Wind Chill 70°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Jim Tunney
    • UMPIRE: Pat Barder
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Burl Toler
    • LINE JUDGE: Dale Hamer
    • BACK JUDGE: Pat Knight
    • FIELD JUDGE: Don Hakes
    SCORING
    • RAMS: 3:57-1Q Corral FG29
    • RAMS: 14:50-2Q Cromwell 16 run (Corral kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 9:10-2Q O'Donoghue FG42
    • RAMS: 0:55-2Q Waddy 68 pass from Haden (Corral kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 0:01-2Q O'Donoghue FG25
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:02-3Q O'Donoghue FG30
    • RAMS: 4:23-3Q Corral FG27
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:41-4Q Bell 1 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • RAMS: 8:08-4Q Corral FG32
    • BUCCANEERS: 0:47-4Q McKay 23 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick)
    • RAMS: 0:03-4Q Corral FG27
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #83 F. Grant
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #72 G. Puetz
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #86 J. Obeadovich
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • FB: #38 J. Davis
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • T: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #53 R. Bonfess
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 15 Rae, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 White, 32 L Carter, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 55 Brown, 65 Johnson, 68 Medlin, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 84 Farmer, 87 Mucker, 88 Giles, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 19 Huff, 51 Nafziger, 56 Johnson, 60 Chambers
    INACTIVE
    • none

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 21-104, Rae 4-95, Davis 5-12, Carter 2-1, Ragsdale 2-(-1), Mucker 1-(-2).
    • RAMS: Cappelletti 9-48, McCutcheon 14-30, Cromwell 1-16, Bryant 2-10, Haden 2-10, Nelson 1-10, Jodat 1-(-2).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-1-13-0-0, Rae 17-9-123-3-1, Carter 1-1-66-0-0.
    • RAMS: Haden 27-15-233-0-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 3-10, McKay 2-51, Obradovich 2-31, Giles 2-25, Owens 1-66, Grant 1-19.
    • RAMS: Miller 6-105, Cappelletti 4-12, McCutcheon 3-35, Waddy 1-68, Jessie 1-13.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none
    • RAMS: Cromwell 1-32, Thomas 1-0, Perry 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 1-25, Carter 1-21, Obradovich 1-14, Giles 1-9.
    • RAMS: Latin 4-77, Jodat 1-4.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 6-31, Mucker 1-11.
    • RAMS: Wallace 4-48.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Pear 1-7, Kollar 1-3, Bonness 1-3, Hannah 1-1.
    • RAMS: Jones 3-34, Brudzinski 2-14, Jack Youngblood 1-9, Jim Youngblood 1-7, Dryer 1-6.

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