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Sunday, September 15, 2002 - Away Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 Baltimore Ravens 00

Tampa Bay rebounded in week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. Karl Williams returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown, and Martín Gramática scored three field goals. Derrick Brooks sealed the victory and secured the shutout with a 97-yard interception return touchdown with 1:06 to go.

Prior to the start of Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers-at-Baltimore Ravens game, the home team remembered Johnny Unitas in a variety of touching ways. Once the game began, Buccaneers passer Brad Johnson fashioned his own fitting tribute to the legendary quarterback.

On one of his best days as a Buccaneer, Johnson completed over 75% of his passes as Tampa Bay picked up a road win that was mostly devoid of tension. The Bucs shared in Baltimore's emotion during the pregame, then drained all drama from the game itself by sprinting out to a 10–0 lead and rarely letting Baltimore onto its half of the field.

Johnson completed all five of his passes on the Bucs’ opening drive, leading to a 36-yard Martin Gramatica field goal, and WR Karl Williams followed five minutes later with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown. Staked to a 10–0 lead, Tampa Bay's defense needed no more, pitching just the second road shut out in franchise history (the first: a 35–0 victory at Cincinnati in 1998). The Buccaneers Defense somewhat perturbed at its own performance in last Sunday's opener, even tied a bow on the affair in the final minutes when LB Derrick Brooks intercepted QB Chris Redman's pass at Tampa Bay's three and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 78°F. - Humidity 76% - Wind W. 0mph Wind Chill 78°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Terry McAulay
    • UMPIRE: Ed Coukart
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Jerry Bergman
    • LINE JUDGE: Byron Boston
    • SIDE JUDGE: Tommy Moore
    • BACK JUDGE: Billy Smith
    • FIELD JUDGE: Scott Steenson
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: Al Hynes
    • VIDEO OPERATOR: Chuck Heberling
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:39-1Q Gramatica FG36
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:54-1Q Williams 56 punt return (Gramatica kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 03:51-2Q Gramatica FG30
    • BUCCANEERS: 14:44-3Q Safety - ball fumbled through endzone
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:13-3Q Gramatica FG30
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:06-4Q Brooks 97 interception return (Gramatica kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #19 K. Johnson
    • LT: #72 R. Oben
    • LG: #71 K. Jenkins
    • C: #62 J. Christy
    • RG: #60 C. Coleman
    • RT: #67 K. Walker
    • TE: #85 K. Dilger
    • WR: #87 K. McCardell
    • QB: #14 B. Johnson
    • RB: #32 M. Pittman
    • FB: #40 M. Alstott
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LDE: #94 G. Spires
    • LDT: #99 W. Sapp
    • RDT: #92 A. McFarland
    • RDE: #97 S. Rice
    • SLB: #51 A. Singleton
    • MLB: #53 S. Quarles
    • WLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #25 B. Kelly
    • RCB: #20 R. Barber
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #34 D. Jackson
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 22 Gibson, 23 Phillips, 26 Smith, 27 Stecker, 35 Ivy, 38 Howell, 43 Cook, 45 Solwold, 52 Webster, 56 Nece, 74 Green, 77 Washington, 80 Yoder, 81 Battaglia, 83 Jurevicius, 86 Williams, 91 Darby, 96 Wyms, 98 Smith
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 11 Johnson, 34 Stephens
    INACTIVE
    • 10 King, 30 Barnes, 31 Wansley, 65 Hochstein, 75 Brown, 82 Walker, 84 Barlow, 90 Gurley

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Pittman 13-37, Alstott 11-23, Stecker 5-15, B.Johnson 1-(-1).
    • RAVENS: Lewis 17-53, Taylor 2-2, Redman 1-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: B.Johnson 31-24-211-0-0.
    • RAVENS: Redman 38-16-141-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Pittman 6-58, Alstott 5-25, McCardell 4-38, K.Johnson 3-47, Stecker 3-11, Jurevicius 2-18, Cook 1-14.
    • RAVENS: Lewis 5-38, Stokeley 4-57, Heap 3-20, Taylor 2-18, Jones 1-7, Ricard 1-1.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brooks 1-97.
    • RAVENS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 1-23, Stecker 1-22.
    • RAVENS: Tate 4-78, Hunter 1-15, Johnson 1-11.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 2-62.
    • RAVENS: Ogden 2-21, McAllister 1-10.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Wyms 1-9, McFarland 1-7, Smith 1-7.
    • RAVENS: Boulware 1-6.

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