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Sunday, October 9, 1977 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 Washington Redskins 10

Ricky Bell sat out the game with a shoulder injury, and Darryl Carlton left the game early.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks were sacked ten times (still a team record as of 2009), and threw three interceptions. Eddie Brown's 11 punt returns set an NFL single-game record, also still standing.

John McKay reacted angrily to Washington tackle Bill Brundige's postgame remarks that McKay's USC offense wouldn’t work in the NFL. McKay called Brundige an "idiot" and a "dumb tackle", and pointed out that the Redskins scored their first touchdown from the same formation. He then told reporters, "none of you know anything about football", and chided them for asking why the Buccaneers were having trouble moving the ball, when they knew that several starters were out with injuries.

The Buccaneers defense held Washington to ten points, despite the Redskins’ eight possessions in Buccaneer territory.

Washington players described it as among the best in the league, and coach George Allen said it was "of championship caliber". The 18th consecutive loss tied the Buccaneers with the 1972–1973 Houston Oilers for the third longest NFL losing streak.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Fair - 87°F. - Humidity 63% - Wind S.W. 10 mph Wind Chill 85°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Cal LePore
    • UMPIRE: Dave Hamilton
    • LINE JUDGE: Bill Swanson
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Sonnenberg
    • BACK JUDGE: Grover Klemmer
    • FIELD JUDGE: Jack Vaughan
    SCORING
    • REDSKINS: 10:10-1Q Moseley FG44
    • REDSKINS: 05:28-1Q Thomas 6 run (Moseley kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #79 S. Wilson
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #83 D. Nafziger
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #14 R. Hedberg
    • RB: #43 E. Williams
    • RB: #28 A. Davis
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • NT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • OLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • ILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • ILB: #54 R. Wood
    • OLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LC: #45 J. White
    • RC: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 9 Leavitt, 19 Huff, 25 Jordan, 35 DuBose, 38 Wender, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 73 Hannah, 77 Kollar, 81 Hagins, 82 Butler, 83 Nafziger, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 17 Blount, 62 Winans
    INACTIVE
    • 42 Bell, 80 Novak

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Davis 15-54, Williams 6-27, DuBose 4-14, Huff 1-2.
    • REDSKINS: Riggins 17-52, Thomas 19-45, Hill 8-18, Theismann 1-5, Jones 1-1, Kilmer 1-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Huff 26-10-138-3-0, Hedberg 2-0-0-0-0.
    • REDSKINS: Kilmer 22-11-134-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Mucker 3-42, Hagins 3-31, McKay 2-40, Butler 1-21, Carter 1-4.
    • REDSKINS: Fugett 3-48, Grant 2-35, Taylor 2-26, Jones 1-10, Riggins 1-9, Hill 1-7, Thomas 1-(-1).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 1-17.
    • REDSKINS: Houston 1-31, Lavender 1-5, Curtis 1-1.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 2-48, Hagins 1-7.
    • REDSKINS: Brown 1-17.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 4-4, Hagins 1-(-1).
    • REDSKINS: Brown 11-84.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Rudolph 1-9, L.Selmon 1-7.
    • REDSKINS: Johnson 3-22, Brundidge 2-25, Lorch 2-20, McDole 1-13, Dusek 1-11, Talbert 1-8

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